It's no small thing to commit to cooking meals at home, especially when every recipe you pick up assumes you already know how to do things like sauté mushrooms and cook the couscous. That's why we've spent the last year giving you lots of lessons on basic cooking skills along with some core recipes to use again and again. Here are 15 essential lessons and recipes we think every cook should know.

• 1 How to Bake a Potato In the Oven
• 2 How to Make Really Good Pizza at Home
• 3 How to Cook Mushrooms on the Stovetop
• 4 How to Cook Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs in the Oven
• 5 How to Cook Lentils on the Stovetop

• 6 How to Cook Salmon Fillets in the Oven
• 7 How to Make Great Granola Every Time
• 8 How to Cook and Brown Ground Beef
• 9 How to Make a Better Side Salad
• 10 How to Make Ice Cream at Home

• 11 How to Make a Frittata
• 12 How to Cook Rice on the Stove
• 13 How to Cook Broccoli, 5 Ways
• 14 Basic White Sandwich Bread
• 15 How to Cook Couscous

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