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Becoming a newlywed is a good excuse to learn the basics of home cooking. After all, you and your husband or wife are a family now. You are probably trying to save money – and eating at home will help you do that. Also, you’ve just committed to spending a lifetime together, and you’d probably like to stretch out that lifetime as much as you can. Cooking your own meals tends to be healthier than takeout or processed frozen goods. If those reasons aren’t enough for you, then just think about the memories you’ll make in the kitchen and when eating together at home. Families are built around the dinner table. To build your new family, you’ll have to learn to cook the basics. The Cooking for Two site can help you make recipes just for the two of you. But here are some other simple cooking lessons that include more recipes, tips and resources –

EGGS

You’ve probably heard the “incredible, edible egg” commercial. Really, eggs are versatile and should be a staple in your fridge. Besides being able to create a meal with an egg, you often need eggs for other recipes, such as meatloaf or a cake.

If you’d like to prepare eggs for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can make them hard boiled, scrambled, fried, or in an omelet. All these basic recipes require minimal preparation and can be ready in 20 minutes or less.

Recipes

Garlic Fried Eggs

How to Make Poached Eggs

Make Scrambled Eggs

Make Hard-Boiled Eggs

Creating Egg Dishes - Omelets, Frittatas, Quiches, and Stratas

PASTA AND RICE

All you have to know how to do to make pasta or rice is boil water. Some rice requires constant stirring on your part, but is as easy as can be. To increase the nutritional benefits, stock your kitchen with whole wheat pasta and brown rice. Boil your rice in vegetable, chicken, or beef broth to increase the flavor. Read the instructions on the package of the rice. Consider adding vegetables such as carrots, snow peas, or sweet peppers to increase the flavor and get more vegetables into your diet.

For pasta, be sure to generously add Kosher salt to the boiling water before you add the pasta. Stir occasionally so the pasta doesn’t stick to the pot. Shut off the heat a minute before you think the pasta will be done to insure it’s al dente or still has a bit of bite to it. Italians suggest reserving some of the starchy pasta water in the pot with the pasta. It will help olive oil or whatever sauce you’re adding stick to the pasta better. The simplest and quickest topping is olive oil, chopped garlic, and Parmigiano cheese. It will help you in a pinch, but here are some other recipes.

Recipes

How to Cook Brown Rice

How to Cook Rice

Pasta Recipes and Sauces

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