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 table with four canning jars filled with easy rhubarb jam

Easy Rhubarb Jam

Making preserves was never so easy or gratifying as with this foolproof old-fashioned recipe. Just four ingredients and an occasional stir. No prior canning experience required. Swear.

A torn croissant on a plate with more croissants on a rimmed baking sheet in the background.

How To Make Croissants

When you open the oven to these obscenely buttery, flaky croissants, you’ll be relieved you didn’t settle for what’s in the grocery-store freezer case. Trust us.

A canning jar filled with quick pickled ramps and some fresh ramps lying beside the jar.

Quick Pickled Ramps

No waiting weeks for the pickling solution to work its magic. Not with these little lovelies, which are ready to munch within minutes of making.

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A dish of classic Hollandaise sauce on a white plate with a whisk resting on the dish.

Classic Hollandaise Sauce

Some things are so simple as to seem almost plain—until you taste them. Hollandaise is one such perfectly simple staple.

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A pot of homemade tagliatelle with grated Parmesan on top and a wooden spoon in the pasta.

Homemade Tagliatelle

Making pasta at home is much easier than you may think. This recipe walks you through making silken, tender tagliatelle that’s perfect for tossing and twirling with anything.

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Several pieces of beer-battered fish scattered across newspaper with fried onions rings and two glasses of beer.

Beer-Battered Fish

Crisply deep-fried and flaky, this fish is better than take-out. It comes together fast enough that it’s weeknight friendly and beer keeps the batter light, too.

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Three bottles filled with homemade Sriracha sauce.

Homemade Sriracha Sauce

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

Swirls of Hershey's chocolate frosting.

Hershey’s Chocolate Frosting

Sometimes simpler is better. Proof? This classic chocolate frosting from the back of the tin of Hershey’s cocoa. We dare you to not just eat it straight from the spoon.

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A tangle of baked fries on a rimmed baking sheet.

Baked Fries

We know. You’ve tried oven fries in the past and have been sadly, miserably, devastatingly disappointed by what you experienced. Try again.

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