11 Foolproof Recipes That Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence

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11 Foolproof Recipes That Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence

Keep these easy recipes in your back pocket and whip 'em out when you want to feel like Ina Garten. From a crispy yet juicy whole roast chicken to creamy potatoes au gratin to decadent chocolate mousse, these foolproof recipes are so easy to master that you'll be stocking up on fancy cookware like Staub cocottes and Demeyere pans to keep your kitchenware on par with your cooking skills.

Keep these easy recipes in your back pocket and whip 'em out when you want to feel like Ina Garten. From a crispy yet juicy whole roast chicken to creamy potatoes au gratin to decadent chocolate mousse, these foolproof recipes are so easy to master that you'll be stocking up on fancy cookware like Staub cocottes and Demeyere pans to keep your kitchenware on par with your cooking skills.

1. Whole Roast Chicken

11 Foolproof Recipes That Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence

Anthony Bourdain put it best in his new cookbook Appetites, "The ability to properly prepare a moist yet thoroughly cooked bird, with nicely crisp skin, should be a hallmark of good citizenry—an obligation to your fellow man." Make Tony proud and master the technique with this foolproof recipe.

Anthony Bourdain put it best in his new cookbook Appetites, "The ability to properly prepare a moist yet thoroughly cooked bird, with nicely crisp skin, should be a hallmark of good citizenry—an obligation to your fellow man." Make Tony proud and master the technique with this foolproof recipe.

2. Potatoes Au Gratin

11 Foolproof Recipes That Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence

While this dish sounds French and fancy, it's deceivingly simple. If you can slice a potato, trust us, you can easily make potatoes au gratin. Just follow our easy, no-fail recipe, and thank us later.

While this dish sounds French and fancy, it's deceivingly simple. If you can slice a potato, trust us, you can easily make potatoes au gratin. Just follow our easy, no-fail recipe, and thank us later.

3. Homemade Bread

11 Foolproof Recipes That Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence

This simple homemade bread recipe swaps yeast for beer, so you don't even have to make a special trip to the grocery store. And the best part? You don't have to wait for the dough to rise before you toss it in the oven.

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This simple homemade bread recipe swaps yeast for beer, so you don't even have to make a special trip to the grocery store. And the best part? You don't have to wait for the dough to rise before you toss it in the oven.

4. Whole Wheat Shrimp Pesto Pasta

11 Foolproof Recipes That Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence

If you make this whole wheat shrimp pesto pasta meal, we guarantee you'll feel like Ina Garten. Yes, it requires making your own pesto, but it's really not as intimidating as it sounds. In fact, you can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.

If you make this whole wheat shrimp pesto pasta meal, we guarantee you'll feel like Ina Garten. Yes, it requires making your own pesto, but it's really not as intimidating as it sounds. In fact, you can have dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.

5. Juicy Pork Chops

11 Foolproof Recipes That Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence

Making juicy pork chops is arguably one of the most elusive kitchen tasks. With these two genius tricks, you'll never serve dry pork chops again. So, go ahead, break out of that chicken rut.

Credit: Jackie Dodd

Making juicy pork chops is arguably one of the most elusive kitchen tasks. With these two genius tricks, you'll never serve dry pork chops again. So, go ahead, break out of that chicken rut.

6. Grilled Cauliflower

11 Foolproof Recipes That Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence

Rather than buying a bagful of cauliflowers florets, pick up a whole head of and cut thick cauliflower steaks to toss on the grill. Serve this simple veggie dish alongside juicy pork chops or as a main dish served over a bed of quinoa or the grain of your choice.

Credit: Jackie Dodd

Rather than buying a bagful of cauliflowers florets, pick up a whole head of and cut thick cauliflower steaks to toss on the grill. Serve this simple veggie dish alongside juicy pork chops or as a main dish served over a bed of quinoa or the grain of your choice.

7. Taco Salad

11 Foolproof Recipes That Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence

Having a go-to salad in your recipe repertoire makes throwing together a last-minute weeknight dinner so much easier. This taco salad recipe is so good (and so easy), you'll want to make it every week. Be sure to stock up on salsa.

Having a go-to salad in your recipe repertoire makes throwing together a last-minute weeknight dinner so much easier. This taco salad recipe is so good (and so easy), you'll want to make it every week. Be sure to stock up on salsa.

8. Soup (From Scratch!)

11 Foolproof Recipes That Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence

Yes, from scratch. It's worth the extra effort to put leftovers from that homemade whole roast chicken or from that store-bought rotisserie bird to good use. Believe us, this homemade soup recipe is way better than anything you'll find in the canned soup aisle.

Yes, from scratch. It's worth the extra effort to put leftovers from that homemade whole roast chicken or from that store-bought rotisserie bird to good use. Believe us, this homemade soup recipe is way better than anything you'll find in the canned soup aisle.

9. Chicken Pot Pie

11 Foolproof Recipes That Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence

Another great way to put chicken leftovers to good use, this chicken pot pie recipe is an easy make-ahead meal to prepare on Sunday that'll feed you for the rest of the week.

Credit: Jackie Dodd

Another great way to put chicken leftovers to good use, this chicken pot pie recipe is an easy make-ahead meal to prepare on Sunday that'll feed you for the rest of the week.

10. Chocolate Mousse

11 Foolproof Recipes That Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence

With this super simple chocolate mousse recipe you can easily whip up an impressive-looking dessert with minimal effort. This versatile dessert is perfect for celebrating special occasions like anniversaries and holidays yet simple enough to make if you want to indulge in dessert on a weekday.

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With this super simple chocolate mousse recipe you can easily whip up an impressive-looking dessert with minimal effort. This versatile dessert is perfect for celebrating special occasions like anniversaries and holidays yet simple enough to make if you want to indulge in dessert on a weekday.

11. Negroni Cocktail

11 Foolproof Recipes That Will Boost Your Kitchen Confidence

It's always a good idea to have a go-to cocktail recipe in your back pocket. This three-ingredient cocktail is a surefire crowd-pleaser that looks fancy without being fussy.

It's always a good idea to have a go-to cocktail recipe in your back pocket. This three-ingredient cocktail is a surefire crowd-pleaser that looks fancy without being fussy.

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