August 1, 2014

Essential ingredients

Your pantry should have the essentials plus some strategic specials.  Always be prepared and you can do anything.
Feel free to add more items and let us know what they are.

Spices

  • Kosher salt
  • Black peppercorns (whole) for grinding
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Herbs de Provence
  • Bay leaf (whole)
  • Basil flakes
  • Cumin (ground)
  • Oregano (ground)
  • Coriander (ground)
  • Chinese 5 spice (ground)
  • Cinnamon (ground)
  • Nutmeg (ground)
  • Clove (ground)
  • Allspice (ground)
  • Paprika (ground)
  • Smoked paprika (ground)
  • Fennel (ground)

Baking

  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Confectioners sugar
  • Flour (all purpose)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Dutch cocoa powder
  • Corn starch
  • Dark chocolate (bar)
  • Walnuts or Pecans (shelled)
  • Raisins
  • Dry cranberries

Pantry

  • Chicken stock
  • Beef stock
  • Bread crumbs (not seasoned)
  • White rice
  • Brown rice (optional)
  • Basmati rice (optional)
  • Pasta (3 types)
  • Chickpeas (can)
  • Red beans (can)
  • Black bean (can)
  • Cannellini beans (can)
  • Crushed tomatoes (can)
  • Tuna fish

Jars and bottles

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Vegetable oil
  • Soy sauce
  • Red wine vinegar
  • White vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Assorted hot sauces
  • Worstershire sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • Honey
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Anchovies (jar, pack in oil)
  • Capers (larger the better)

Special ingredients

  • Molden’s flaky sea salt
  • Star anise (whole or pieces)
  • Cinnamon (whole)
  • Cloves (whole)
  • Black/white sesame seeds
  • Truffle oil (white or black)
  • Risotto (best you can find)
  • Sherry vinegar
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Vin santo (sweet Italian wine)
  • Sweet vermouth
  • Amaretto