We're going to guess that you're a pretty happy cook already, but that doesn't mean you can't infuse even more joy into making your meals. Here's our best advice from this year about how to make it even more fun to spend time in the kitchen.
We promise doing these five things will make your day (and your evening meal) much, much better.
Learn from our list of best and worst things ever purchased for the kitchen and avoid making the same mistakes.
No, that doesn't mean mediocre; it means that while you might have a few stand-out dishes, you're also capable of pulling off something new — even if it wouldn't earn a Michelin star.
You can learn something from everyone. Cambria wrote about how she learned invaluable lessons from her scientist husband about how to be a better cook.
They'll make you a more laid-back cook — we promise.
Using the term "real cook" is just a coded way to judge someone's cooking, and happy cooks know that it's more about happiness in the kitchen.
Small kitchens are great places to cook — as long as you banish counter clutter once and for all.
Happy cooks are eternally curious, and learning a new skill or perfecting an old one can open up a whole new world in the kitchen. (Bonus: It can take as little as five minutes.)
If you're moving into a new home in 2016, you'll want to make sure to take your time before unpacking your kitchen. These are the five things you must do before you move in.
Use Sunday afternoon or evening to get set for the week. Plus, if you're focused on cooking and meal prep, you won't think about the emails waiting for you at work.
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