Everything I Really Need to Know About Cooking I Learned From Rachael Ray

Between her cooking show, travel shows, talk show, monthly magazine and books, I’ve come to learn a lot about cooking from Rachael Ray. I wouldn’t describe myself as a Super Fan or anything – it’s not like I TiVo her shows or anything – but I do tune in if I’m watching TV and I see that it’s on. I’ve got five of her books. When I needed new pots & pans, hers was a line I checked out (and subsequently bought). Rachael Ray is everywhere, and she’s bordering on over saturation to be honest. Still, I’ve learned a lot about cooking.

  1. You don’t really need to measure anything exactly unless you’re baking. "Once around the pan" is a valid measurement.
  2. You really can make a good meal in 30 minutes or less, no matter your experience in the kitchen.
  3. You can use EVOO in anything.
  4. You should cook what you like and not worry about your weight – but there are tons of great recipes that are good for the waistline.
  5. Having a garbage bowl or doing your prep next to the garbage disposal is a must.
  6. You don’t need to be a chef to be a master in the kitchen.
  7. You don’t need to put in a lot of effort or time to prepare food for a casual party if you’re smart about it.
  8. There is no shame in buying canned or boxed… for some things.
  9. Most of your spices have a 6-month shelf life.
  10. Only Rachael Ray can carry as many items as she does without dropping them!

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