Cooking Fundamentals So You Can Get Creative in the Kitchen!

Loaded Pierogi began with a pair of friends, who just happened to be pro chefs, on a guy's weekend where a scantly packed refrigerator called for some culinary creativity. They pulled all the ingredients they could find--frozen pierogies, Brussels sprouts, and chicken, to name a few--stuck the dumplings on the bottom, piled everything high, and the first iteration of a Signature Bowl was compiled! If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, though, we pinky promise you don't have to have a chef's certificate to pull off a good meal!

Whether you're seeking prep for the day you're forced to improvise a kitchen sink meal, or you just want to know how to do it in general, here are some tips to keep in mind when you have to get creative with a sparse ingredient selection.

Fat Carries Flavor

Know why butter, oil, animal fat, and milk/cream are used so much in cooking? Because they literally make things yummier. We're not referring to the flavor of those ingredients, we mean they enhance the other flavors of the entire dish. When your kitchen is out of stock and down to the bare essentials, use one or more fatty ingredients to help make the tas