Because in the kitchen, there are no stupid questions.

By Real Simple
Updated June 12, 2015
Credit: Peter Oumanski

Have you ever had a cooking question you thought was too silly to even Google? This week's episode of "Things Cooks Know," hosted by Real Simple editors Sarah Humphreys and Sarah Karnasiewicz, has been transformed into Cooking 101 for cooks who lack confidence in the kitchen. Their guest Sam Zabell, editorial assistant at and host of another Real Simple podcast, "Adulthood Made Easy," asks all of the questions you might be too nervous to ask. A few of her questions: "Is it wrong to put food in an oven before the oven is preheated?" "What food containers are OK to microwave?" "What's the difference between baking powder and baking soda—and can you substitute one for the other?"

For the answers to those questions and more, listen to the full episode below. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes!