Welcome to “The Best Recipes on the Internet,” a home-cooking series where we ask experts to sift through the endless recipes available online and tell us which ones really work. Running point on the project is Cara Eisenpress, a passionate home cook and author of In The Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes From Our Year of Cooking in the Real World

As summer progresses towards Independence Day, we start to crave the classic dishes of our broad and varied culinary nation. For both regional favorites and the recognizable stalwarts of American cuisine, we want not just any old recipe, but the perfect method for making peach pie, fried chicken, and fall-off-the-bone ribs. The founding fathers’ “city on a hill” becomes the kitchen on a hill with these exceptional recipes.

For this collection, we queried food lovers whose tastes veer from the classic Southern taste for biscuits made with lard to those whose affections lie with newer American trends, like kale salad and new-school mash-ups (like potato skins transformed into mac and cheese).

Rather than risk gummy apple pie or fall victim to an overly complicated potato salad you Googled at the last minute, use this as your one-stop shop for the essentials of American cooking—and the best recipes for whipping them up, chosen by the following experts:

Gaby Dalkin, blogger at What’s Gaby Cooking and author of Absolutely Avocados
Will Levitt, director of LongHouse Food Revival, a series of annual gatherings of food thought leaders across the United States
Heidi Larsen, creator of the online food magazine and blog FoodieCrush.com
Olivia Rae James, Charleston-based food and lifestyle photographer
Georgia Pellegrini, chef, writer, and author of Girl Hunter (georgiapellegrini.com)
Cara Eisenpress, home cook; editor at Big Girls, Small Kitchen; and First We Feast contributor