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Skills in the kitchen

You don’t have to be an “Iron Chef” to prepare meals that are healthy and taste good, but basic knowledge and skills are useful. Cooking skills used to be passed down from mother to daughter in the home, and food preparation and cooking skills were taught in schools. This doesn’t happen to the same extent any more. The good news is that many men are now interested in cooking, and it is never too early to get kids involved in the kitchen. Cooking can be a great family activity!

Here are some things you can do to learn more about basic food preparation and cooking skills:

  • Get a basic cookbook with recipes that are simple, healthy and easy to follow. The cookbooks produced by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Diabetes Association are great resources.
  • Find a mentor!  If you know someone who cooks the way you’d like to, ask if you can get some tips or prepare some meals together. This is also a great way of giving a compliment to a good cook!
  • There are some great cooking shows. Shows like “Iron Chef” are great for entertainment but they aren’t going to be much help in our kitchens. One cooking show that is helpful, easy to access and Canadian is CBCs “Best Recipes Ever”.

What’s so good about the Best Recipes Ever website?  It allows you to

  • Watch old episodes
  • Print off recipes
  • Get complete nutrition information on all recipes

And it includes episodes on “Budget-friendly Mains”, “Guilt-free Fast Foods”, “15-minute Mains” and food from around the world including Thailand, Greece, Japan, and, of course, Italy.

Check it out at http://www.cbc.ca/bestrecipes/

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