I’ve found that if I have the following ingredients I can make a dish or dessert on the fly no matter what fresh fruit and vegetables I have sitting around. So my suggestion to you is: stock up your pantry and refrigerator. It makes cooking dinner (and even an easy dessert) a simple task.
Here’s my go-to list:
Extra virgin olive oil
Chicken stock (I make it fresh and keep it frozen)
Fish stock (ditto)
Wine, both red + white
Mustard (great to add to homemade salad dressings and sauces)
Spices, so many, from Herbs de Provence to saffron to Chinese 5-spice
Quinoa + rice
Flour, whole wheat, unbleached all-purpose and cake flour
Milk + cream
Chocolate, especially Sharffen Berger
Vanilla, particularly Nielson-Massey
With this list the amount of dishes and sweets you can make are endless, depending on what fresh items you have around the house. So I’d love to know: what are some of your favorite items that you like to keep stocked? Let me know in the comments below.