Unless you're experienced in shooting with off camera lighting set ups, I recommend shooting your food photos in daylight. Food looks awful under ambient light at night, no matter how good it tastes, so do your best to shoot during daylight hours. I even turn of all the lights in the kitchen when I'm shooting food so I don't get any weird light seeping in. This can be inconvenient if you want to shoot a dinner meal that you'd usually make at night, but you're just not going to get good photos if you shoot them with the lighting that already exists in your house.
The top photos were shot indoors, at night, using the lights I had in my kitchen. The bottom photos were shot during daytime using only natural light. They have relatively similar styling, but the photos themselves are drastically different.
Do whatever you can to shoot with natural light. I used to live in a house that was tiny and dark, so I'd shoot all my food on the front porch. I probably looked like a crazy person to my neighbors, but it gave me way better photos than I would've achieved doing them indoors.
The left photo would've been much better if I'd included a garnish on the soup. The second photo shows a very similar looking soup, but the photo is so much more interesting because I garnished with some cheese, cilantro, and bacon!
Process shots don't have to document the actual process either. Determine what parts of the process are most photogenic and focus on getting shots of those. I like to shoot pouring a cocktail from a shaker into the glass, but it can take a few shots to get all the elements right. Don't forget to style your process shots too. Create a scene that tells a story. Because you're using still photos, you only get that one moment to tell a story. In baking shots I'll usually have containers of my ingredients where they're measured out, even though I wouldn't do it that way if I was just baking normally.
Like I said, I use the same location for all my shots, so in order to get some variety, I have some different backdrops that were super simple and easy to make. I have a light wood table that I occasionally use, but I also put wood planks on top the table to create alternative looks. One is a set of planks from our old fence, which gives a really nice rustic look. The other is a set of planks that is whitewashed for a bright, clean, white background. You could also use plywood, natural, painted, or aged/stained.
It takes just a little bit more thought and effort to take a food photo from boring to mouthwatering. You don't need super fancy equipment to create delicious images. It takes some practice to start figuring things out, but you'll start to learn what looks good and what works. Practice makes perfect! Keep on shooting!