Cooking can sometimes be quite intimidating, but once you learn the basics, you can master any recipe in the kitchen. When you’re in your twenties, these are the recipes you should master: beef stew, salad dressings, pancakes from scratch, pasta dough, and roasted chicken.
When you run out of salad dressing, you can always just make it yourself at home. The best part about doing this? It’ll be more flavorful and healthy than the store-bought brands. The rule of thumb to remember is one part acid to three parts oil when making dressing. Remember this rule and you can make any dressing you want.
Another recipe you’ll want to master is beef stew. By mastering beef stew, you’ll learn the technique of braising. Once you’ve mastered it on beef stew, then you’ll be able to try it on other cuts of meat.
Master these basics below and you’ll be a pro in your thirties.
This recipe is a classic and straightforward version of the hearty dish, with additional flavoring from a hint of cumin and cinnamon. — Molly Aronica
Fluffy and thick buttermilk pancakes are both easy to make and very versatile — keep them plain and add your favorite topping, or add berries, chocolate, or nuts to the batter. — Elsa Saatela
Fresh pasta is really easy to make by hand, even if you don’t have a pasta machine. Make this two-ingredient pasta dough and serve with tomato sauce or simply toss with some good-quality olive oil and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. — Kristie Collado
Perfect Roast Chicken
Few can resist the succulent, juicy meat and crispy, golden skin of a perfectly roasted chicken. Here's a basic, practically no-fail recipe that's sure to become a family favorite. — D’Artagnani
Making salad dressing is super simple. It only requires a few ingredients and it tastes way better than the store-bought brands. Plus, it’s almost guaranteed to be healthier!