It may seem counterintuitive, but sometimes the less effort you invest in something, the better it is. In those instances, all it really takes to achieve true potential -- in cooking, as well as in life -- is time. Found in every culinary tradition, one-pot recipes gently draw out the fullness of ingredients, coaxing them to mingle and meld while simmering unattended. They require little expertise, eliminate cooktop juggling, and keep cleanup to a minimum. And they do all that without compromising flavor, leaving plenty of time to tend to life's other challenges.