Our community of Kitchen Heroes are made up of home cooks just like you. Through cooking challenges and successes, they have discovered tips and tricks to cooking, and they are here to help you succeed in the kitchen!
Find your dinner community
There are thousands of home cooks in our community – Some started off as experienced cooks, who just needed some new dinner ideas. Others are busy folks who are trying to save time but still want to enjoy a nice, home cooked meal. And there are those who want to learn how to cook and eat healthier.
When they joined, they not only discovered new and delicious meals, they also found a place of supportive home cooks just like them, who helped them learn more about the joys of cooking. Now, they’re sharing their wisdom (all learned from trial and error!) to help you stress less, cook more, and live healthier in the kitchen.
“Try new things. There have been so many Cook Smarts recipes that I’ve looked at and said, ‘Hmm…I don’t know if I’m going to like that.’ But every doubt I’ve ever had has pretty much always been wrong. I’ve decided to go into the recipes with an open mind, because if I don’t like something, no one is forcing me to make it again, but I might find something that I had no idea was delicious.”
“Plan ahead. I think every person (not just moms) understands that planning ahead makes anything easier. Cook Smarts helped me change that aspect of my kitchen life…For me, the reward is freedom: Freedom from all the nitty-gritty of planning, freedom from being trapped in the kitchen for too long each night, freedom from the restaurant and take-out ball and chain, and freedom to spend my evenings the way I want to — with my family.”
“You have to make homemade meals a priority. Yes, it takes more time to buy and assemble everything, and where I live, it’s often more expensive to buy quality, healthy ingredients. But I look at it as an investment in my health and happiness, and the health and happiness of my family, so it’s definitely worth it!”
“Make cooking an activity that you can enjoy — and assuming that’s the case, bring your kids into the fun. Let them see that you enjoy cooking, are proud of the results.”
“Never stop trying new things. There are foods that I didn’t think I liked, but only because of how they were prepared. It’s so easy to write off a new recipe by saying, ‘I don’t like lamb’ or ‘I don’t eat tofu,’ but I’ve grown to love ingredients I once hated just by preparing them in a new way.”
“Remember that even mistakes are progress. Not everything you make is going to be the most amazing thing you’ve ever tasted. You made it, and that in and of itself is an accomplishment to be proud of. And a great reason to try again tomorrow!”
“My kitchen mantra (preferably said in a Julia Child voice): ‘Don’t be afraid!’ The worst that can happen when trying a new recipe is that you toss it in the trash and order Chinese takeout. If you fail at something, learn from it and use it to make the next meal better.”
“Laugh at your mistakes, don’t take cooking too seriously, and always read the ENTIRE recipe before starting! Whenever I forget to read the recipe directions before hand, there is always a step requiring long refrigerating or marinating time.”
“My best advice is to do some research and invest in good equipment; it will pay for itself over and over again. (You can start by replacing pieces and build up if that’s easier, too, of course.) Cooking with good equipment makes it easier and safer to cook, and I would argue that it makes you want to constantly do better.”
“Focus on finding the best ingredients, and food will taste fantastic. It’s even better if you grow them yourself!”