Crash Course Cooking: Unveiling Our New Learn-to-Cook Series

by Amy · May contain affiliate links

Published Updated August 20, 2021

~ Welcome to Crash Course Cooking! I’ve been cooking since I was a little kid, but it’s time to up my game … and I want you to join me! ~

Cooking tips and tricks – an online cooking class series for anyone who’d like to be a better cook! Real-world answers to real-world cooking questions … whether you’re a beginner cook or you just want to up your game! From kid cooks to new brides, college students mastering basics to anyone tired of ordering take-out because they don’t know how to. Got cooking questions? We’ve got answers! Learn with us! #cookingclass #cookinglessons #learntocook #teencooks #cookingforkids #collegecooking

Hey, guys! Amy here.

With the New Year and new resolutions, it seemed liked the perfect time to embark on a brand-new adventure in cooking, and I really want you to join me! To become a better and faster cook, a more confident cook … a healthier and happier cook!

Why Crash Course Cooking?

It’s recently come to my attention that there are a lot of people out there who have absolutely no idea how to cook (gasp!). I was kinda surprised, since we cook all the time at my house, and I just assumed that’s how everybody rolled, ya know?

Even as a little girl, I loved to cook, but I feel like there’s so much more for me to learn about cooking!

(That’s me when I was five.)

I honestly think most people who feel like they don’t know how to cook just have no idea where to start.

Most everyone wants to be able to cook. We all know how many calories and dollars you can save by making your own food at home. Not to mention how nice it would be to impress someone special with a scrumptious, home-cooked meal!

Cooking for someone special – or WITH someone special – is so much fun! It’s a great reason to learn to cook! My brother Ty and I have been cooking together since we were little!

But it can feel pretty daunting to start off, especially if you haven’t been surrounded by cooking your whole life!

The noblest of intentions can go straight out the window when the first line of a recipe contains words like sauté or allumette.

What does it all mean? That’s not even English!

I totally get it!

But, I absolutely believe that you don’t need to know everything about cooking in order to be a great cook, and to have lots of fun cooking.

You just have to get started.

You’re never too young to learn to cook! Even little kids can start to learn basic cooking skills that’ll last a lifetime!

Why I Want to Learn More

On one hand, I feel like I’m a pretty good cook, thanks to all the time my family has spent cooking together through the years (especially all the time we spend creating and testing recipes, now that we have our own food blog!).

I have so many special memories of cooking with my family – from long, long before we even had our cooking blog!

But at the same time, I often feel like I’m still missing so many basics, too – like there’s just so much more to learn. So many questions I still have!

I mean, even though I’ve been cooking all my life, and growing vegetables and herbs in our garden practically since I could walk …

When we were little, my brother and I also helped mom garden – plenty of yummy healthy veggies that we could cook up at the end of the summer … like SOOOOOO many zucchini!

… I’m still not super well-versed in culinary jargon or measurement conversions. I still have only the foggiest idea how many tablespoons might be in a quarter cup! And, when I’m in the kitchen, the pleasant lilt of, “MoOooOoommmm! What does this mean??” often floats up the stairs.

I’m off to college in a couple of years. What will I do when mom’s not standing right next to me (or hanging around upstairs, waiting for me to ask about those tablespoons and quarter cups)? Am I really prepared?

So, let’s up our game … together!

I’m noticing that lots of my high school friends don’t know much about how to cook. I’d like to help change that!

The Not-So-Big Secret …

Friends, let me reveal to you a well-hidden secret that can take many years to discover. It’s been passed down by chefs since the dark ages, and is very closely guarded. I risk my life to reveal it to you here.


There are very few basic culinary skills or methods that are actually difficult to learn. With a fundamental knowledge of cooking (and maybe a quick YouTube tutorial or two), you can pretty much cook up anything you want. And that’s really cool, not gonna lie.

So Let’s Resolve to Do This Together!

This year, I’ve got several New Year’s resolutions. One of them is to become a better cook … and to help get more would-be-cooks up off the ground and to that first ladder rung of culinary ability. From there up, it only gets easier.

This semester, I’m even taking a course at school called Culinary Fundamentals, hoping to pick up some knife skills and useful vocab and whatnot. And I’m super excited to share what I’m learning with all of you!

Cooking doesn’t have to be complicated – a few simple tools and a few basic skills are all you need to make a start!

Because there really is always more to learn. (And because I’ve always envied the culinary students roaming our halls with plates full of yummy food. Sure seems more fun than whatever I’ve just done in the chem lab! 😉 )

Nope, I’m certainly not pretending to be an expert. (We’ll be learning together!) But I do think I have a few ideas for some pretty neat tricks I can share …

  • For all you busy mommas tired of being the one to bring store-bought chip dip to every party.
  • For the college kids who know there’s something better than ramen out there.
  • For the teens who would love to be able to whip up a snack after school.
  • For anyone who wants to enjoy cooking more, and get a little better, day by day.

I’ll be sharing some of my favorite, tried-and-true tips, along with some advice from others, and some of the new stuff I pick up in Culinary Fundamentals. And hopefully, I’ll give you wonderful readers all the knowledge (and confidence!) you need to fill in the gaps.

Basic cooking skills like properly measuring ingredients aren’t hard to master.

I’ll say it again: all a good cook needs is a starting point. Stick with me, and I’ll try to give you just that!

Welcome to my new post series: Crash Course Cooking.

Psssssst … want a jump-start in our little cooking class adventure? My mom’s already written lots of her own posts about cooking tips and tricks! From How to Zest a Lemon to Is It Safe to Use Frozen Meat in Your Crock-Pot?, there are already plenty of tips on our site for you to explore! Check ’em all out HERE!

Want to learn to cook? Learn right along with us, as we tackle the cooking questions you really need to know!

12 thoughts on “Crash Course Cooking: Unveiling Our New Learn-to-Cook Series”

  1. Hi Amy,
    I have been cooking since I was young too. However, the dishes were and are very basic. Not much creativity going on here!
    “Crash course cooking” may be the approach I have needed to add interest to my cooking adventures.
    Loved the family pictures!
    Keep me posted.

    • It’s so great that so many families start off cooking from a young age! And even basic dishes can be delicious and fun to make — no need to cook up anything super fancy when simple comfort food often makes the best meals! But I certainly hope I can give you some new ideas and skills to include in your recipes! 😀 Happy cooking!
      P.S. I loved the old photos, too! Talk abut a blast from the past!

  2. I am excited to read about and experience this adventure with you, Amy! I come from a family of excellent cooks, but I know that there is a lot that I myself don’t know how to do in the kitchen! Also, I wanted you to know how much I enjoyed seeing the pictures of you and your brother helping in the kitchen when you were both little. What a bunch of cooking cuties! 🙂

    • Well, I certainly hope I can give you a few tips — but I’m definitely not an expert! Sounds like you have quite a bit of experience yourself! I really think the best kind of cooking is the stuff you do with your family — I’m sure you have tons of great recipes and experiences! (And I’m super glad you liked the pictures of Ty and me — I had fun looking back through them, myself! 😀 )

  3. Ohhh I love this post, Amy! The photos from when you are little are adorable! I am looking forward to following along and learning from you! This series will be helpful to those of all ages!

    • Aww thank you! I had forgotten how small I was when I first started cooking! 😉 Hopefully I can share some helpful stuff — and hopefully, you’ll enjoy reading my posts as much as I’m enjoying writing them!

  4. This sounds like a terrific idea, Amy! I will encourage Lily and Amelia to read your posts–they do like to bake and cook, but we all can benefit from new ideas, tips and tricks. Good luck!

    • I’m so glad! 😀 I can’t wait to learn some new stuff about cooking, and share with everyone else! Even the best cooks can benefit from some new tips, and even the worst ones can get started with a few quick bits of information! 😀
      ~ Amy


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