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 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?!

A skillet on a wooden board with a piece of salmon teriyaki in it and a metal spatula and two plates with salmon teriyaki and greens on the side.

Salmon Teriyaki

Teriyaki has become synonymous with an overly sweet and sticky sauce. That’s a shame. This easy salmon teriyaki recipe keeps things perfectly in balance.

Three bottles filled with homemade Sriracha sauce.

Homemade Sriracha Sauce

This traditional and incendiary Thai condiment has incited quite the following. Here’s how to save yourself a trip to your local Asian market.

A Ball jar filled with chive blossom vinegar and the blossoms

Chive Blossom Vinegar

Remember your mom telling you, “Pretty is as pretty does…”? This lovely elixir knows no distinction–it’s just pretty through and through.

Four scoops of blueberry frozen yogurt in a wooden bowl with a spoon resting beside it.

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

No sugar. No creepy preservatives. Nothing but blueberries, plain yogurt, honey, lemon juice, purple smiles, and requests for seconds.

A white baking dish filled with easy rhubarb crisp and a spoon resting in the center.

Easy Rhubarb Crisp

An obscenely easy, sweetly tart rhubarb crisp that you simply must experience at least once. (Although we doubt you’ll be able to stop at just once.)

Two slices of New York style pizza on paper plates with a cheese shaker and napkins beside the pizza.

New York Style Pizza

Simple. Modest. Perfectly proportioned. And just like you’ll find in Manhattan. Swear. And a family project that’s just time-consuming enough to distract but not so tedious as to deter.

Two coconut cream pies with meringue tops, pastry crusts, and sprinkled with shredded coconut

Coconut Cream Pie

A retro classic with a velvety coconut custard buried beneath billows of sweet, luscious, airy meringue and cushioned by a tender, flaky, buttery lard crust. You’re welcome.

Three Champagne cocktails 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.