Ask any chef what the key to a successful dish is and his answer will undoubtedly be mise, as in mise en place.
While you may not be working in a professional kitchen that doesn’t mean you can’t learn from the pros. Mise en place (literally “putting in place”) means organization, preparation; it means no surprises. Before you start cooking, gather your ingredients (small bowls work great for this, one ingredient, one bowl), measure them according to the recipe, and place them together within arms reach. Once you have your mise en place, well, in place, you’re ready to start cooking. Follow this little tip and you’ll find your meal comes together faster, easier, and cleaner.