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.

Old-Fashioned Potato Gratin Recipe

Old-Fashioned Potato Gratin

This old-fashioned gratin comforts you with everything indulgent could possibly crave in a gratin, namely ample amounts of potatoes, cream, butter, and cheese. A glass of gigondas is optional.

  • Quick Glance
  • 25 M
  • 1 H, 45 M
  • 9
Nach Waxman's Best Brisket Recipe

Best Brisket

Like a chorus line of Rockettes, these slices of tender brisket lean on one another in perfect symmetry. Nach Waxman explains how to accomplish the same.

  • 40 M
  • 4 H, 10 M
  • 25
Crisp Potato Cakes

Crisp Potato Cakes

A kissing cousin to the latke, this whopping plate-size potato cake ensures you’re not standing at the stove all night long turning out one wee pancake after another.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 11
Chocolate-Dipped Pretzels Recipe

Chocolate Covered Pretzels

You’re not going to believe how spectacularly simple it is to make these impressive cocktail party pretzels with bling.

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  • 1 H
  • 2 H
  • 0
Candied Pecans Recipe

Candied Pecans

“Irresistible.” “The perfect combination of sweet, salt, spice, and crunch.” “We. Can. NOT. Stop. Eating. Them.” “Absolutely perfect.” That’s what folks are saying about these candied pecans.

  • 15 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 16
Royal icing Recipe

Royal Icing

Whether your knack for cookie-decorating leans toward fancy schmancy or basic buttons on gingerbread people, you need a foolproof royal icing. Look no more.

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  • 10 M
  • 10 M
  • 4
Vanilla Syrup Recipe

Vanilla Syrup

You’re going to want to drizzle, douse, and dribble this fragrant homemade vanilla syrup over and into and onto just about everything.

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  • 5 M
  • 40 M
  • 4
Basic Pan Gravy Recipe

Basic Pan Gravy

Great gravy doesn’t just happen by chance. Here’s how it does happen.

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  • 15 M
  • 15 M
  • 11
Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Easy Mashed Potatoes

Yeah, yeah, we know. You don’t need a recipe for mashed Yukon Golds with butter, milk, and salt. Or so you think. Try this and get back to us.

  • 20 M
  • 45 M
  • 4
DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice Recipe

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Making your own pumpkin pie spice is as easy as dumping some spices you probably already have on hand in a bowl and stirring them together. No need to run to the store. You’re welcome.

  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 6
Sweet Potato Cornbread Recipe

Sweet Potato Cornbread

We could blather on and on and on about this surprising (and stealthy healthy) riff on a Southern classic. But you best experience it for yourself.

  • 15 M
  • 50 M
  • 41
Homemade Pasta Dough Recipe

Homemade Pasta Dough

Pasta made fresh according to Italian tradition is unspeakably more supple, satisfying, and gratifying than the dried-out store-bought stuff. Here’s how to make it at home.

  • 45 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 85