Sam’s Cooking Tips for Beginners:

  1. Do not over season, go easy and season, taste season taste until it is right. Over seasoning is the most common rookie mistake.
  2. If you over salt then pour out liquid and replace with water. Forget about adding potatoes or bread to remove salt. It doesn’t work.
  3. Do not try and rush things. Cooking is chemistry and sometimes you need low heat and time for things to work out properly.
  4. Use sauces to add flavor, color and texture.
  5. Presentation of the meal is as important as the cooking. 
  6. Avoid over cooking veggies. Asparagus or broccoli are much nicer with a crunch instead of mush.
  7. Use the right oil for the right cooking method. Canola oil or peanut oil are best for high temperature frying. Olive oil adds flavor but scorches at high heat.
  8. If you boil veggies much of the nutrition leaches into the water. So, use this liquid for a sauce or stock for soup.
  9. The best dishes are not necessarily the hardest or the most expensive.
  10. A good veggie cook will have a blender, a heavy duty grater, a mandolin slicer and a high quality knife.

Colorful Potatoes May Prevent Cancer

Compounds found in purple potatoes may help kill colon cancer stem cells and limit the spread of the cancer, according to a team of researchers.

Baked purple-fleshed potatoes suppressed the growth of colon cancer tumors in petri dishes and in mice by targeting the cancer’s stem cells. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. and responsible for more than 50,000 deaths annually, according to the American Cancer Society.

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