Jack laughs at me for pretending to be a TV chef, but I've always liked to get everything ready before I start cooking (a way to mitigate the panic). Turns out that this is an official cooking technique, called "mise en place"! I learned this from browsing The New Cook's blog, something I'll be doing more. Anyway, here's his entry on mise en place: http://thenewcook.com/2008/10/cooking-101-what-is-mise-en-place/
And here's a pic of my mise en place for the spaghetti con ceci recipe, just to prove I really do it.
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