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Great Cooking: Not As Hard As You Think!

By Tom Tillman

Why do some people think cooking is hard? Why is it that some people claim they can’t cook?

If you know how to cook, you will know that the stoves and ovens not just all the things you need. You have to know what to put in, how to slice them, how to chop them, how to prepare them. Knowing the right ingredient is not all the answers.

The secret is when to put ingredient at what heat or how to stair it or even how long to marinade it. That’s one thing no one can teach you, you have to hands on and gain your own experience.

I make everything from total scratch: soups, pasta, spaghetti sauce, breads, cakes, pies, jams, all sorts of ethnic foods.  And I have had my share of failures over the years. But you learn from your mistakes.

Those who think cooking is hard have probably had more failures than successes when cooking .. and there are more opportunities for ruining a dish than there are for succeeding at it.

Today, I’ll make “sweet and sour chicken.” I’d like you to try to make it taste as good taste as I can make it.

2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 boneless chicken breasts, sliced into strips
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
4 teaspoons cornstarch, mixed with 4 teaspoons water
1 cup of fresh pineapple chunks (or canned if you can’t find them fresh), if you use caned pineapple drained with 1/2 cup reserved juice (fresh pineapple already have plenty of juice)
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
1/4 cup chicken stock
In a large non-stick skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Season chicken strips and add to pan. Brown chicken and remove to plate. Add red and green bell peppers and cook for 1 minute. Stir in pineapple chunks, sugar, vinegar and chicken stock add (pineapple juice if you use canned pineapple) and bring to a simmer. Simmer until sauce begins to reduce. Stir in cornstarch mixture and bring liquid to a simmer. Stir in chicken strips and cook for 5 minutes. Serve over rice.
Perhaps you can see that cooking is not so difficult after all.

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