Be That Awesome Cook!

Who could give you a better advice on cooking, if not the person who’s actually spending a lot of time in the kitchen? Many of our magazine fans who carry the proud titles of a “mom”, a “wife” and/or “caring family member” helped us to determine what makes a person good in cooking, and serve exceptional food to the table on any occasion, or even when there’s no occasion at all. Dear readers, moms, housewives, and cooks, take this article with you to the kitchen. There are tricks and secrets for almost everything you can think of. Be aware though, what happens in the kitchen, stays in the kitchen. So shhhhh…. and let ‘s get to work.

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Sona Kocharyan’s Tips
  • Buy what’s in season for the food to taste good.
  • Buy food sourced in the U.S.
  • Look for the butterfly for the Non-GMO Project.
  • Buy organic! Especially meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs(can be kosher or halal).
  • Buy wild caught fish instead of farm raised
  • Be delicate when cooking fish, paying attention to the temperature it’s being cooked. For example, sockeye salmon doesn’t take high heat, so go low and slow.
  • Season the food appropriately.
  • Use good quality extra virgin olive oil.
  • For frying, use grape seed oil for best quality. It takes heat very well.
  • Some things are good to serve at room temperature. When you take food out of the oven, let it rest for few minutes before carving to preserve all the juices.
Anahit Karamanukyan’s Tip
  • Don’t go by hard and fast recipes. Go by a pinch of this and a dash of that, and taste it.
Sophie Tsovinar Mkrtchyan’s Tips
  • When the herbs look wilted and not so fresh, wash them, dice them up finely, and spread on a paper towel and leave to dry. Use those herbs dry when making soups or stews.
  • If you have leftovers of rice or potatoes, don’t throw them away! Put them in a container and freeze. Next time you make a soup, they’ll be a perfect addition to the chicken broth.

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Talin Ghazikhanian Singer’s Tips
  • The secret is to cook what “feels” right. Add some imagination to what flavors would go together and add as you go.
  • Don’t stick much to measuring. If you decide to make mac and cheese, try different pastas, different cheeses, proteins, and even add some veggies. At the end, it’s no longer just mac and cheese.

These aren’t people from tv or any journal. These are moms, housewives, and daughters who find themselves in the kitchen every single day of their lives, in order to bring healthy and delicious food for their families.They’ve made cooking an art, an art that only a person in constantly being in it will appreciate all the hard work put in there.

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