Currently studying to earn her Juris Doctor at New York Law School, Rachel Lader serves as a legal intern at Hach & Rose, LLP, a New York City law firm. Formerly involved with Anthony Kennedy Shriver’s Best Buddies Foundation as a mentor and event organizer, Rachel Lader enjoys cooking in her spare time, often finding new recipes to prepare for her family.
Following a few tips can help you achieve a successful outcome when trying a new recipe. First, consider copying the recipe with your own handwriting as a way to learn the steps and think through what you will need to get the job done. Next, make sure your kitchen is clean before starting, including all the implements you will use. A clear countertop will give you the space you need to tackle the different stages of the recipe without feeling frenzied or misplacing a necessary ingredient.
Planning out where you will perform each step in the kitchen can also help you get organized. That way, you can collect the necessary tools for each process and put them together in the same cleared area. Lastly, before you actually start cooking a new recipe, it’s good practice to prep the ingredients, such as chopping vegetables and herbs, so everything is ready to go when you need it and you avoid letting one thing overcook while prepping something else.