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.

Several lemon madeleines next to a madeleine pan and a bowl of lemon glaze nearby.

Lemon Madeleines

Let’s dispense with all the talk about Proust and time and just revel in these lemony little lovelies, shall we?

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  • 25 M
  • 3 H, 30 M
  • 10
A fennel, orange, and watercress salad on a decorative platter with a cup of dressing and a spoon on the side.

Fennel, Orange, and Watercress Salad

Quick and easy to toss together with all the flair of a French woman slinging a scarf and instantly seeming elegant with ease. Which is exactly how we like our salads.

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  • 25 M
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Two fillets of flounder in a lemon butter sauce in a skillet topped with chopped parsley

Flounder with Lemon Butter Sauce

One of our most requested recipes. Easy, elegant, and pretty much foolproof. Sorta impressive for something that you toss together in less than 15 minutes, wouldn’t you agree?

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 34
Several oatmeal chocolate chip cookies cooling on a rack, one with a bite out of it.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Expect a slightly ginormous, squat, thin cookie that’s chewy in the center, crisp at the edges, and uncommonly good through and through.

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  • 25 M
  • 55 M
  • 4
A large pot of easy tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich being cut into croutons beside it.

Easy Tomato Soup

Tomato soup with grilled cheese croutons for dunking. And it requires barely more effort than heating up some Campbell’s.

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  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 19
Two pan seared chicken breasts in a stainless steel skillet with a pair of tongs resting on one of the chicken breasts.

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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  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 10
Three corked vials of homemade hot sauce

Homemade Hot Sauce

Hot peppers. Salt. Vinegar. And patience. That’s all you need to earn bragging rights as the maker of the best hot sauce ever. Well, that with this handy recipe from chef Hugh Acheson.

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  • 25 M
  • 7 D
  • 32
A baking sheet filled with frozen banana, avocado, and mango, using the method of how to freeze bananas.

How To Freeze Bananas

Easy peasy. Simply peel, slice, place flat on a baking sheet, freeze, and then yank out of the deep-freeze whenever you have a smoothie-making whim.

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  • 5 M
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  • 6