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Best-Stocked Kitchen — Making Creation Easy Part 1

Best-Stocked Kitchen — Making Creation Easy Part 1

Your top/ best-stocked kitchen is and will always make not only your job in the kitchen manageable but also even more importantly – still make creating easy.
Some people say “a well-stocked kitchen” —- yes, that is what it is — but if you’re just starting out that process, it may take a little longer than like, some people — getting to that point in one swoop.

Let me tell you how I first started out at my first apartment in Boston. The store I was directed to was in Shrewsbury Massachusetts — Spaggs… Spaggs was in today’s equivalent to a Dollar Store. I went absolutely crazy. Of course what I didn’t realize at the time was that the money that I saved purchasing all of my items I, clearly, wasted in gas. I bought every pot, pan, utensils, dish, glass, cup, silver, dry storage and groceries I could carry for almost $200.00. As much as I hate telling you that that was about a hundred years ago — it was.

Today, $200.00 won’t get you, as we all know, very far. So, what I am going to do is give you the basics in a two-part blog, just so as not to bore you to death. Today’s will be the primary and essential food list. A list that you should aim for over the first month or two of purchasing.

So, if you take this list that I’m about to give you, add or subtract and work it any way that fits your lifestyle, I promise you that it will make your cooking experience, whether for family, friends, breakfast, lunch, dinner, party — your weekly Big Sundaydinner gathering or just for yourself, an enjoyable, creative time. There is nothing worse than rummaging around, looking for items that are not already at your disposal – or that isn’t making your experience quick, fast and fun.

I always remember the “kitchen” living experience in my Big Italian family. My mother, father and all aunts and uncles would stillmakeeveryday cooking and eating the center of me and my sibling’s lives. We had many wonderful, loving times filled with laughter, dancing, singing and , yes – those times of the classic Italian life, everyone yelling, screaming and crying — but each and every day, night, holiday and party always ended with hugs, lots of kisses and always Amore – Love.

Let’s start with spices:If you are not or you are on a budget, keep in mind that with a good selection of spices, you can make any meal taste incredible and delicious with ease.

HERBS AND SPICES:

GRANULATED GARLIC POWDER
CINNAMON STICKS
GROUND CINNAMON
GROUND CLOVES
GROUND GINGER
OREGANO
ROSEMARY
SWEET BASIL
ITALIAN SEASONING
THYME
NUTMEG
BAY LEAVES
CAJUN SEASONING
CAYENNE PEPPER
CHILI POWDER
CRUSHED RED PEPPER
CURRY POWDER
TURMERIC
CUMIN
DILL SEED

REFRIGERATOR BASICS:

MILK, YOGURT, BUTTER, CHEESES OF CHOICE, PARMESAN WEDGE, EGGS, CREAM

PRODUCE BASICS:

CARROTS, CELERY, AVOCADO, TOMATOES, POTATOES, ONIONS, GARLIC, LEMONS, LIMES,(YOUR FAVORITE FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES)

FREEZER BASICS:

GROUND BEEF OR TURKEY, ITALIAN SAUSAGE (SWEET OR HOT), WHOLE CHICKEN OR CHICKEN BREAST, WINGS AND DRUMSTICKS, BACON, ICE CREAM, YOUR FAVORITE FROZEN VEGETABLES AND FRUITS

CONDIMENT BASICS:

JELLY, JAM, MAYONNAISE, KETCHUP, MUSTARD, RELISH, HORSERADISH, PICKLES, HOT SAUCE, WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE, SOY SAUCE

KITCHEN PANTRY STAPLES:

FINE SALT, KOSHER SALT, BLACK PEPPER, WHITE PEPPER, PEPPERCORNS, VEGETABLE OIL, BLENDED OIL, EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL, RED WINE VINEGAR, BALSAMIC VINEGAR, APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, RED AND WHITE COOKING WINE, COOKING SHERRY, ALL PURPOSE FLOUR, BAKING POWDER, COCOA POWDER, BAKING SODA, CHOCOLATE CHIPS OR BAR, EVAPORATED MILK, VANILLA EXTRACT, GRANULATED SUGAR, CONFECTIONERS SUGAR, LITE BROWN SUGAR, DARK BROWN SUGAR, HONEY, MAPLE SYRUP

COFFEE AND TEA

YOUR FAVORITE CEREALS AND SNACKS, PEANUT BUTTER, JELLIES, APPLESAUCE, NUTELLA

RICE/GRAINS AND POTATOES:

WHITE RICE, BROWN RICE, COUSCOUS, QUINOA, ASSORTED pasta, POLENTA, PLAIN AND SEASONED BREADCRUMBS, PANKO, CHOICE OF POTATOES

CANNED GOODS:

CHICKEN STOCK, BEEF STOCK, CANNELLINI BEANS, NAVY BEANS, CHICKPEAS, SPLIT PEAS, LENTILS, OLIVES, CAPERS, SALSA, TOMATO SAUCE, TOMATO PASTE, ROASTED PEPPERS, TUNA, ANCHOVY

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