From the store to the kitchen to the table: The Basics outline the steps that get you from raw ingredients to your dinner tonight, free of complicated techniques. It’s a method you’ll remember and whip out whenever you like. It is the most basic way to make the thing you’re making.

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  • • a medium frying pan
  • • a rubber spatula
  • • six large eggs, at room temperature
  • • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • • 1 tablespoon finely chopped herbs like chives, parsley, or tarragon (optional)

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