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10 Dishes to Cook Without a Recipe This Winter

December 30, 2013

Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.

Today: How to make all your winter staples, without a recipe.

We're guessing you've made some resolutions for 2014. Maybe it's to relax, to let go, to be creative. Maybe it's to cook more; maybe it's to learn how to cook. Or maybe it's to perfect those dishes you turn to time and time again, the ones you'll cook on a weeknight, or with a drink in your hand, or on the phone with your girlfriend.

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In any of those cases, you should learn to cook without recipes: to get a few dishes up your sleeve that need no stress or pieces of paper or iPad or computer. Here are our 10 favorite dishes to cook without a recipe -- and how to do it.

Vegetarian or Vegan Chili

Veg chili from Food52 

 

Quinoa Salad 

Quinoa salad from Food52

 

Marinara Sauce 

Marinara sauce from Food52

 

Puréed Vegetable Soup

Vegetable soup from Food52

 

Grilled Cheese 

Grilled cheese from Food52

 

Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables from Food52

 

Risotto 

Risotto from Food52

 

Hot Chocolate

Hot chocolate from Food52

 

Pesto 

Pesto from Food52

 

French Toast

French toast from Food52

What will you make without a recipe this winter? Let us know in the comments -- or shoot us your Not Recipe at [email protected]!

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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).

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1 Comment

Stacy M. January 4, 2014
I have literally made all of these things (save the pesto) in the last couple months!