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Get in the Kitchen!

I didn’t learn how to cook for a long time. For me, “homemade” meant “I opened the can myself.” My kids got variety, but it was a variety of pre-packaged meals of dubious nutritional value.

Fortunately, one of my friends is a certified Dietary Manager. I traded a couple of expensive dinners at her favorite restaurant in exchange for a crash course on cooking. She taught me how to put a real menu together, what kitchen gear was essential, and some basic cooking techniques. I’ve enjoyed expanding my skillset and experimenting with different cuisines, even if the results haven’t always been edible.

November 8 is Cook Something Bold Day, so pour a cup of coffee in one of our Chef or Cook mugs, grab that challenging recipe, throw open the pantry doors and get started!

1. Rule of Thumb

Diets aside, my two criteria for what makes good food are: Is it worth the money? Is it worth the calories? I don’t mind seeing that extra pound on my scales if it was a truly memorable meal.

2. The Domain

I’m envious of those people that can open the fridge and make spectacular meals of whatever they happen to find in there. I have to plan everything out.

3. Don’t say it like it’s a bad thing.

After years of cooking with cheap knives, I finally got a good set. The difference is astounding. I’m not saying I immediately became a better cook, but I did become a less injured cook.

4. Cooking Puns are Spicy!

My spice collection used to be limited to salt, pepper, and a forgotten jar of oregano. When I started cooking in earnest, I quickly filled an entire cabinet with herbs, spices, and blends.

5. What Recipe?

One of my friends always brings by amazing dishes, but never makes them the same way twice, so there’s no point in asking her for the recipe.

6. Don’t bother me with details.

Nothing will kill your excitement for cooking faster than having to take a test on it.

7. Progress!

There are expiration dates on food for a reason.

8. Gadgets Galore

I’m a big gadget freak, so I love all of the kitchen tools and accessories. You can have my KitchenAid mixer and my mandoline when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.

9. It’s Ready!

I tried to pass it off as Cajun blackened chicken, but...

10. Feed Me; I’m Yours

The family that eats together, keeps together. Also available as a Wife mug.

These are just a few of the great mugs we have for Chefs and Cooks. Remember, U.S. orders of two or more mugs get free shipping! You can use the money you save to buy some more spices!