Gluten-Free Cooking Skill Levels

Knowing which level cook you are will help you narrow down the recipes that will fit into your skill set. All of our recipes will labeled by type.

Kitchen Newbie

As a Newbie, you may or MAY NOT be able to boil water or even chop vegetables. Again, don’t panic! Remember, this is a journey, not a destination. I will show you how to create meals utilizing, primarily, prepared foods and combining them with fresh ingredients that don’t take much skill to prepare. And, if you do need a skill to prepare it, you can learn that on this site through video tutorials, photos and information. I will also give you information about “safe” prepared foods so your shopping journey is a less stressful.

Kitchen Novice

If you are at this level, you have some basic cooking skills and generally use 70% prepared foods to 30% fresh foods for each meal. I will provide Kitchen Novices with recipes that not only fit into your skill set but also help you to improve your skills as well. Videos, photos and other information will be available on this site to guide you.

If you are a Kitchen Novice, generally you can:

  • Follow a simple recipe
  • Chop vegetables
  • Fry and scramble an egg
  • Cook pasta
  • Cook white rice (no, not minute rice either)
  • Fry up some bacon (mm, bacon!!)
  • Work with basic herbs and spices

Kitchen Expert

A Kitchen Expert has many cooking skills and generally uses 50% prepared foods to 50% fresh foods for each meal. I will provide Kitchen Experts with recipes that not only fit into your skill set but also help you to improve you skills as well. Videos, photos and other information will be available on this site to guide you.

If you are a Kitchen Expert, generally you can:

  • Follow a recipe with 10 or more ingredients
  • Demonstrate basic knife skills
  • Chop vegetables to appropriate size for recipe
  • Dice an onion
  • Make an omelet
  • Make a vinaigrette or salad dressing from scratch or recipe
  • Cook pasta al dente
  • Cook rice (yes, even brown rice)
  • Make a risotto
  • Make mashed potatoes
  • Saute vegetables and aromatics
  • Cook a medium hamburger and/or steak
  • Cook a chicken breast and still keep it juicy
  • Break a whole chicken down into its parts
  • Grill meats and vegetables
  • Roast a chicken
  • Make meatloaf
  • Cook flaky moist fish
  • Tell the difference between many herbs just by looking at them
  • Make a bread or pizza from dough mix
  • Put a meal together taking into consideration nutrition and visual appeal

Kitchen Master

If you are a Kitchen Master, you have mad cooking skills and generally use 10-20% prepared foods to 80-90% fresh foods for each meal. I will provide Kitchen Masters with recipes that are exciting and fun to cook. Videos, photos and other information will be available on this site to guide you.

If you are a Kitchen Master, generally you can:

  • Execute all the skills in the Skillful Explorer section
  • Recipe, what recipe? Cook dishes without a recipe if you so choose
  • Use your knife in an advanced manner
  • Make an frittata, omelet or just about anything that involves an egg
  • Make fresh pasta
  • Make mayonnaise from scratch
  • Make sauces and gravies from scratch
  • Bake bread, pizza crust and cakes without a “box”
  • Cook all cuts of meat (pork, beef, lamb, veal, etc.) to desired temperatures using various methods (fry, roast, grill, etc.)
  • Buy, clean and prepare any fish
  • Make your own stocks
  • Identify just about any herb or spice by sight (and taste!)
  • Cook vegetables to desired doneness using various methods (braise, steam, roast, saute, etc.)
  • Grill anything and everything