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What are five easy dishes that a beginner, learning to cook, can practice cooking?

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Date Added : July 12, 2014 Views : 1841

Hard Boiled Eggs
Now you might think that hard boiling an egg is easy and that it doesn't teach you anything but the truth is it teaches you a lot about cooking. You learn about food chemistry, a food technique similar to blanching, and many other things. Also, doing the perfect hard boiled egg isn't a matter of boiling the egg for X amount of time. Anyone can make rubbery, grey/greenish coated yolk, dense textured yolk. To do picture perfect eggs takes skill.

What you Need:

  • Eggs (the older the better, but not "gone bad" old)

  • Tap water

  • Sauce pan with cover

  • Baking soda

  • Bowl with ice and water


  1. Take a good amount of eggs in a sauce pan and cover it with cold water till covers the top of the eggs.

  2. Add a little bit of baking soda to the water and bring to a boil.

  3. Once it boils, remove it from the heat source, cover it, and let it sit for 15 minutes.

  4. Prepare an ice bath (ice cubes and water)

  5. After 15 minutes, immediately put the eggs into the ice bath until the eggs are around room temp when you hold them.

  6. Crack both ends of an egg and blow on one to pop off the shell (optional).

What You Learn:

  1. That cooking isn't about highest heat in the shortest amount of time. Sometimes you need to cook things slower at low temperatures to get the best result.

  2. That baking soda has a thousand and one uses.

  3. That things continue to cook even after you remove it from its heat source. You see it in eggs, steaks, and a many other things.

  4. That hard-boiling a few eggs is a pain in the butt!

A Plain Omelette

Yeah, yeah. Another egg recipe. You'll probably end up being sick of eggs when I'm done. 


What You Need:

  • Eggs

  • Cooking oil or butter

  • Frying pan

  • Bowl

  • Fork or Spatula

  • Fixins'


  1. Crack one or two eggs into a bowl.

  2. Use a fork to whisk it. I mean really get in there. You can't hurt the eggs so put some elbow grease into it. Add your fixins' (optional).

  3. Put some oil in a pan on med-high heat.

  4. Pour your eggs in and immediately use the fork or spatula to drag the outsides (rim) of the eggs to the center. Keep doing this until it's not so runny.

  5. Cook for less than a minute then fold over the egg.

What You Learn:

  1. That even regular utensil make good cooking tools. You don't always have to buy the most expensive thing to get the job done.

  2. The air between layers in recipes often times gives things their "fluffy" texture.

  3. Whether you really like eggs or not.

Shallow Pan Fried Chicken Thigh

This is a very simple and delicious dish that teaches you about the Maillard reaction or as I like to call them, flavor crystals.


What You Need:

  • Boneless chicken thighs

  • Paper towels

  • Soap & Water

  • Cooking oil

  • Frying pan

  • Tongs

  • Kosher Salt / Pepper


  1. Defrost your chicken thigh if you have to.

  2. Take a paper towel and pat dry the chicken. You want a really dry outside.

  3. Wash your hands with soap.

  4. Put oil in a pan and bring it to medium heat.

  5. Place the thighs on the pan away from each other. No crowding!

  6. Leave it there. No touching!

  7. Nudge the thigh with confidence with a tong. Doesn't move at all? Not done, leave it alone. If it dislodged, flip it over and repeat steps 6-7.

  8. Plate it and add some salt and pepper.

What You Learn:

  1. Patience! Sometimes you just gotta let things sit there and cook. The more you check to see if it's done, the more you ruin it.

  2. The Maillard reaction (only applies to meats!)

  3. The beginning steps in deglazing a pan (liquid flavor crystals!).

  4. Whether you like dark meat or white meat.

(White/Dark/Milk) Chocolate Covered Pretzels

This will teach you about candy and how hard it is to work with while saving you from the dangers of getting hurt. Boiling hot sugar on your skin ain't fun.


What You Need:

  • Chocolate (in bars or in morsels)

  • Glass bowl

  • Water

  • Broken fork

  • Wax Paper


  1. Take a saucepan and fill it halfway with water. Place a glass bowl in the saucepan (make sure no water gets into the dish!)

  2. Heat the water to around 105 degrees F and place 2/3 of your small chocolate chunks into the dish and melt it.

  3. Remove the bowl from the heat and add the remaining 1/3's of chocolate and stir till it melts.

  4. Let it sit until it reaches: 

    Dark (no milk content): 88-90°

    Milk: 86-88°F

    White: 80-82°F (27-28°C)

  5. Dip the pretzel into the chocolate and use a plastic fork with the two middle prongs broken off to get it out of the chocolate. Tap the fork against the bowl to get rid of extra chocolate.

  6. Place on wax paper to dry.

What You Learn:

  1. How to make a double boiler without spending any money.

  2. Tempered chocolate (makes shiny chocolate with a snap and not dull looking with a fudge texture)

  3. How to use those extra plastic fork you have around the house.

  4. Realize that chocolate pretzels are a rip-off at the store.

Poor Man's Sushi

That's right, sushi's on the beginner's list. Easy to make, hard to master, awesome way to impress your friends. The ingredients you can find at your local supermarket. Not just your asian one although they're probably all in one aisle.


What You Need:

  • Sushi rice

  • Water

  • Sauce Pan

  • Rice vinegar

  • Kosher Salt

  • Sugar

  • Cucumber

  • Seaweed wrap cut into 1 inch thin strips


  1. Buy sushi rice. I like this brand because it's cheap.

  2. Place 2 cups of rice into a mixing bowl and cover with cool water. Swish the rice in the water (really agitate it) , pour off the water and repeat 2 to 3 times or until the water is clear.

  3. Place the rice and 2 cups of water into a medium saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, uncovered.

  4. When it starts to boil, turn down the heat to the lowest setting and cover. Cook for 15 minutes.

  5. Remove from the heat and leave it covered for 10 minutes.

  6. Mix the rice vinegar (2 tablespoons), sugar (2 tablespoons) and kosher salt (1 tablespoons) in a small bowl and heat in the microwave on high for 30 to 45 seconds.

  7. Dice cucumber into 1 inch cubes.

  8. Put the rice and liquid mixture into a bowl (wood preferred) and mix (be gentle!). Cool to room temp.

  9. Wet hands, slap some rice in your palm, a piece of cucumber, and some more rice on top and squeeze it into a ball with both hands.

  10. Wrap around strip of seaweed and enjoy with soy sauce or whatever you want.

What You Learn:

  1. How to work with sticky materials.

  2. How to work directly with your food.

  3. What makes something sushi (the sweetened rice, not raw fish).

  4. That sushi isn't a rip off at the restaurant.

What are five easy dishes that a beginner, learning to cook, can practice cooking?

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