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20 essential dishes every cook should know
Forget sous vide and emulsions. Any self-respecting chef should be able to whip these recipes up blindfolded.
 
Behold: Your essentials.
Behold: Your essentials. (FOOD52.com)

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



Pancakes



Chili



Roast chicken



Tomato sauce



Grilled cheese



Salad dressing



Mashed potatoes



Steak



Stir-fried noodles



Pesto



Roasted vegetables



French toast



Puréed vegetable soup



Hamburgers



Macaroni and cheese



Chicken cutlets



Frittata



Chocolate chip cookies



Chocolate bundt cake

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