Simply Playful Fare's

Members Only Cooking Community

Are you feeding your inner foodie?

TLDR: Satisfy your hunger with delicious recipes, cooking hacks, and more straight from our kitchen to yours.

Cooking is a stress-reliver, and it's proven that cooking from home is cheaper than eating out. If you cook at home, you'll save money, and be healthier, and that starts with learning how to cook.

This is a community where people can learn to cook and develop solid skills in a supportive environment.

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Why You Should Learn How to Cook


You’re sitting comfortably on your couch, watching America’s Test Kitchen, or the Great British Bake Off again.   The dish is Beef Bourguignon. 

What exactly is that?  How do you cook it? Or maybe it’s Seafood Paella, Molten Lava Cake, anything with meringue, homemade pudding.  

You couldn’t possibly make that, so why even try?  

If you can cook simple meals - or even if you can't cook at all - any of these dishes are in your grasp. There’s no reason to be intimidated to try something if you really want to try it.

There are tons of reasons to learn how to cook - or become a stronger cook.

Maybe you want to save money. Maybe you want to eat healthier. Maybe you're tired of take out boxes and plastic waste.

The good news is ... getting into the kitchen more often will help you with all of these. And it's fun!

Cooking Will Improve Your Life


  • Is fun and easy
  • Is less expensive than eating prepared food - a study in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that cooking from scratch was healthier and cheaper than eating out.
  • Will help you lose weight - [T]hose with greater food preparation and cooking skills have diets of better quality...preventing excessive weight gain, especially in young adults." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

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  • Unique content you won't get anywhere else. (Want to learn how Harry Potter's wand relates to knife skills?)
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  • Become part of a supportive community and learn in a safe environment that fosters growth.
  • Exclusive forum: you'll have a place to ask questions and get solid answers.
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Learning cooking skills as a child or a teenager was shown to be positively related to current use of cooking and food skills, cooking practices, cooking attitude and diet quality. This research illustrates that learning cooking skills early in life has potential associations with health, cooking behaviours and food sustainability.

— Fiona Lavelle, International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.

— Harriet Van Horne


The Smart Person's Guide to Basic Cooking Skills is a 12-part self-study course that teaches you basic cooking skills.

The course is designed to teach you the basic cooking skills that you will need to successfully cook most recipes, such as knife skills, how to peel vegetables, how to steam vegetables, how to cook a chicken breast, how to trim and prepare meat, and how to hard-boil eggs.

Even if you already feel confident in your skills, you can still learn a few new tricks, such as how to chiffonade herbs, the best way to dice an onion, how to peel and chop fresh garlic, how to saute, how to caramelize onions, and how to properly pit an avocado like a chef.

You'll build a solid base of strong skills while having fun.

Each lesson comes with recipes picked specifically for that lesson, so you can get hands-on experience practicing the skills. The more you practice, the faster you'll master the skills.

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The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you've got to have a what-the-hell attitude.

— Julia Child

The Smart Person's Guide to Basic Cooking Skills E-book

Move at Your Own Pace

Lessons are on demand and always available, so you don't have to move on until YOU feel ready. Watch lessons when your schedule allows - after work, or when the kids are in bed. You choose.

You'll Save More Money by Cooking at Home

It's proven that cooking from home is cheaper than eating out. If you cook at home, you'll save money, and that starts with solid skills.

Freedom to Cook What You Want, When You Want

No more picking recipes based on your skill level, or because you don't know how to do something.

You Can Finally Take Pride in What You Cook

You'll be proud of the food you put on your plate. Get your camera ready for that Instagram post.

28% of Americans Don't know How to Cook

In a 2011 survey, 28% of Americans said they don't cook because they don't know how. Don't be part of this statistic. You deserve to eat healthier, better tasting, food that's cheaper than eating out. You can learn!

But why can't I just watch YouTube or take a cooking class?

You can. And both of those options are a better fit for some people.

But you can't get feedback from YouTube. And cooking classes take up energy and are a significant time commitment - and they move at a fast pace. The lessons in the community are on demand, so you can move at your own pace. You'll never feel left behind.

Reading cookbooks and watching cooking shows give you even less opportunity to ask questions and get solid answers on your time table.

None of these options give you the ongoing feeling of being a part of a group of people who support you and want you to succeed in learning cooking skills.

In the community, you can ask questions in the forum and get answers.

About Crystal.

I started Simply Playful Fare in 2012. My philosophy is that food should be made with good and simple ingredients. You shouldn't have to stock your pantry and fridge with lots of exotic ingredients just to make amazing food. It's wasteful, expensive, and clutters your kitchen.

I hate reading directions, but love to create. I tend to jump in head first before I have a plan. That's made for some interesting experiments - and flops - in the kitchen.

I've struggled with my weight over the years, jumping from one fad diet to another. The best thing I've found to control my weight and stay healthy is cooking at home, counting calories, and exercising. That's why cooking good food with simple ingredients is so important.

Cooking is a great way to be creative and it's also a stress-reliever.

Food should also be fun.

That's why we make "nerd food" and use pop culture to talk about cooking topics and techniques. Check out our recipes for a Harry Potter Halloween.

"Your movie analogies crack me up and it is a great way start the lesson. Every nerd will appreciate this detail. I think your information is very clear and concise without being over the top or wordy. On the chopping onions section - I found this section particularly helpful. I imagine this technique requires less mess and less waste."

— Kathryn T.

Having fun in the kitchen

Harry Potter Halloween

Les Mis: The Popcorn of Angry Men (Spicy Herb Popcorn)

Frozen Sugar Cookies

Why is the community free?

We're opening the community for free to our first group of members. It helps me really focus on our first group of members while we get established, and make sure the resources in the community are of the highest value and greatest use to you.

But spots are limited to the first 100 members, and the community won't be free forever. Once we close our doors, members who join when we open back up will pay a monthly fee.

If you join now, as a thank you to you, you'll have lifetime access to the community for free.

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Learning How to Cook will Improve Your Life

·         Cooking is Fun and Easy. 

·         Cooking from Scratch is Less Expensive than Eating Prepared Food

·         Cooking Your Own Food Will Help You Lose Weight

·         Cooking Your Own Food is Healthier for You

·         Cooking Makes You Happier


Remember, our cooking community won’t be free forever.

And if you join now, you’ll lock yourself in and our GUARANTEE to you is that you’ll never have to pay a dime to get all of the benefits that others will have to pay for later.  

So what are you waiting for?  

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