Kirk Castro

Eats

Brief articles on how to step up your cooking game

Learn How to Make a Few Dishes Really Well...

 

Growing up,

your mom probably had a few things that she made every week. Whether it was spaghetti and red sauce from a can, or one of my childhood favorites was chicken and rice (because it was basically eating butter. We would always smother our rice in butter), these staples are the weeknight menu workhorses.

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Having a couple bangers up your sleeve that you learn to cook really well can serve so many purposes. In addition to a weeknight workhorse, you can serve these staples to guests, make it for a support meal to someone in need, or a good ol' family meal.

Not only mastering the flavors and your adjustments in a recipe (for example using more garlic here, and some extra sun-dried tomatoes there), you will become quicker at preparing these meals. Often, you wont even need to reference the recipe, create a shopping list, or clearly understand each stage. It will all come naturally.

Here is a list of my top staples that I turn to time and time again.

  • Spaghetti Carbonara
  • Ribeye Steak
  • Rice (killer rice serves as a great base for many proteins and veggies)
  • Ragu
  • Potatoes (Again, a starch for your proteins and veggies)
  • Fibrous veggies like Asparagus, Broccolini (Throw these, potatoes, and steak together... fuggedaboudit)
  • A Basic Burrito Template
  • Breakfast Burritos
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These are all super easy, and I have made them multiple times for guests to their enjoyment. These are just my staples, and I encourage you to find your favorite meals and cook them often until you don't need a recipe. It's a great feeling.

 
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