How to Read and Execute a Recipe
It seems like such a simple thing, but I like to employ a certain method to my madness when reading a recipe that I might like to execute. Pardon me for sounding like machine code. If recipe = good, then execute = Y. Being prepared is the number one piece of advice that I give when executing a recipe. I stress this all the time, because it is a big lesson that I have learned in my kitchen adventures.
Read and Reread
Also, make notes or mental notes about what ingredients need to be prepared a certain way, and where the instructions tell you to do so. For instance, one recipe might read One Medium Onion, Chopped. But another recipe might say One Medium Onion, and then two paragraphs below tell you to chop the onion.
Check to see if the oven needs to be preheating. Some recipes don't actually say "Preheat Oven." One time I did an hour's worth of preparation only to get to the last paragraph telling me "place dish in a 400 degree oven."
Check off ingredients
Start your Mise
And now excute the rest. A little forethought and preparation will go a long way.