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 stack of five chocolate chip cookie brownies.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Brownies

You shouldn’t have to choose between your two competing cravings. The only disappointing thing about these? That we didn’t discover them sooner.

  • (1)
  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 20 M
  • 2
An almost empty pot with traces of hot fudge sauce and a wooden spoon resting inside.

Hot Fudge Sauce

Chocolate, cream, sugar, vanilla, and butter. If ever there was a magnificent melding of just a few ingredients, this is it.

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  • 50 M
  • 50 M
  • 14
A small batch of chocolate chip cookies on a baking sheet.

Small Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies

Happiness can be found in this recipe that ended our search for the perfect small-batch chocolate chip cookie. Insanely perfect for when you need—need, not want—just a dozen.

  • (1)
  • 15 M
  • 25 M
  • 4
Links of sausage made using the how to make chorizo method.

How To Make Chorizo

Knowing how to make chorizo is an essential life skill all of us should learn and practice often. Or that’s what we think. This recipe falls smack in between the Mexican and Spanish styles.

  • (1)
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 1 D, 3 H
  • 4
A spice-rubbed whole Instant Pot rotisserie-style chicken on a sheet of parchment paper on a wooden board.

Instant Pot Rotisserie-Style Chicken

Can you roast a whole chicken in an Instant Pot? Well, yes. Kinda of. Is it “technically” roasted? No. Does it have a deliciously rotisserie-like flavor? You betcha.

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  • 20 M
  • 1 H
  • 8
A classic grilled cheese sandwich--buttered grilled bread and oozing Cheddar cheese

Classic Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Just as cheesy and comforting as it was when you were six years old. And who couldn’t benefit from feeling like you’re six again and all is right with the world?

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  • 5 M
  • 10 M
  • 6
A person holding a glass mug of cinnamon tea on a white plate.

Cinnamon Tea

Sorta amazing what loveliness can be wrought from just a stick of cinnamon and some hot water. So simple. So soothing.

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  • 5 M
  • 20 M
  • 4
A partially shredded roast pork butt in a roasting pan with a cup of barbecue sauce and two forks.

Roast Pork Butt

Excuse us, but we’re too preoccupied stuffing our pieholes with roast pork butt to say anything. Hey, anyone seen the napkins?!

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  • 20 M
  • 10 H
  • 262
A white crock filled with brown vegetable stock with a bay leaf floating on top.

Roasted Vegetable Stock

An umami-rich roasted vegetable stock that’s also vegan from British phenom Nigel Slater. And it’s just begging to be used any way you please.

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  • 40 M
  • 2 H, 40 M
  • 2
A wire basket lined with parchment and filled with sweet and spicy bacon with a glass of beer on the side.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon

When this sweet and spicy bacon is missing from your life, happiness is missing from your life. And if fulfillment can be found in brown sugar and spice, don’t you owe it to yourself?

  • (1)
  • 10 M
  • 45 M
  • 4