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What A Newbie Needs To Start Cooking

The slide show I added is a list of basic kitchen equipment each new cook should have in their home. Most items on this list do not need to be purchased at a high-end store, with the exception of knives and kitchen shears. Those items you should really shop for. A knife, especially a dull one is the most dangerous item in a kitchen. You want a knife that fits comfortably in your hand, slices, chops with ease, is stainless steel and wont rust. A good pair of kitchen shears should be sharp and able to cut through chicken bones.

Last if you are using an electric can opener, throw it away and buy one that is not electric. Why, how often do people actually clean the blade? Cutting boards and electric can openers are the fastest way to cross contaminate food in your kitchen and potentially get someone very sick.




Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

2 thoughts on “What A Newbie Needs To Start Cooking

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