The Arsenal®

Just started cooking? Is the kitchen as foreign to you as Uzbekistan? Have no fear. These are the recipes that will build the foundation of your pantry and teach you the skills you need to grow as a cook, not to mention rack up compliments faster than Katy Perry gains Twitter followers.

A glass jar filled with homemade cashew butter with a jar of cashews in the background.

Homemade Cashew Butter

Surprisingly easily. Unbelievably creamy. Even relatively inexpensive compared to store-bought cashew butter. Here’s how to make it at home.

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A white bowl filled with stir-fried lettuce, topped with sesame seeds on a white wooden surface.

Stir-Fried Lettuce

Stir-fried lettuce. Not what you were thinking about doing with that head of romaine languishing in the fridge? Think again.

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A plate and a bowl of asparagus risotto with a fork resting beside the bowl.

Asparagus Risotto

An easy and surprisingly light riff on traditional risotto that manages to maintain all the rich, indulgent, creamy goodness of the Italian classic.

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A whole peanut butter pie in a white pie dish, topped with whipped cream and peanuts.

Peanut Butter Pie

We can’t help falling in love with the sweet, smoky, salty, nutty flavors of Elvis’s favorite sandwich—peanut butter, bacon, and banana—in a gooey, messy pie.

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A halved fancy tuna melt with tomato and cucumber on a baguette on a piece of parchment.

Fancy Tuna Melt

A tuna melt is a tuna melt is a tuna melt, right? Uh, not exactly. This is a welcome departure from what we choked down as children.

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Two bowls of polenta with greens, topped with grated Parmesan and crispy bread crumbs.

Polenta With Greens

Comfort food at its finest—creamy polenta, packed with leafy greens and Parmesan. Full of nutritious veggies and on the table in 45 minutes. You’re welcome.

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A stack of buttermilk pancakes on a white plate with a pat of butter on top and syrup running down the sides.

Buttermilk Pancakes

Got buttermilk? Then you’re halfway to a pile of tender and fluffy pancakes. Breakfast-for-dinner never sounded so good.

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Three chewy chocolate brownies stacked on top of each other with another leaning on the stack on a piece of parchment.

Chewy Chocolate Brownies

Craving chewy chocolate brownies? America’s Test Kitchen has a splendid version that’s got some seriously amped-up flavor.

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