Welcome to The Cursory Cook! I’m K.D., and I live and work in the Washington, D.C. area, but spend most of my time thinking about recipes, food, and my grocery list.
My goal is to inspire you to be more adventurous in the kitchen. Even if you don’t have much experience cooking, you can get that experience while having a little fun along the way!
At least, that’s what I did. I started perusing food blogs and compiling recipes obsessively in 2008, but found myself (and my kitchen) ill-equipped to prepare 95% of what I read. So, I started learning the old fashioned way: by messing up. A lot. I learned what kohlrabi was. I learned not to experiment with vinegar + heat. I learned poaching is far from the best way to cook meat (most of the time), but it’s not too hard to poach an egg. I was so excited to try complex recipes and cuisines, but would often end up ruining whole meals in my effort to get to the finished product. Thus, the title of this blog.
But I’ve learned so much from that experience. I plan to share with you some basic tips that I have found helpful in my own cooking explorations and a few of my favorite recipes. Cooking at home should never be boring; there are just too many ingredients, techniques, and cuisines to explore!
The information in this blog is by no means comprehensive, but maybe you can learn from my mistakes and advice along the way. Keep an open mind and a sense of humor, and perhaps a roll of paper towels nearby. It’s thyme to conquer the kitchen.*
*Apologies for the pun, but you might want to get used to them around here.