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 cranberry margarita in a short glass with a skewer or sugared cranberries and orange zest across the top.

Cranberry Margarita

Because sometimes on Thanksgiving, you need something a little stronger than wine. Especially this year. We know we will. *hic*

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  • 35 M
  • 45 M
  • 8
An apple coffee cake with one slice cut from it on a wire cooling rack with parchment underneath.

Apple Coffee Cake

Elegant enough for company, simple enough for every day, and versatile enough for breakfast and midnight snack and pretty much every moment in between.

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  • 30 M
  • 2 H
  • 15
A person stirring flour into the basic pan gravy with a wooden spoon on a rimmed baking sheet.

Basic Pan Gravy

Great gravy doesn’t just happen by chance. Here’s how it does happen. And with no fuss. No mess. No lumps. Just easy, foolproof, soul-satisfying gravy.

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  • 15 M
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A bowl of eggless chocolate chip cookie dough with a spoon resting in it.

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

Grab your spoons. Whether you crave sweetness or sustenance of a different sort, this simple childhood pleasure may at least bring you a little pleasure in the moment at hand.

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  • 10 M
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  • 52
A roast chicken on top of a bed of bread croutons and lemon wedges

Ina Garten’s Lemon Chicken

If we had to choose just one roast chicken to spend the rest of our lives with, this would be the one. No contest.

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  • 15 M
  • 2 H
  • 78
Pieces of yogurt and spice marinated salmon on a piece of parchment on a baking sheet with cilantro, onion, and lime wedge garnishes on the side.

Yogurt and Spice Marinated Salmon

“11/10!!!” “Ridiculously fast! Ridiculously good!!” “Where has this recipe been my whole life!?” “The flavors, the simplicity.” That’s what we’re hearing about this quickie of a salmon supper.

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  • 10 M
  • 25 M
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Nine brown butter rice krispies treats next to a glass of milk.

Brown Butter Rice Krispies Treats

The kid classic goes glam here with brown butter and sea salt. Sorta like your four-year-old trying on your heels and pearls…but with a heck of a lot more grace.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H, 50 M
  • 4
A ceramic bowl filled with hot and sour soup.

Hot and Sour Soup

This is, quite frankly, the loveliest hot and sour soup we’ve ever had, with none of the usual gloppiness of takeout Chinese. And it’s on the table in just 20 minutes.

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  • 20 M
  • 20 M
  • 48
A scoop of big batch caramelized onions on a wooden spoon.

Big Batch Caramelized Onions

Your future self will thank you when you can just reach in your fridge for a batch of readymade caramelized onions ready to toss into dinner at a moment’s notice.

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  • 1 H
  • 7 H
  • 0
A cast iron skillet filled with baked macaroni and cheese

Baked Macaroni and Cheese

This toss-it-together-and-shove-it-in-the-oven casserole is exactly what macaroni and cheese ought to be—easy, cheesy, crumb-topped, and knee-wobblingly indulgent.

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • 58