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35 Essential Recipes You Should Know by 35

Learn to make these essential recipes, and you'll be equipped for any occasion. Think everyday healthy meals, decadent treats to share and celebration-worthy recipes.

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In Your Teens

By your teens, you should master a few snacks, basic meals and classic sweets. This basic buttermilk pancake recipe is easy to whip up for Sunday brunch (or a sweet supper).

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Spinach-Mushroom Scrambled Eggs

My husband and I had breakfast at a hotel and enjoyed an amazing mushroom and egg dish. As soon as I got home, I made my own rendition. —Rachelle McCalla, Batesville, Arkansas
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The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

These gooey grilled cheese sandwiches taste great for lunch with sliced apples. And they're really fast to whip up, too. —Kathy Norris, Streator, Illinois
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Early 20’s

Time to master the basics, like sauces and grains, plus easy everyday healthy recipes, like this garlic lovers’ chicken.

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Brown Rice

Rice can be one of the most versatile players in your mealtime lineup. It’s also one of the simplest to make. Our foolproof guide will teach you how to cook brown rice, with helpful tips along the way.

Learn How to Cook Brown Rice

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Homemade Salad Dressing

Cheaper and healthier than store-bought salad dressing, vinaigrette is also a snap to make at home. Our Test Kitchen shows you how it’s done.

Learn How to Make Vinaigrette

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Crusty Homemade Bread 180460

Late 20’s & Early 30’s

Time for more advanced recipes that rely on technique to get restaurant-worthy results. Think homemade bread and pizza dough, great steak, and more.

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