Saturday, March 20, 2010

Kitchen Essentials

Every week before I head to the grocery store, I take stock of my supplies.  There are certain items that I cannot live without, and generally form the basis of most of my culinary undertakings.  While everyone has their own list of items they can’t cook without, there are some items that I believe everyone should have on their list.
These are my kitchen essentials:
  • Good Parmigiano Reggiano or Pecorino Romano cheese (a block, please don’t by that fake crumbly stuff!)
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Penne or Rotini and spaghetti (I think these are the most versatile pastas)
  • Garlic
  • Vidalia or Yellow onion
  • Canned diced tomatoes
  • Herbs: Basil, Oregano, Bay Leaves, Red Pepper Flakes, Sea Salt, Parsley
  • Pinto beans
  • Chicken stock
  • Dry White Wine (I prefer Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc)
What are your kitchen must haves?


  1. Excellent basics list! I never have chicken stock when I need it.

  2. I have to comment that this post just got me in trouble in class, because I was reading it and got called on and, obviously, was clueless about anything that wasn't found in a pantry.

    Love it :)