10 Dishes To Master in Your Twenties

With my 29th birthday just around the corner, it looks like I have a few things on this list that I still need to master! I actually started off pretty weak in the cooking game thanks to living in college dorms for a couple of years and then an NYC apartment with a super tiny kitchen for a few years after that. But when I moved to Connecticut, I started to flex my cooking muscles and surprisingly did okay. I don’t love cooking like some people do and I like to follow very, very precise instructions… but I can find my way around a kitchen now!

10 Dishes To Master in Your Twenties

Guest Post by Louisa from Living Lou

Now that I’m halfway through my twenties, I’m finding myself making a few of the same dishes over and over again. These are dishes that I’ve perfected and when it comes down to it, it’s more about the techniques behind the recipes than the recipes themselves, but these are the dishes that I’ve used to perfect and practice the techniques.



I make a huge batch of chili quite a few times throughout the fall and winter. It’s one of my favorite comfort foods and it freezes really well. I’m always so thankful to pull some out of the freezer during a busy week.

  1. 2. Roasted Chicken

This will be a dish you make your entire life. It’s the perfect Sunday lunch for your family, and also one of the most budget-friendly meat dishes out there. A whole chicken is much more affordable than separate cuts.

  1. 3. A really good grilled cheese

You might love the classic American grilled cheese (I do too!), but I think everyone needs one fancy grilled cheese up their sleeves. It’s elevated comfort food.

  1. 4. A really simple tomato sauce

Homemade tomato sauce is without a doubt 100% worth it. My recipe takes just 20 minutes and will blow your mind.

5. Fluffy buttermilk pancakes

Sometimes you just need really good pancakes for breakfast (or dinner).

  1. 6. Perfectly cooked roasted fish

Learning how to cook fish properly make take a few tries, but once you master it you’ll never worry about overcooking fish again. This is a recipe for trout, but it’s the same for salmon.

  1. 7. Risotto

Looking to impress someone special? Risotto, always.

  1. 8. Tofu stir-fry

I guarantee you’ll have a day when you say “I think I’m going to eat less meat,” and then you’ll buy a block of tofu and have no idea what to do with it. This stir-fry is your answer.

  1. 9. An easy, creamy soup

For those nights when you don’t really feel like cooking.

  1. 10. Pulled pork

It’s a crowd favorite–bring this to a potluck (summer or winter!) and you will always be invited back.

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