Kitchen Ingredients You Refuse to Do Without
Even though I feel like I’m turning into VH1 lateley, speaking mostly in random & arbitrary lists, I’m posting a list of things I will refuse to do without in my kitchen, i.e. things I will run right out to the store to get if I am out of. All cooks have these & I’d love to hear what your’s are. I’m sure that Shu has her own list but she’s at work right now so I’m not going to bother her. So again in no particular order
Olive oil, I’m Italian so I’m aghast whenever I’m out of this. As my grandma always said: “So long as you have salt, pasta & olive oil in the house you ‘ll never go hungry.”
Salt & pepper,
Sugar or honey,
Onions & garlic,
Mojo marinade, here in Florida it is cheap plentiful & omnipresent, it’s a great replacement for wine in dishes when you’re out, it adds tons of flavor & since the citrus & vinegar content it is great at marinating/tenderizing just about anything it’s become a must in my kitchen.
Some kind of pasta or rice, or even potatoes; while I have my preferences I’m not picky when I’m in a pinch, basically any one starch,
Canned diced tomatoes, great for quick sauces or pasta,
Canned and/or frozen vegetables,
Cumin and/or ”Mrs. Dash (don’t judge me),
cheap ass wine, (though Mojo is more versatile , ideally both)
Stock, either homemade in the freezer or those wonderfully convenient quarts with the close able top,
Those are my BARE MINIMUM seasonings & staples to keep dinner flowing from meal to meal, while there are loads of other ingredients I love & use, these are the ones I feel almost unable to cook without. I almost put eggs & flour on the list but I’m trying to keep it very minimum & while I have often run out to the store to grab them for specific meals, & I really dislike being out of either but can get by… Oh hell, who am I kidding? Add those 2 to the list. So that is what makes me feel like I can take on the empire by myself. How about you?