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20 Essential Dishes Every Cook Should Know

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If you were going to ever commit any sort of recipes to your memory -- if you were going to ever cook things so often that they become second nature -- you should look to these twenty. (Or, if they won't all fit in your brain, at least have them at the ready). Because while we're all into big parties and fun experiments and playing around in the kitchen, we've got our staples. We've got the things we turn to for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert -- all week long, when we're hungry or when we're tired or when the mood suddenly strikes. So here are Food52's most essential recipes: the things you really should know -- or strive to learn! -- how to cook.

Scrambled Eggs 

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Scrambled eggs from Food52

 

Pancakes

Pancakes from Food52

 

Chili

Chili from Food52

 

Roast Chicken 

Roast Chicken from Food52

 

Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce from Food52

 

Grilled Cheese

Grilled cheese from Food52

 

Salad Dressing

Lemon Caper Dressing

 

Mashed Potatoes

Mashed Potatoes from Food52

 

Steak 

Steak from Food52

 

Stir-Fried Noodles 

Noodles from Food52

 

Pesto

Pesto from Food52

  

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables from Food52

 

French Toast 

French toast from Food52

 

Puréed Vegetable Soup

Soup from Food52

 

Hamburgers

Burgers from Food52

 

Macaroni and Cheese 

Macaroni and Cheese from Food52

 

Chicken Cutlets

Chicken fingers from Food52

 

Frittata

Frittata from Food52

 

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Cookies from Food52

 

Chocolate Bundt Cake

Bundt cake from Food52

What recipes would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

 

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