A friend of mine used this term yesterday. I hadn’t thought about it in years but is a very important term cooking. Let me explain: it simply means gathering all ingredients and cooking equipment together BEFORE you start to cook or bake. This is important in preparing any dish. There is nothing more frustrating than getting in the middle of your preparation and finding out you don’t have one of the ingredients.

Look at any recipe-first listed is the ingredient list then the preparation instructions.

Read a recipe a couple of times before starting. Make sure you have ALL your ingredients and cookware gathered before starting. You will really enjoy your time in the kitchen.