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 jars of cilantro sauce and a few toasted bread rounds topped with the cilantro sauce on a wooden board.

Cilantro Sauce

Schmear this simple green sauce on anything and watch it disappear. And did we mention you can toss it together in minutes?

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Two metal loaf pans filled with roasted garlic mashed potatoes with a masher resting in between them.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Not your everyday mashed potatoes, these are ridiculously rich and comforting thanks to butter, sour cream, Parmesan, roasted garlic, and caramelized onions. Leftovers freeze and reheat beautifully.

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A leftover turkey cranberry sandwich on a white surface.

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich With Stuffing

To us, perhaps the best part of Thanksgiving–right up there with that being grateful thing–is the leftovers. We’re already craving this turkey cranberry sandwich with mayo and stuffing and gravy, oh my.

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Three leftovers turnovers on a parchment-lined small rimmed baking sheet.

Thanksgiving Leftovers Turnovers

This brilliant (and frugal) technique creates surprise supper parcels from flaky, buttery pastry or pie crust hiding Thanksgiving leftovers. Prepare to be even more enthralled with Thanksgiving than before.

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A carved turkey on a wooden cutting board.

How to Carve a Turkey

Here’s how to make Thanksgiving dinner as Rockwell-ian as possible. (Well, the turkey carving part, anyways. We can’t do anything about your family.)

Cranberry and orange relish in a white bowl on a baking sheet

Cranberry and Orange Relish

Doesn’t get much simpler than this make-ahead cranberry sauce. Simply simmer cranberries, sugar, and orange until you hear a “Pop!” Then slide it in the fridge. Your work is done.

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A skillet filled with Ina Garten's caramelized shallots, sprinkled with parsley.

Ina Garten’s Caramelized Shallots

Shallots take on a dulcet, docile personality when slowly coaxed to a caramelized brown. Easy to make. And easygoing by way of going well with just about anything.

  • 15 M
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A cast iron skillet filled with cooked sweet potato cornbread topped with two pats of butter, resting on a old blue wooden chair with a dish of butter beside it.

Sweet Potato Cornbread

We could blather on and on and on about this surprising and stunning (and stealthy healthy) riff on a Southern classic that everyone is swearing is the best cornbread they’ve ever had. But you best experience it for yourself.

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A canning jar filled with pickled wild mushrooms and a sprig of thyme.

Pickled Wild Mushrooms

So easy to toss together. So understated yet sophisticated. So wise in capturing and preserving something during its season.

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A piece of apple crumble topped with vanilla ice cream in a white bowl.

Apple Crumble

Our definition of what the perfect apple crumble recipe ought to be—sweet, spicy, crunchy, tender, and lovely as can be.

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A stock pot filled with mushrooms, leeks, garlic, onion, carrots, and parsley for making roast chicken stock.

Roast Chicken Stock

Sure, made-from-scratch stock like grandma used to make is frugal beyond belief. But wait till you see what it does for your cooking.

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Six homemade English muffins in tins on a baking sheet and four empty tins.

English Muffins

Far easier to make than you might imagine. And unspeakably more flavorful than anything you can find that’s store-bought.

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