Classic Dishes You Should Master

Here’s my personal list of classic dishes—popular in the U.S.—that I think you  need to know how to cook. With time, it’s fairly easy to tweak traditional recipes to your tastes and dietary needs.

BREAKFAST 

Blueberry Muffins
Buttermilk Pancakes
Crispy Waffles
Eggs Benedict
French Toast
Soft-Scrambled Eggs & Oven-Baked Bacon

QUICK BREADS

Buttermilk Biscuits Two Ways
Skillet Cornbread (Southern-Style)
Honey Cornbread (Yankee-Style)
Julia Child’s Scones

APPETIZERS
(Most of these recipes also work for lunch)

Crab Cakes
Deviled Eggs
Guacamole
Hummus
Stuffed Mushrooms

SALADS

Basic Vinaigrette
Caesar Salad
Spinach Salad with Warmed Bacon Dressing

SOUPS & STEWS

Chicken Noodle Soup
New England Clam Chowder
Ratatouille
San Francisco Cioppino
New Mexican Green Chili Stew (Chile Verde)
Thai Coconut Curry
Tomato Soup
Gazpacho

VEGETABLES

Boston Baked Beans
Creamed Spinach
Eggplant Parmesan
Haricots Verts Amandine
Perfect Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Garlicky Brussels Sprouts
Roasted Root Vegetables
Scalloped Potatoes
Summer Vegetable Gratin

PASTA, PIZZA, & RICE

Bolognese Sauce
Classic Lasagne
Creamy Chicken Livers and Morels
Fettuccine Alfredo
Macaroni and Cheese
Marinara Sauce
Pizza Margherita
Risotto

FISH, MEATS, POULTRY, EGGS

Baked Sicilian Halibut
Boeuf Bourguignon

Cast Iron Steaks with Herb Butter
Cheese Souffle
Chicken Molé
Coq au Vin
Frittata
Meatloaf
Simple Roast Chicken
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Sole Meunière

DESSERTS

Apple Pie
Brownies
Chocolate Cake
Chocolate Chip Cookies
Coffee Cake
Cupcakes
Crème Caramel
Salted Caramel Ice Cream