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Cooking basics

(article, Culinate staff)

Once upon a time, people did spring cleaning. Nowadays, the turn of the year is frequently a time to check over and clear out, buy new things and start afresh. 

Los Angeles Times food writer Russ Parsons recently took a look at this habit from a cook's perspective, and decided that what we all really need is not more stuff but a few basic techniques: 

# Paying attention
# Keeping things simple
# Shopping carefully
# Tasting as you go
# Getting organized beforehand
# Using tools, not gadgets
# Practicing as much as possible

You don't need to become a celebrity chef, Parsons notes. Just trying to become a better cook, little by little, is all it takes.