What are the cooking rules you live by?

Do you even have any...?

15w ago

I state that this is not a list of Italian dictates, it is just my opinion. I'm sure many chefs would turn up their noses to read it. But hey: my post, my kitchen, my rules!

1. Onion or garlic – never both

I seriously can't see them chopped together in the same dish. Not to mention that it takes about a week to digest the two together.

2. Oil or butter – never both

There is only one exception: risotto. Stir-fry the onion in the oil at the beginning and whisk with the butter at the end. But a stir-fry made with both of them makes me shiver.

3. Few (but good) ingredients

I never put too many ingredients in my cooking (less is more!). And in any case, never more than three spices. There is an Italian chef whom I will not name, who managed to put celery, carrot, onion, bay leaf, liquorice and anise, parmesan, chicken and flour in a dish of pasta. Are you all right, man?

4. Always cook with your hair pulled back

Not only for hygiene reasons, but also because you risk getting burned.

How about you? What do you think about it? What are your cooking rules? Let me know in the comments!

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Comments (28)

  • Always cook with hair pulled back and when something touches floor it belongs to floor and gone forever I don't pick up that and use it to cook

      3 months ago
  • My one cardinal rule - you wash your hands everytime you touch something raw, or touch something that's touched something raw, or touched something that's touched something that's touched something raw.

      3 months ago
  • The one and only rule in my kitchen: it has to turn out good! 😋

      3 months ago
    • Even though Nonna is going to hate me for that 😉: I refuse to see anything wrong with onions and garlic in the same dish. Always a matter of the recipe...

        3 months ago
    • No no, but it's my obsession. Grandmothers are fine, I guess.

        3 months ago
  • My nr. 1 cooking rule: "Don't forget to wash your hands!" (some people don't do it 🤢)

      3 months ago
  • I can seriously agree with all of these lol Only time I use garlic is in my spaghetti sauce. I never cook anything in oil - always water. There's always a simple seasoning that's enough without having to fry up onions - like a chili seasoning to make chili, bouillon for beef stew, I do a splash of A1 to my burgers, seasoned breadcrumbs for meatballs, etc. I just have a personal vendetta towards onions and garlic because of my neighbors who fry them together every night lol

      3 months ago
    • A1? Anyway, your cooking style looks very healthy!

        3 months ago
    • It's a steak sauce here in the US. I think it's close to Heinz 57 sauce, or like a thicker Worcestershire . It brings so much nice flavor to a hamburger

        3 months ago