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TheDailyMeal: Common Mistakes That You May Be Making in the Kitchen

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Not Letting Your Meat Rest After Cooking

To help you get up to speed on what you could be doing wrong in the kitchen, we asked cooking expert Erika Monroe-Williams what she thought were frequent mistakes home cooks make, and how to fix them. As "The Hopeless Housewife" and a contestant on ABC’s "The Taste," Monroe-Williams has spent plenty of time in the kitchen, and plenty of time helping others fix their cooking woes.

"Allowing your meat to rest for that much-needed cooling-off time allows the juices to be distributed more evenly and not run out onto the cutting board [like they would] if you were to cut into it immediately," says Monroe-Williams. "Let steaks and chicken rest for at least five minutes, and whole roasts and birds could rest 20 to 30 minutes. Cover meat with foil while it's resting."

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