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LOVE this article I found on some common cooking mistakes.  I am definitely guilty of several.  It really is sometimes the little things that make a dish go from blah to whoa!  Learn to unlearn some of these bad habits and you’re on your way to being the best cook you can be!

1. You don’t taste as you go

Result: The flavors or textures of an otherwise excellent dish are out of balance or unappealing.

Taste Test While Cooking

2. You boil when you should simmer.

Result: A hurried-up dish that’s cloudy, tough, or dry.

Boiling Water

3. You don’t read the entire recipe before cooking.

Result: Flavors are dull, entire steps or ingredients get left out.

Read Recipe Before Cooking

4. You over-soften butter.

Result: Cookies spread too much or cakes are too dense.

How to soften butter

5. You overcrowd the pan.

Result: Soggy food that doesn’t brown.  I am SUPER guilty of this.  I am just too lazy to heat up two pans, but it really does make a difference in the meats.

Do not overcrowd the pan when cooking

Read more here.