Technique, Technique, Technique
Most chefs go to school for years to perfect their cooking styles. Master the following techniques at home and you'll find yourself succeeding at any recipe that comes your way.
- Making a pan sauce
- Making a roux
- Making a vinaigrette
- Blanching vegetables
- Making stock
Home chefs should also learn proper knife skills. Knowing which knife to use in which situation makes the cooking experience more efficient as well as safer for your fingers. It's also a good idea that you learn how to cut up a whole chicken. You'll use all the different parts of the chicken, and it's also much cheaper to buy a whole chicken than to buy individual pieces. You should also learn how to make perfect pasta and rice, as they are staples of many meals.
You can find instructions on these techniques in any good cookbook or online. Or perhaps your community offers cooking classes.