Monday, June 21, 2010

Stock Your Kitchen: Absolute Staples

The very basics (keep well and used frequently):


1. Salted Butter (lasts longer than unsalted)
2. Olive oil
3. Sesame Oil

1. Soy sauce (a more sophisticated saltiness)
2. Teriyaki sauce (I like Kikkoman®, Roasted Garlic)
3. Red wine and/or balsamic and/or apple cider vinegars

Dry Goods
1. Light brown sugar
2. Granulated sugar
3. All-purpose flour


1. Rice
2. Dried pasta
3. Cous Cous (cooks in just 5 minutes)

1. Salt
2. Black Pepper
3. Mrs. Dash®
4. Ground Cinnamon
5. Fresh garlic

Other good ideas
1. Eggs
2. Frozen mixed vegetables (fresh are much better in both flavor and nutrition, but are more expensive and keep poorly)
3. Frozen meat, poultry and fish
4. Milk
5. Half and Half
6. Parmesan cheese
7. Quality bread (Choose the kind baked at the store over prepackaged, ideally free of cornsyrup and preservatives. Keep it in the fridge for a longer shelf life.)

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