Food·Posted on Oct 30, 201530 Qualities Of A Good Home CookPick and choose.by Sarah JampelBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink A good cook... 1. Can make something out of nothing and turn scraps into a meal James Ransom/Food52 / Via food52.com Yes, herb stems can be useful. We promise. 2. Respects—in all senses of the word—food: Where it comes from and how it's traditionally used, how it got to him or her, how to best prepare it Mark Weinberg/Food52 / Via food52.com Love and knowledge go hand in hand. 3. Has a desire to nourish and please, and focuses on the enjoyment of the people eating their food Mark Weinberg/Food52 / Via food52.com That's one happy kid. 4. Has no fear (or is at least able to set fears aside) Eric Moran/Food52 / Via food52.com Homemade bagels don't bite. 5. BUT also knows his or her limits (you can be a good home cook even if you have a comfort zone) James Ransom/Food52 / Via food52.com We all burn toast every once in a while. 6. Is curious, with a tendency towards experimentation Heather Hands/Food52 / Via food52.com Sometimes weird food pairings are strangely good. Like gravy and cheese curds. 7. Is at peace with eating a less-than-amazing meal in the name of learning Elizabeth Stark/Food52 / Via food52.com Most of the time your pie won't look like this. And that's okay. 8. Is patient James Ransom/Food52 / Via food52.com Patience = all this bread. 9. Can scale up quickly (is able to cook for 10 or for 2) Skye McAlpine/Food52 / Via food52.com You accidentally invited 20 people for dinner...now what? 10. Knows a few techniques that are transferrable and that work for what he or she likes to eat: roasting, stir-frying, making a dressing James Ransom/Food52 / Via food52.com Be the hostess with the roast(est). 11. Brings people together over food Harry Kong/Food52 / Via food52.com Good food always guarantees a good time. ...+wine. 12. Has respect for the freshest and best ingredients that his or her budget allows Eric Liftin/Food52 / Via food52.com Frozen peas for the win. 13. AND keeps an adequate supply of these ingredients on hand in the pantry, fridge, and freezer in order to make varied, delicious, comforting, seasonally appropriate food Mark Weinberg/Food52 / Via food52.com Always at the ready. 14. AND has an encyclopedic knowledge of what's in his or her kitchen at any time Mark Weinberg/Food52 / Via food52.com No grocery list needed. 15. Is willing to try again James Ransom/Food52 / Via food52.com And again and again. 16. Knows which foods/flavors complement one another James Ransom/Food52 / Via food52.com Butter flavors are the best kind of flavors. 17. Follows recipes Posie Harwood/Food52 / Via food52.com Food52 has a lot of them. In case you didn't know. 18. BUT can adapt recipes as he or she goes along and is willing to think outside their boundaries James Ransom/Food52 / Via food52.com Not recipes are the best. 19. Loves cooking as much as eating James Ransom/Food52 / Via food52.com A mutually beneficial relationship. 20. Develops a broad vocabulary and understanding of cooking as his or her knowledge develops James Ransom/Food52 / Via food52.com Notably, the difference between a squash and a pumpkin. 21. Tastes as he or she goes James Ransom/Food52 / Via food52.com Tasting here means wine and food, of course. 22. Does not overcrowd the pan Bobbi Lin/Food52 / Via food52.com But does make sure it's full. 23. Isn't afraid to use high heat and really char things Elizabeth Stark/Food52 / Via food52.com Smoky and sweet, the perfect combination. 24. Uses a tiny bit of acid (lemon, vinegar, etc.) to brighten up a dish Yossy Arefi/Food52 / Via food52.com When life gives you lemons, make lemon bars. 25. Adds enough salt but does not over salt James Ransom/Food52 / Via food52.com Juuuust enough. 26. Learns from his or her mistakes Phyllis Grant/Food52 / Via food52.com Practice makes perfect, duh. 27. Has a healthy appetite James Ransom/Food52 / Via food52.com And is a member of the clean plate club. 28. Wastes as little as possible Food52 / Via food52.com Don't waste, taste. 29. Respects those who have come before him or her and the knowledge they can impart Bobbi Lin/Food52 / Via food52.com Kristen Miglore is really good at this. 30. Embraces the mundane: enjoys chopping a carrot, boiling water, and (maybe) washing dishes Food52 / Via food52.com Maybe. Most times the cook should leave this for the non-cooks. Catherine O'Donnell contributed to this post. For more, visit Food52.