Janice Harper over at Huff Post Food has a really fun
article for people who don't like to cook - and, frankly, even for
those of us who love to cook but just may not be up to the task at
the moment. In her piece, "Con-Artist Cooking -
How to Fake It If You Really Can't Make It, " she has 10
clever little tricks to help the not-so-savvy (or the tired savvy)
around the kitchen:
- A good presentation does wonders for a mediocre meal.
- If you don't have enough sauce to drizzle, spoon it on.
- Use cookie cutters.
- Garnish with flair.
- Grind your salt.
- Remember: certain things get thicker and richer when you crank
up the heat and boil them down.
- Most food is ruined when it's over-cooked, over-complicated, or
over-processed. Keep it simple.
- When in doubt, watch You Tube.
- Remember, even if your con game fails and your guest turns out
to be a culinary genius, they'll adore you.
Her explanations behind each of these are down-to-earth and
funny. Oh, and we won't tell if some of our great cooks use a few
of these tips now and then. As Harper concludes in her 10th tip:
"Finally, remember the three principles of the con: greed, social
compliance and distraction.Your guests are greedy for a good
meal, a good time, and easily distracted. So tousle your hair,
unbutton your clothes, and drizzle them with your talents. After
all, when con-artist cooking meets con-artist dining, everyone ends
P.S. We thought this gazpacho photo captured some of these hints
extremely well - and gazpacho is a beautiful thing. Here are some online
gazpacho recipes from the EYB library if we've inspired