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35 Absolutely Essential Recipes You Should Know Before You Turn 35

Everyday healthy meals, quick and easy snacks, decadent treats—learn to make these essential recipes and you'll be equipped for any occasion.

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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). Plus, check out these breakfast-for-dinner recipes.

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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. You can also use eggs to make these recipes that aren't for breakfast.

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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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Fudge Nut Brownies

"There's no brownie recipe or mix I've ever tried that's better than this! And it's so easy—you can mix it in one bowl in just a few minutes. My husband's grandmother passed the recipe on; now our son makes these brownies for after-school snacks." —Becky Albright, Norwalk, Ohio  

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Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

"We love the perfect blend of sweet and citrus in this refreshing smoothie. It's so easy to throw together, I often find myself making one for breakfast or a midday snack." — Jamie King, Duluth, Minnesota. Before you start cooking, make sure you know about these cooking mistakes that could ruin your food.

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Blueberry Muffins

"For a wonderful addition to your brunch menu, try these delicious muffins. The applesauce adds another layer of flavor which will have your guests trying to figure out what that taste is." —Katrina Shaner, Stronghurst, Illinois

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Hard-Boiled Eggs

Our home economists share this recipe for hard-cooked eggs that can be eaten plain or used in various recipes.

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Big & Buttery Chocolate Chip Cookies

"My version of the classic cookie is based on a recipe from a bakery in California called Hungry Bear. It's big, thick and chewy—perfect for dunking." —Irene Yeh, Mequon, Wisconsin

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Early 20s

Time to master the basics, like sauces and grains, plus easy everyday healthy recipes, like this garlic lovers' chicken. These brilliant kitchen shortcuts will help you cook faster.

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Roasted Tomato Soup with Fresh Basil

"Roasting really brings out the flavor of the tomatoes in this wonderful soup. It has a slightly chunky texture that indicates it's fresh and homemade." —Marie Forte, Raritan, New Jersey  

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