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17 Recipes for the Recent College Grad

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Last week, we showed you eighteen dishes college grads should not how to make without a recipe in order to feed themselves on a daily basis, but what about those once-in-a-while occasions that pop up? Maybe mom is coming over and you want to show off your new cooking prowess. Maybe it's your best friend's birthday and you need a cake. Or maybe you just want to treat yourself, whether that means a hearty batch of homemade granola or a huge plate of fries. Whether it's something that you'll want to make once a week or once a year, we've got 17 special occasion recipes that will help you rise to the occasion:

Nekisia Davis' Olive Oil and Maple Granola by Genius Recipes



No-Knead Sandwich Bread by Carey Nershi



Martha Stewart's One-Pan Pasta by Genius Recipes


Marcella Hazan's Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter by Genius Recipes

More: If you really want to wow someone, make fresh pasta from scratch


Fan Qie Chao Dan (Tomato and Eggs Over Rice) by The Cooking of Joy


Sweet Potatoes Roasted in Coconut Oil by Gena Hamshaw


Patricia Wells' Fake Frites by Genius Recipes


Crispy Coconut Kale with Roasted Salmon and Coconut Rice by Ashley Couse | Bloom & Nourish


Barbara Kafka's Simplest Roast Chicken by Genius Recipes


Heidi Swanson's Pan-Fried Giant White Beans with Kale by Genius Recipes


Low-Maintenance Fish Tacos by Amanda Hesser


Classic Chicken Piccata by Linda Johnson


Funfetti Cake by molly yeh


Dorie Greenspan's Hot (and Cold) Chocolate by Genius Recipes


Alice's Chocolate Pudding by Alice Medrich


The Kitchn's One-Ingredient Ice Cream by Genius Recipes


Chocolate Chip Cookies by Phyllis Grant

What other recipes should a college grad have on hand? Let us know in the comments below!

Tags: graduation, college, budget, simple, dinner, dessert, lunch