Don’t Let These Dishes Intimidate You!

Cooking is one of the most joyful things in the world and it shouldn’t intimidate you. Not only does it allow you to create something wonderful and delicious but it can be a fun, soothing, and fascinating process all by itself. However, there are some foods that a lot of people find themselves worrying about because they often seem somewhat intimidating.

Plenty of people assume that there are certain foods that they need to leave to the professionals. However, that’s not the case. The truth is that a lot of recipes that seem challenging on the surface can be a whole lot easier than you might expect with just a little bit of know-how. Here are 3 dishes that you shouldn’t let intimidate you.

Sushi is one dish that can intimidate home cooks - but there are some easy tips to learn so you can make it at home!

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Dishes You Shouldn’t Let Intimidate You:


People assume that sushi is the kind of thing that you need years of training to prepare correctly. And sure, there are some elements of sushi that really do require total culinary mastery. But if you’re just making it for yourself or your friends at home, it’s actually a lot easier than you might expect. Things like homemade spicy tuna sushi come out incredibly delicious even without years of training. A few things that you need to remember is that you should keep your knife as sharp as possible and you should keep your hands wet when handling the rice. Otherwise, you’re going to end up getting stuck to the rice and the whole process is going to be a whole lot more difficult and intimidate you.


Scallops have a bit of a reputation of being impossible to get right. And yes, there’s no doubt that there is an art to cooking scallops so that they’re perfectly tender rather than tough and rubbery. An important thing to remember is to get “dry” scallops. Otherwise, they’ll be soaked in preservatives which will impact the flavor and texture. Otherwise, it’s just a matter of getting a good sear on them when you fry the scallops without leaving them too long. It’s easy to worry that you’re undercooking them but they really do only need a couple of minutes on each side. Scallops can be drizzled with my Dark Cherry BBQ Sauce!

Poached eggs

There are tons of myths surrounding poached eggs and how to cook them perfectly that it can be confusing and intimidate you. From creating a vortex in the water to adding a little bit of vinegar. (Something that doesn’t actually work, by the way.) However, the number one thing that you have to remember when it comes to poached eggs is that they need to be as fresh as possible. If you want the whites to stay together instead of going all wispy, then your eggs need to be totally fresh.

Sure, you’re probably not going to be able to cook these dishes to the same kind of standard as a master chef but that’s no reason to let it intimidate you and stop you from giving it a try. Part of the fun of cooking is trying new things and developing your culinary skills. Not only that but being able to tackle challenging dishes is a great way to impress your guests!

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