Many of the recipes here are from Cook's Illustrated, the folks behind America's Test Kitchen. If you get bit by the cooking bug, Recovery Dad highly recommends their online cooking school as a cheap, fun way to become a great cook. They'll take you from the basics (boiling water and using a knife) all the way through delicious home-cooked fried chicken and deep-dish apple pie.

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Breakfast can be a great time to get the day off on the right foot. Some of these recipes may seem pretty fancy, but they're all easy to make. Have fun coming up with your own variations!


Breakfast Bread Pudding

Buttermilk Pancakes (which can also turn into waffles)


Sourdough Pancakes


Good food that can be packed for school.


Turkey (or Ham) and Cheese Sandwich


Fun, tasty, and easy.


Crack Salad (An addictive vacation from "high density" foods.)

Fettuccine Alfredo

Fluffy Mashed Potatoes

Salade Lyonnaise


These desserts can be fun to make together, and are fun to eat. Many can be packed with school lunches, too.


Big, Chewy Oatmeal Cookies

Blueberry Boy Bait

Creme Brulee

Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ultimate Banana Bread


Some really easy-to-make treats that are nice to have around or serve with other foods.


Blueberry Steak Sauce (A fun, easy way to dress up a steak.)

Mayonnaise (Once you make it yourself there's no going back.)

Creme Fraiche (Sounds fancy. Probably the simplest recipe ever.)

Bourbon Whipped Cream (seriously!)