Cooking 101: 22 Recipes Every Cook Should Know
Aprons on, ladies! It’s time for a crash course in cooking basics, as in the dishes you should no doubt have in your recipe arsenal. We’re talking everything from breakfast staples and easier-than-they-look roasts to crowd-pleasing side dishes and deliciously simple desserts. Besides letting you prove your prowess in the kitchen, these recipes can be tweaked so they’re entirely your own. (We smell an heirloom DIY cookbook in the works.)
1. Scrambled Eggs: We’re sure you’ve made them in the past, but why do home scrambled eggs never resemble fluffy restaurant scrambled eggs? Educate yourself, get the technique down, then get ready to mix it up. Cue extra cheese, sautéed veggies and your favorite meat. (via Good Food)
2. French Toast: Start your day with a little indulgence… and only a little bit of work. In three steps (beat eggs with milk, dip bread in mixture, pan fry eggy bread), you’ll have a weekend brunch-worthy meal. (via Simply Recipes)
5. Grilled Cheese: A lunch and snack-time staple, the grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food. And it’s all about the bread, people. Pro tip: Once you’ve mastered the basic combo, try our 12 alternatives. (via Delish)
10. Spaghetti and Meatballs: We’re not saying you should make the pasta from scratch, but there’s something about a homemade meatball that can’t be found in the store-bought variety. Plus, you’ll make your nonna so proud. (via The Pioneer Woman)
17. Mac ‘n’ Cheese: Homemade macaroni and cheese puts the boxed variety to shame. And this recipe — packed with butternut squash and sharp cheese — puts a healthy and flavorful spin to this classic meal. (via Cooking Light)
Got another recipe under your belt that’s a must-learn for all? Tell us in the comments below, or submit it to the Brit + Co. Community!