a nicely stocked kitchen

If I had the following list of items in my kitchen at all times, I would be a very happy girl….er, woman. I don’t.  I try, really I do.  But, it seems like I’m always out of one thing or another.  So, this is by no means a what-you-should-have-at-your-fingertips-at-all-times kind of list. I just want to give you a general idea of some things that are very nice to have on hand, which then makes your cooking experience that much more pleasant.

I left out the fresh stuff because that depends on what’s in season. So, let’s just say that we all know it’s also nice to have fresh herbs and vegetables on hand, whenever possible.

Here’s the list:

Canned Goods
garbanzo beans
red kidney beans
white northern beans or cannellini beans
black olives
sweet peas
crushed tomatoes
diced tomatoes
tomato sauce
tomato paste
tuna in oil
water chestnuts
chicken broth

Pasta and Rice
spaghetti, white or whole wheat
mostaciolli or penne, white or whole wheat
elbow macaroni (or any small pasta for soup)
egg noodles
rice, white and brown

Dried Beans and Peas
split green peas
white navy beans
lentils, brown and red

Baking
all-purpose flour
white granulated sugar
brown sugar
baking powder
baking soda
dry active yeast
vanilla extract
honey
cornmeal
cornstarch

Dried Spices
oregano
garlic powder
whole peppercorns, for grinding
cumin
cayenne
red pepper flakes
cinnamon
ground nutmeg
whole nutmeg
fennel seeds
tumeric
ground ginger
paprika
whole bay leaves
herbs de provence
curry
chili powder
chicken bouillon
table salt, coarse Kosher salt, sea salt

Oils
extra-virgin olive oil (the best one you can afford)
olive oil, for cooking
vegetable oil
canola oil

Freezer
boneless, skinless chicken breasts
ground turkey
bacon
pork chops or steaks (what you like)
fresh herbs (such as,  basil, parsley, thyme and rosemary)
fresh ginger
chopped spinach (pre-packaged)
edamame

Vinegar and Sauces
balsamic vinegar, white and dark
worcestershire
hot sauce (your favorite)
soy sauce
ketchup

Miscellaneous
eggs
milk
butter, unsalted
cream cheese
mayonnaise
mustard, your favorite
dijon mustard
a hunk of fresh pecorino romano
a hunk of fresh parmigiano-reggiano
sour cream
potatoes
onions
fresh garlic
lemons
pinenuts
green olives
capers

And of course, peanut butter.

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