2. don’t be afraid of a little heat (and a little smoke) – There’s no way to get a good sear on a steak or any piece of meat without cranking it up. And if you’re cranking the heat, then you are going to generate some smoke when the meat hits the pan. It’s OK—don’t panic! Just be prepared to open windows and disable the smoke detector before it starts blaring.
3. microplane (not just for cheese) – this tool is great for mincing garlic and ginger, along with spices and citrus. Use often to save time.
4. use your scissors in the kitchen – scissors are a great time saver to quickly cut up kids food or to break down a larger item into bite-size-pieces.