Returning home after a little time away is like a big, warm hug that you desperately need. You'll breathe in that familiar home smell, fling up a window sash or three, let all your confusingly numerous bags fall, then leap over them to the kitchen with a certain hopeful desperation for what you'll find when you open the fridge. (Swedish fish and Gatorade do not a dinner make!)
Sadly, what greets you upon opening it is rarely a cornucopia, since you cleaned it out (right?) before you left. And because all of us at Food52 just got back from Summer Week, and you're probably doing a little vacationing yourself, a remedy: Here are some of our favorite, most manageable dinners to whip up when we return from a break—based on what's in your fridge or pantry.
From now on, don't throw them out before you leave (unless you're going on a months-long sabbatical).
You've got a tub in your freezer, right?
Can of Beans
Swap them in a cook-from-dry recipe or eat them barely gussied up.
Crispy and salty is exactly what I'm always craving.
Potato or Sweet Potato
One of the hardier vegetables, so there's a chance it won't be sprouted when you get home.
What do you crave when you get home from a long time away? Share in the comments!