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Cooking Tips: From our House to Yours

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Whenever we cook, there is a little voice that occasionally admonishes, reminds, and keeps us from cutting off a finger. (What? You guys don't hear the voices too???). Whether it was your mom, dad, neighbor or Hints from Heloise, or if you had to learn the hard way, these tips are invaluable and keep the ambulance away. Here are a few tips from LAist to you.


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Close all of the kitchen drawers before you start cooking

If the oven is on, any pots on the stove will be hot, even if the burner under them is not lit

Don't use kitchen towels as oven mitts

Try to keep from getting stabbed or stabbing anyone (This one has come up more than once)

Julie Wolfson:

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Make sure you have ALL of the ingredients.

Ross A. Lincoln:

Make sure you have 1 person designated as the kitchen sommelier, whose sole job it is to refill drinks. Really, really important when your hands are covered in flour.

Zach Behrens:

If you don't have a patio or place to put a grill, the George Foreman is excellent for grilling up veggies.

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Know which oils to use when and know when to use Virgin Olive Oil and regular Olive Oil.

The best ice cream you'll ever have is the one you make at home

Experiment and play. Experiment and play. Experiment and play.

More after the jump!