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 of slow cooker applesauce with two spoons nearby

Slow Cooker Applesauce

This recipe is gonna change your mind about store-bought applesauce. And not just because it lets you use your slow cooker and walk away. Wait’ll you taste it.

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  • 15 M
  • 6 H, 15 M
  • 0
Graveyard Halloween Cupcakes

Graveyard Halloween Cupcakes

Graveyard hauntings are no laughing matter. Neither are these creepy Halloween cupcakes. They’re a delicious matter.

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  • 1 H
  • 1 H, 25 M
  • 0
A bowl of chicken soup with dumplings, topped with fennel fronds, along with red pot and bowls

Chicken Soup with Dumplings

A cross between classic Jewish dumpling soup and Italian la minestra, this lovely little fusion number is gonna upend your notion of chicken soup in the best possible way.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 0
A clay bowl filled with butter, parsley, red onion, lemon zest, orange zest, and salt

Parsley Garlic Butter

Parsley garlic butter. Easy to make. Always worth having on hand. And is a packed with flavor.

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 0
Cheesy Fish Crackers

Cheesy Fish Crackers

No preservatives. No artificial coloring. Just real, honest-to-goodness ingredients—and maybe a little goldfish giddiness.

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  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 12
Two blue glass plates with scoops of Turkish coffee ice cream, and a spoon

Turkish Coffee Ice Cream

Folks are saying this is the simplest ice cream recipe they’ve ever made. They’re also calling it the most satisfying.

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  • 10 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 2
Apple Cider Vinaigrette

Apple Cider Vinaigrette

This slightly sweet, subtly tangy, entirely apple-y vinaigrette recipe is going to come in far more handy than you can ever imagine.

  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6
A loaf of braided challah bread on a baking sheet with a serrated knife

Challah Bread

Rich, slightly sweet, and chewy in a good way, this stunner of a loaf is New York’s answer to France’s brioche.

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  • 45 M
  • 4 H
  • 8
Pickled Zucchini

Pickled Zucchini

Looks like a cucumber pickle. Tastes sorta like a cucumber pickle. But let us assure you, this is not a cucumber pickle. It’s even better.

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  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 18
Bread and Butter Pickles

Bread and Butter Pickles

We’ve no idea where the saying “in a pickle” comes from, but we’d love to find ourselves in a jar of these subtly sweet specimens.

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  • 25 M
  • 3 H, 25 M
  • 2
Cantaloupe Granita

Cantaloupe Granita

Icy. Slushy. Sorbet-y. Creamy. Melony. Everything you imagine a granita could be, you’ll find it here.

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  • 20 M
  • 4 H, 20 M
  • 0
Spaghetti all’Aglio e Olio

Spaghetti all’Aglio e Olio

This classic Italian spaghetti all’aglio e olio is going to rock your world with its understated simplicity and undeniable frugality.

  • 5 M
  • 20 M
  • 14