Cooking can seem scary at times, perhaps overwhelming, but it can also be a lot of fun. When adding a dash of this and a pinch of that, who doesn’t feel like a witch brewing some magical concoction in a cauldron? OK, maybe that’s my imagination and love of Harry Potter running wild…
But even for cooks who aren’t looking to push the boundaries of recipes as we know them or spin out to make twists and tweaks of their own, there are some basic ingredients and dishes that can be whipped up by probably anyone — and we mean anyone.
Of course, there’s always room for error. In brainstorming this story, at least one member of the editorial team would add whenever an option was mentioned, "Well, I have had bad pasta before," or, "I had the worst cookies one time." So yes, it is of course possible to mess these foods up and, we probably asked a very particular group of people, but we’ve also provided tips from experts and pros on how to do it right so that anyone will be better equipped for making these dishes.