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Jun 22, 2012
10:36 AM

Cooking Tips for Absolute Beginners

Klutz in the kitchen? Never fear! Our savvy foodie mom breaks down the bare bones basics for nervous parents (and kids) with simple tips.

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Using Your Slow Cooker

A Crock-Pot is a kitchen klutz's best friend. The beauty of using a slow cooker is that you can throw all of the ingredients into the pot in the morning and come home to a perfectly cooked meal at night. The problem with Crock-Pots is that the slow cooking tends to seep all of the flavor out of whatever you put into it, like meats – and if you cook it too long, the meat becomes downright mushy.

Avoid both Crock-Pot pitfalls by adding plenty of flavor to the meat you're cooking and by using the low setting, instead of high. One of my favorite easy slow cooker meals is putting four frozen chicken breasts into the slow cooker, along with one jar of tomato pasta sauce. Cook on low for five to six hours and then serve over spaghetti.

Tip: Coat the inside of the Crock-Pot bowl with cooking spray for easy cleanup.

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