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 bowl filled with seven-layer dip with a spoon resting inside and a plate with tortilla chips, dip, and a lime wedge on the side.

Seven Layer Dip

Seriously the best seven layer dip we’ve ever had. Swear. And it comes together in minutes without any heat. Summer supper, anyone?

Pieces of chicken Marbella, topped with plums and herbs, with olives scattered around, on a white platter.

Chicken Marbella

One of the Silver Palate’s most cherished recipes, this has been a mainstay in the dinner rotation of home cooks for decades. Perhaps it’s time you give it a try.

Slices of tar heel pie on individual white plates, each topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Tar Heel Pie ~ Brownie Pie

Known in some parts as tar heel pie, this ridiculously rich chocolate brownie pie filling is impossibly fudgy, so much so it’s simply too gooey to consume out of hand

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Pieces of perfectly grilled fish made with the technique explained in 'how to grill fish', on a rimmed baking sheet with a metal spatula.

How To Grill Fish

Scared of fish? We understand. And actually, it’s not the fish that scares most folks, it’s not knowing how to cook said fish. Banish fears with these foolproof fixes.

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A glass of ruby sangria with a skewer of fruit suspended over the glass on a floral serving tray.

Ruby Sangria

The official Spanish summer sipper. And, for those who don’t care for sodden, wimpy, mushy fruit in their cocktail, we include a nifty little party trick.

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A table with four canning jars filled with easy rhubarb jam

Easy Rhubarb Jam

Making preserves was never so easy or gratifying as with this foolproof old-fashioned recipe. Just four ingredients and an occasional stir. No prior canning experience required. Swear.

A torn croissant on a plate with more croissants on a rimmed baking sheet in the background.

How To Make Croissants

When you open the oven to these obscenely buttery, flaky croissants, you’ll be relieved you didn’t settle for what’s in the grocery-store freezer case. Trust us.

A canning jar filled with quick pickled ramps and some fresh ramps lying beside the jar.

Quick Pickled Ramps

No waiting weeks for the pickling solution to work its magic. Not with these little lovelies, which are ready to munch within minutes of making.

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A dish of classic Hollandaise sauce on a white plate with a whisk resting on the dish.

Classic Hollandaise Sauce

Some things are so simple as to seem almost plain—until you taste them. Hollandaise is one such perfectly simple staple.

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