It's finally time to tackle part 2 of our food pairings series! In part 1, I told you why understanding food pairings plays such a huge role in improving your cooking skills, and it has to do with learning how to look at ingredients and decide to put them together in a recipe. To me, nothing screams freedom as a cook like being able to venture out of tried and true recipes and start creating meals that come from your own creativity and taste preferences. It's a great way to flex your cooking muscle but it's also a fantastic way to help save you time in the kitchen. It helps you lose the fear of cooking, and it takes perfectionism slightly out of the equation, and when that happens, and you're not afraid to experiment, you go into that kitchen with confidence and magical things can come from good ingredients. Food pairings (i.e. foods and flavors that go together really well), are the base for this type of cooking. We went through a pretty big list in part 1 of the series, but today I'm giving you even more in the hopes that this inspires you to come up with some ideas for dishes of your own.Read More
Last week I gave you 5 simple tips to start improving your cooking skills, and one of those was to start getting familiar with food pairings. I got so excited that I started writing today's blog post almost immediately! Food pairings, aka foods that just go together like two little peas in a pod are what have helped me elevate my cooking the most, especially as a recipe creator, since 90% of the time I'm not cooking tried and true recipes but developing new ones (yes... it's an illness... yes, my husband is a happy man when I don't mess things up too much!).
When you're on this quest of improving your cooking skills, when you want to feel more confident in the kitchen, come up with new ideas and eventually learn how to cook without using a recipe, understanding food pairings is such a fantastic tool. I'm not talking about food and wine pairings, although these are great to learn too if you're a wine lover. I'm also not talking about the traditional and famous food duos like peanut butter and jelly, or caramel and sea salt, or french fries and ketchup, cookies and milk. I'm talking about going right back down into basic ingredients, and which ones go so well together you can build an entire meal on just a simple flavor combination.Read More