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.

Three homemade Larabars

Homemade Larabars

We got nothing against the Larabars we’ve been noshing for years. Save for the crazy price tag. Here’s a less expensive, more customizable alternative.

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A jar of quick red chile adobo sauce with the lid and a spoon resting beside it.

Adobo Sauce

Perhaps best known as the earthy sauce bathing canned chipotle peppers, this Mexican staple is actually ridiculously versatile. And easy to make at home. Here’s how.

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A loaf of pane bianco on a white wooden board.

Pane Bianco

Crunchy on the outside and soul-sighingly soft inside, this simple no-knead sourdough recipe from Jim Lahey turns out a classic Italian loaf that would pass muster at any trattoria.

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Two slices of chocolate sandwich, made with toasted French bread, chocolate, and a sprinkling of salt on a wire rack.

Chocolate Sandwich

Rest assured, this chocolate sandwich with a French accent is a far cry from Wonder bread and Hershey’s. Oooooh sooooo far.

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Two pieces of pan-seared fish fillet on a white plate with lemon wedges, a lime half, and parsley, to garnish.

Pan Seared Fish Fillet

Healthy isn’t necessarily boring or penance. This lovely and easy pan seared fish fillet with lemon and butter is so darn delectable, you’re going to completely forget it’s good for you.

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Glass jar with a cold and flu drink with a cinnamon stick, a spoon with ginger

Cold and Flu Elixir

Made with honey, ginger, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, and cayenne, this sweet sipper is incomparably better than those blechy-tasting, over-priced, brand-name cold medicines.

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A skillet with caramelized onions and a spatula moving the onions.

How to Caramelize Onions

So-called “caramelized onions” that take just 20 minutes to turn a limpid softness and a pale golden are no substitute for the complex sweetness of properly caramelized alliums. Here’s how to do it right.

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A black plate topped with angel hair pasta with lemon bread crumbs and a fork and a squeezed half lemon rests beside the plate.

Angel Hair Pasta with Lemon and Bread Crumbs

Hello, weeknight supper scrounged from the pantry. And with no compromise whatsoever in terms of taste. We’re actually hearing this reminds folks of something they’d order at a cafe in SoHo.

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A large stock pot filled with Southern greens with ham hocks and chopped onions.

Southern Greens with Ham Hocks

Quite simply, these are sturdy kale, collards, chard, and mustard greens are coaxed to enticingness by slowly simmering them with ham hocks or bacon, onions, and spices. A Southern classic reinvented.

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Pan Seared Chicken Breast

Pan Seared Chicken Breast

Shatteringly crisp skin. Tender meat. And a stovetop that isn’t spattered with grease. This is gonna change your weeknight chicken game.

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Nine bowls of oatmeal with different toppings created from an oatmeal bar

Best Oatmeal Toppings

No more boring oatmeal at the breakfast table. Just make a big batch, set out some unexpected yet lovely toppings, and watch things disappear.

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Three glasses of Champagne cocktail with a Champagne cork an a plate of sugar cubes beside the drinks.

Champagne Cocktail

The quintessential something to sip at an elegant soirée, a large party, or just because it’s a random Tuesday night.

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An espresso cake drizzled with glaze on a wire rack that is set on a pice of parchment to catch any glaze drips.

Espresso Cake

This simple yet spectacular riff on coffee cake—there’s actually coffee in the cake—is rich and robust and rousing in that way only espresso can be.

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