We went into our recipe archives to find dishes you can make with what’s on hand in the cupboard, the fridge, and the freezer. You are about to become an accomplished improvisational cook. As you go, don’t worry if you’re missing an ingredient. Just omit it or make a substitution you think will work. Some of the world’s greatest dishes emerged from make-do circumstances.

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