Cooking is one of those things that I’m just getting better at and relish the next steps that often make ‘whipping up’ something fast seem easier. I remember early on when recipes would call for this or that and I’d rarely have it. Trips to the grocery store were expensive and confusing, trying to pick up each little spice and herb that the dish called for.
Somewhere a long the line I fell into a spot where I was actually prepared. I had a well stocked pantry and when I’d read through a recipe I had most of the stuff on hand and would only have to pick up the fresh meats and produce.
You don’t have to start off stocked to the brim with everything, but here are a few staples that I always have on hand, and have made cooking up something tasty on weeknights easier to tastier.
You might be thinking that I’m missing this or that – there are a couple of things not shown that I usually stock (milk, canned tomatoes, cannelloni beans, parmesan cheese), but for the most part these items are the base of every meal I make.
If I don’t have taco seasoning, I mix cayenne, cumin, and S&P. For a quick creamy sauce, I use tempered eggs. If I need a good topping for some sliced bread I smash up garlic cloves with coarse salt and mix with olive oil. If I need a quick and delish weeknight meal, I sauté red pepper flakes and garlic in olive oil then mix with some pasta, canned crushed tomatoes and sprinkle with parmesan.
I find that I don’t need a lot when I get creative and let my taste buds do the work.
I hope this is helpful for all of you aspiring cooks! Have a prepped pantry doesn’t happen overnight, but your trip there can be delicious and enjoyable with these staples!
Have a TASTY Wednesday!
Photos: 1. Bodie and Fou | 2. House of Earnest