Enjoying wholesome foods, and knowing how to prepare them, can save calories and money, among many other benefits. Whether it’s a fear of cooking or lack of inspiration that keeps people out of the kitchen, this kit provides resources that can encourage them to don an apron and roll up their sleeves, to create simple and satisfying meals any day of the week.

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Asparagus in boiling water

Knowing how to apply heat — whether it’s broiling, roasting, sautéing or simply boiling water — is fundamental to cooking. We take a look at two basic approaches, wet heat and dry heat, explain the variations within those groups, and discuss how they affect taste and texture.

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Closeup of Hand Dicing Red Onion

A good chef’s knife is one of the most useful kitchen tools, and knowing how to use and maintain it can make preparing foods easier and quicker. We demystify the anatomy of the knife and how to hold it, then explain basic food preparation terms, such as chopping, dicing and mincing.

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Mashed potatoes in pot

When food “disasters” strike, home cooks can be ready to fix at least five of them! From clumpy pasta to a too-watery sauce, novice and experienced cooks alike will come away with a better understanding behind the problem and the remedy, knowledge that can help boost their confidence in the kitchen

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Pantry Staples

A well-stocked pantry is one key secret to seemingly effortless cooking. In addition to the basics, such as olive oil and flour, we suggest 12 other staples (along with ideas on how to use them) that can help make mealtime more manageable.

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Medley of Frozen Vegetables

Frozen foods can be a food-budget’s friend and a great help to the cook. Freezers keep these foods on hand when we need them and can help reduce food waste, too. This freezer guide lists common foods and the maximum time that they should be stored for optimal flavor and texture.

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Ice Cube Tray

Transforming the common ice cube tray into a cook’s helper is easy with these clever ideas. They can save time and money and may inspire cooks to create new ways to make these frozen cubes a gem in their kitchen.

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Mom and Child Preparing Food at Table

Set kids on the right track by letting them help out in the kitchen. They’ll not only tend to eat better foods, they’ll use their math, reading and science skills, in a fun and nurturing environment as well. Families benefit by having more time together, and kids learn to cook, a skill they’ll use the rest of their lives.

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Little Girl in Apron Holding Rolling Pin

A few basic kid-friendly tools let youngsters help in the kitchen, allowing them to be part of the preparation and celebration of everyday meals.

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Vegetable noodle soup

Through the centuries and across cultures soup has warmed both body and soul. It’s a delicious way to enjoy veggies, fish or meat and easy for cooks at any experience level to make. We share a basic recipe and ideas for keeping an endless supply of good soup on hand.

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Pecan Crusted Catfish

Deep fried catfish has a healthier sibling with this pecan-coated fish recipe. An explanation of the standard method of breading, a technique that cooks can use to change up a variety of foods, is provided.

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Pita Pizza

Pizza is a perennial favorite, and when time is short and a quick meal idea is needed, these whole grain pita pizzas can save the day. They’re versatile (using whatever ingredients are on hand) and healthier than most commercially-available pizza. What’s not to love?

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Egg Bean Taco

Taco shells are great to keep on hand for quick and easy meals, and this Scrambled Up Snack Taco recipe shows just how versatile they are, too. This recipe makes for a fun meal or a filling snack that everyone in the family will enjoy.

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Twitter logo white bird on blue background

These Tweet ideas coordinate well with resources we’ve featured in this Cooking 101 ONE Toolkit.