Perhaps you want to make cooking at home easier and more convenient, but you don’t know where to start. Here is a quick guide on how to make that possible.

 Cooking at home for the family can have lots of benefits – when done right, you can save time and money compared to eating out, as well as be able to cater to your loved ones’ specific needs and tastes. Most importantly, there’s that delightful feeling of being able to bring your family together over a meal made just for them, and made with your love.

Perhaps you want to make cooking at home easier and more convenient, but you don’t know where to start. Here is a quick guide on how to make that possible.

1. Make Sure You Have the Basic Kitchen Tools
It’s always important to have the proper kitchen tools before starting your cooking session! Stock up on baking pans and muffin tins if you plan to bake a lot. Find out what you will need for unique dishes – if you want to make sushi, you will need bamboo sushi rolling mats. It’s always best to have everything prepared beforehand and easily accessible when you start creating those delightful delicacies.

2. Organize Your Kitchen
It’s very important to properly organize your kitchen equipment—from pots, pans, knives, and down to correctly labeling your herbs and spices. By doing so, you can manage your time better and create dishes properly and without having to scramble to and from the kitchen.

3. Create a Meal Plan for the Week
Creating a meal plan will save you the time of having to think “what’s for dinner”, and will also lessen your trips to the grocery. Putting a meal plan together will also help you save some money as the grocery items you purchase will be more in line with what you need, rather than just a spontaneous purchase. Set aside time at the beginning of the week to plan out what you need for the week ahead.

4. Invite Family and Friends to Cook at Home with You
Having your loved ones over to collaborate and cook with you at home is a great idea for learning new skills and for bonding! Sharing ideas and thoughts, while putting together a beautiful feast, makes eating much more meaningful. It’s also a great way to pick up some neat kitchen tips and tricks from people you trust!

5. Build the Cooking Habit by Doing It Everyday

As Julia Child once said, “No one is born a great cook , one learns by doing.” Indeed, building the habit of cooking at home, and expanding your skills and experimenting with new dishes will help you master the art of cooking and make it easier in the long run.

Some recipes you can try at home are easy yet satisfying Sloppy Joes that are brightened by tomatoes and come with a peppery kick, a quick yet hearty Cheddar Corn Chowder that brings back childhood memories, some luscious Blueberries and Cream Cups that seem sophisticated but are actually very easy to make, a delish and no-frills No-Bake Banana Cream Pie that’ll satisfy your kids’ sweet tooth, and an impressive Creamy Pesto Pasta that you can pack as well for lunch or as a snack. For more delicious recipe ideas, visit the Create with Cream Recipe Page and get inspired!

They say that “Happiness is Homemade”. So what are you waiting for? Fill your loved ones hearts and tummies with joy with some home cooked meals today!