Cooking Ideas From Dining Out

What kind of food do you like the most? Every one of us have our favorite meals, yet some of us would rather go out to eat our favorite foods at a restaurant and a particular one at that. But, if you like to prepare your own food, it is a safe bet that, you still enjoy eating out on occasion, to taste your favorite dish. However, what you may not realize is that restaurants also make a vast resource of inspiration for your own home cooking.

Your Favorite Restaurants:

Do you have a regular place that you prefer to have dinner at? Your own restaurant experiences can be applied to find new ways to prepare food that you love. First thing to do is to make a list of the restaurants you go to. Then, try to remember what they have, that you always come back for. Maybe it is the method that they cook the food that is appealing. Or, is it because of the elegant atmosphere? Once you have pondered upon these issues, then you can start to use them to improve your personal cooking and the comfort level of your eating area.

Examine The Menu:

We each have a personal cooking style, that enhances our eating. If you take a good look at the restaurant menu, you can get an idea of the kind of ingredients and seasonings that the chef prefers. Then, you can jot down the special items that look interesting and very delicious. Afterwards, you can try out some of these new recipes, seasonings or whatever idea came from the notes that you wrote down.

For instance, you may have tried for the first time,lamb with mint dressing. It turned out to be so good that you got a second order to take home. As you read the menu, you may have noticed that the chef used mint and sage on many of his dishes. You also might have found that he bakes meat at a high temperature and then simmers to a tender texture, as it is described on the menu. This is when you want to get out a small pad of paper and write down these important cooking tips.

Go To Chef Classes:

Restaurants may also provide you with cooking techniques if the chef teaches classes. Under his instruction, you can try out his new techniques and learn directly from professional experience. As you become comfortable using these cooking techniques, you can begin to make those wonderful recipes at home and have your favorite meal anytime.

Try New Cuisines:

A great method to get to know new cuisines is to go eat at that type of restaurant. This is an important way to help you understand how the food should look and taste. By eating it at the restaurant, you will have something to compare against so you know when it is cooked correctly. Then, if you enjoy it, you can try to make the same food in your kitchen. This sets your standard and guides you, instead of trying to gamble as to how to cook it, before having it already prepared for you.

To find more inspiration for cooking, you can look on the Internet, for a complete cooking ebook guide that should include everything you ever wanted to know about cooking, but never dared to ask. Then you can enjoy your restaurant and cooking experiences even more.

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About The Author, Tom Straub
Tom Straub is an experienced author, and owner of the Best Cooking Light web site, where you can read more on cooking schools and a dozen other cooking topics.