Your brand-new kitchen is the perfect setting to take charge and cook a meal of your dreams. With stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and an efficient exhaust hood, cooking can just become a pleasure. But what should your first meal for dinner be? How about something unique and creative that will have your family and guests wondering how you do just what you do? Here are some tips for cooking your first meal for dinner that will help you to cook many delicious meals in the future.
- Stock up on spices and oils: Invest in a spice rack with all the essentials. It’s worth it to get one that spins, so that you can avoid the frustration of digging through a cabinet of spices when you need something in particular. Make sure you have the essentials, like bay leaves, oregano, basil, and red chili pepper to spice things up.
- Next you’ll need your essential cooking oils, including olive oil, vegetable oil and any other flavorful oils you’d like to use to kick up your dishes, such as truffle oil or olive oils flavored with peppers and spices. Keep a spot for garlic as well. We’re talking all the essentials that make your food delicious and will not expire on your shelf.
- Make your own recipe book: It doesn’t have to be time consuming or hard work at all. Just compile recipes you find, doodle your own and don’t take it too seriously. This way you can edit recipes as you try them, and you’ll never be short on ideas when dinner rolls around each night.
- It’s great to recycle your favorite dishes, but there’s nothing worse than getting sick of your own cooking, so having new recipes on hand will really serve to keep things new and exciting.
- Learn to cook big: Save yourself time and effort and help yourself stick to a budget by cooking large portions and saving what you make for days and weeks to come. If you like it now, it’ll taste even better on a day when you’re not tired from cooking it.
- Stock up on space-efficient tupperware of different sizes for lunch and dinnertime meals that you can easily pack into your stainless-steel refrigerator and freezer. Getting into the habit of effectively storing the food you cook for the future will help you save time, money and effort.
Enjoy your beautiful new kitchen, and good luck cooking your first dinnertime meal! Below are some additional photos.