Just some general guidelines to help you out in the kitchen.
- Read every recipe all the way through first. This way you won't be surprised by any instructions that need you to do two different things simultaneously or include large gaps of time you hadn't planned for.
- Assemble all your tools and ingredients ahead of time, so ensure that you actually have everything on hand. It's easy to forget you used up all the tomatoes or didn't realize you only have 1 cup of flour when the recipe calls for 2 or the casserole tray is still in the dishwasher.
- Clean as you cook. Most recipes have some downtime at one stage or another. Using this break to clean up a little bit each time means you aren't left with a huge pile of dirty dishes, utensils, and messy countertops to tackle at the end.
- Taste-test as you go along (safely of course, avoid undercooked meat and raw eggs). This way you can make small adjustments as necessary to keep your dish on track.