Which Recipes Do You Know By Heart?

We are all curious cooks who are excited to try new things in the kitchen. But at the core of our cooking are those recipes that are so familiar and comfortable that making them feels like slipping into a comfy pair of slippers and chatting with an old friend. Do you have a few recipes like this?I realized recently that I no longer consult a recipe when roasting chicken. I'll never forget how nervous I was the first time I roasted one all on my own. Now it feels second nature to rub the bird with oil and herbs, settle it on a bed of potatoes and onions, and let it roast away.

I have also made the no-knead Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes dough so many times at this point that I don't even look at the recipe anymore. Actually, I did look at the recipe recently and realized that at some point, I shifted to adding slightly more flour than the recipe calls for. Oh well! I love the loaves that come out of my oven every week.

Pasta sauces and frittatas are such a part of my weeknight dinner rotation that no recipe is required. I love the simple act of cutting vegetables for these dishes and choosing the spices from my drawer.

What about you? Which recipes have you made so often that you've committed them to memory?

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