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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 

Scrambled eggs from Food52



Pancakes from Food52



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 from Food52


Stir-Fried Noodles 

Noodles from Food52



Pesto from Food52


Roasted Vegetables

Roasted vegetables from Food52


French Toast 

French toast from Food52


Puréed Vegetable Soup

Soup from Food52



Burgers from Food52


Macaroni and Cheese 

Macaroni and Cheese from Food52


Chicken Cutlets

Chicken fingers from Food52



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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