After the busiest of Decembers—filled with gift shopping and cookie swaps, traveling to see family and holiday dinners—I’ve finally had a chance to catch my breath. I'm refreshed, recharged, and ready to ease into the new year. And there’s no better place to start than in the kitchen.
For me, that's where everything begins, from whipping up a hearty breakfast to get me out the door to wrapping up the day over a quiet dinner. My time in the kitchen doesn’t mean elaborate or complicated feasts (not always, at least!). Most nights, I just want an approachable meal that requires as little effort—and as few ingredients—as possible. Which is where these twelve recipes come in. They’re simple without feeling uninspired, they only need a handful of ingredients (five or less— not counting salt, pepper, and cooking fat), and they help get me back into tip-top cooking shape.
Go ahead and give 'em a weeknight whirl, and let them carry you right into the new year, too.
What's your best post-holiday recipe? Share your tips in the comments section below.
One More Winner
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).