Have you ever wondered how food is prepared when you are dining at a restaurant? Maybe you’ve fantasized about being able to cook that well at home. Here are some pointers that may not make you a master chef right away, but can guide you toward creating meals to be proud of. Lots of people really enjoy cooking as a creative, enjoyable, relaxing hobby.

A good thing to remember regarding cooking is to store your ingredients and spices in a cool dark place and not on top of your stove. This is because humidity and light tend to cause spices and herbs lose their flavor. This is one of the things new cooks tend to forget.

Cheese is one of the best things that you can add to pastas and different types of meats. If you are making pasta, do not forget to buy grated cheese and put it on the table for people to add to their dish. This will improve the quality and texture of the meal.

If you’ve forgotten to soak your beans over night, quick soak them instead. Just put the beans in a very large pot and cover with water. Bring this to a boil, then lower heat and simmer for about two hours. This method is just as effective as an over night soak and can save you time.

When cooking your next large pot of spaghetti, add a drop of oil to the boiling water. This will keep the pasta from sticking together and improve the taste. Your boiling time will remain the same and there is no extra work added by using this method.

Learn the basics before attempting to create a full meal. You should try new foods and recipes so that meal time turns into experiment time. For some new flavors, go to an ethnic market for exotic spices and seasonings.