Enjoying a glass of Rose while Gwyneth lends inspiration
1. Have a cocktail while you cook. It will loosen you up a bit which is great if you are trying something new or cooking with someone else. But don’t have too much- you don’t want to burn the food or leave out a critical ingredient.
2. Have “your girls” with you. I am a big fan of the 3 G’s: (1) Giada deLaurentiis (2) Gwyneth Paltrow (3) Garten… That’s Ina Garten (aka The Barefoot Contessa) I love their cookbooks, shows, websites etc… They are very inspirational to me.
3. Good tools. These will make your life so much easier. You should have a decent wooden spoon, a sharp chef’s knife, a mini food processor, a microplane or cheese grater and a good Le Creuset pot.
7. If you have one close, get your fruit and vegetables from a local farmer’s market. You aren’t only helping out a local business, the freshness and flavor will show in your cooking. In Charlotte, we have great one that I have gone to my whole life. Unfortunately, it is not open year-round.