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

Taste of HomeBy 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   Get the Recipe for Buttermilk Pancakes

Spinach-Mushroom Scrambled Eggs

Taste of Home"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.   Get this Spinach-Mushroom Scrambled Egg Recipe

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese

Taste of Home"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   If you're looking for something a little fancier, check out these grilled cheese recipes.   Get the Ultimate Grilled Cheese Recipe

Fudge Nut Brownies

Taste of Home"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   Check out these healthier after-school options too.   Get the Fudge Nut Brownie Recipe

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

Taste of Home"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   Feeling adventurous?  Try out this raspberry-beet smoothie.   Get the Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie Recipe

Blueberry Muffins

Taste of Home"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   Get this Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Hard-Boiled Eggs

Taste of HomeOur home economists share this recipe for hard-cooked eggs that can be eaten plain or used in various recipes.   Get this Hard-Boiled Eggs Recipe

Big & Buttery Chocolate Chip Cookies

Taste of Home"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   Get this Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Early 20s

Taste of HomeTime to master the basics, like sauces and grains, plus easy everyday healthy recipes, like this garlic lovers' chicken.   Get the Recipe for Garlic Lover's Chicken

Roasted Tomato Soup with Fresh Basil

Taste of Home"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  When you're not using it for soup, basil can help keep mosquitoes away!      Get this Roasted Tomato Soup Recipe
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