Basics:

Work With What You've Got

A pan full of delicious food

Some recipes might call for a step or tool you don't have. It's really easy to make substitutions; be creative and see what works for you.

For example, if you need to drain noodles, and you don't have a colander or strainer you can just hold the lid tightly on the top of the pot and pour the excess water into the sink.

Likewise, if you need to grate or peel something, you can just use a knife to slice them thinly instead. Use your imagination.

But I Don't Know How To _____! Help Me, Oh Great NOSH.

Though the recipes on this site are fairly basic, you may have no idea what one of the terms in the instructions means. Here's a handy guide to your basic cooking skills (From Recipe Goldmine. More terms available there.):