What are your recipe essentials? This time last year we shared a dozen of the recipes that we and our readers find indispensable
. So indispensable are they, in fact, that we don't lean on the printed word. These are recipes we commit to memory. But a dozen really isn't enough, and we all have our favorites, so we're revisiting our lineup, with ten more recipes that many of us truly know by heart. Some are weeknight dinner staples like baked salmon and fried rice, and others are the most classic sort of comfort foods, like chocolate chip cookies and buttermilk quick bread. Here are ten more of the recipes we love so much we have them memorized. Do you? Or are there others you choose to know by heart?
• 1 Fried Rice (plus, Stir-Fried Chicken)
Understanding how to make a quick pan of stir-fried rice with vegetables and egg (or even a bit of leftover bacon) can mean a satisfying dinner on even the busiest of weeknights.
• 2 Creamy Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese
This is such a good recipe to know off the top of your head. Comforting, delicious, pleases everyone.
• 3 Basic Buttermilk Quick Bread
Want a quick bite of bread with dinner? Know this one by heart — it dresses up well with all kinds of variations, too (cheese, herbs, pesto...).
• 4 Great Pizza
Do you know how to put a pizza together? Do you know a good quick dough recipe by heart? This is such a staple for us.
• 5 Baked Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
This is a real go-to meal for me personally. I can throw together a pan of chicken thighs, mixed up with garlic or any chili sauce in the fridge, and bake it off without even thinking twice.
• 6 Great Beef Stew
Making great beef stew is a slow, meditative process, building up the flavor layer by layer, and it shouldn't require looking at a recipe too often. This is one to know by heart.
• 7 Creamy Stovetop Polenta
A good bowl of polenta is a great way to round out a meal.
• 8 Oven-Baked Salmon Fillets
This recipe for salmon fillets baked with herbs is so foolproof and delicious — it's really worth knowing.
• 9 Great Granola
But let's not forget breakfast. Shouldn't everyone know how to make granola?
• 10 Chocolate Chip Cookies
And let's not forget dessert either. It really doesn't hurt to know your basic chocolate chip cookie by heart.
(Images: See linked recipes for full image credits)