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Read Recipes Throughly
A big thing that gets people in trouble in the kitchen is not reading the recipe from start to finish before you cook it. Before you start anything, read through the entire recipe once. If you start cooking from Step 1 without reading on, you might learn that you should have done something in a different order. Or that you will want to have something prepared before you get to that step. So read the recipe through from start to finish, before you start even chopping your first onion.