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Cooking Degree: The Meals Every Recent Grad Needs to Know How to Cook

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Some kids go off to college knowing how to braise, truss,  sauté, and simmer. And then there's the rest of us.

The thing is, cooking just isn't that hard. Sure, there are dinners that take hours (or even days) to prepare, but we're not here to talk about those. Today, we're focusing on the basics. These recipes are the simple, must-make meals that everyone (we're looking at you kitchen nubes) can -- and should! -- cook right now. And a special thanks to our facebook followers who offered up their favorite EDF recipes.

Every Week Roast Chicken Sarah Carey declares this recipe a winner and her personal favorite. Stop fearing raw poultry and try this now -- remember to let your bird come to room temperature before popping it in the oven (it will cook more evenly that way).

Smoky Beef Tacos. First dinner party? Make it Mexican-themed and try these super simple Smoky Beef Tacos. Their flavors are layered with richness but won't overpower the margaritas (we suggest this Chili-Citrus version) you serve alongside.

Spicy Orecchiette with Broccoli. Pasta is our go-to weeknight meal and this one delivers major flavor. Kitchen Tip: Always remember to reserve some pasta water for your sauce!

Blueberry-Orange Cornmeal Muffins. Good morning! Got surprise brunch guests? No sweat. Making a quick bread or muffin won't take more than an hour from start to finish (and is always more satisfying than store-bought baked goods).

Potato-Leek Frittata Yes, eggs are a breakfast food. But, sometimes, we call them dinner (or, yep, lunch too!). Forget flipping individual omelets for parties -- which can take some serious skills -- and bake this elegant alternative. Served with a side of peppery greens, this is a light meal you can rely on.

Beer-Braised Sausages with Warm Potato Salad  Nothing fancy here -- just a ridiculously tasty dinner. Braising is an essential cooking skill. Practiced on small foods, like these sausages, it can later be applied to larger (and sometimes scarier) meats and vegetables.

How to Turn Any Summer Fruit into a Crumble This basic dessert formula should be in your culinary arsenal. Choose whatever seasonal fruit looks good to you and change things up throughout the summer.

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