DO: Make sure your sweet potato is fairly well-cooked and yielding to a fork before you put it in your pan.
DON’T: Microwave it to reasonable softness and put the tougher parts in your husband’s bowl assuming he is too agitated about a women’s soccer match to notice.
DO: Actually follow the recipe in terms of the spices.
DON’T: Just dump a bunch in “to taste” assuming it will all work out and then wonder why your entire mouth is coated in garam masala.
DO: Add the chili only if you want it.
DON’T: Cut up the chili then absentmindedly touch your eye and then run around your kitchen screaming at anyone who will listen (no one) about how if people would only pick their wet towels off the bathroom floor these sorts of things wouldn’t happen.
DO: Spend a certain amount of time after these errors pondering why it is that you cook and feeling like perhaps you should just give it up because what kind of person messes up a simple and elegant dish written by MrsWheelbarrow, no less?
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).