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Old 12-14-2007, 08:52 AM   #21
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butter
eggs
salt
pepper
milk
flour
cinnamon
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Old 12-14-2007, 08:57 AM   #22
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How's the cracker supply?
Low, heading toward nonexistent.
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Old 12-14-2007, 10:14 AM   #23
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Low, heading toward nonexistent.

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Old 12-14-2007, 10:49 AM   #24
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being in south florida i have access to more than i know how to use but as far as the very exotic items, i have no idea yet how to marry some of those flavors, but soon... soon i'm going to kick butt because im a red head and im stubborn lol... thanks so much everyone, for taking the time to chat some and i'll be adding a few things to my kitchen :)
My list would include;
Garlic
A good pot
A good skillet
A wooden spoon
An imagination

What part of south Florida?
I am in the Lee County area on the west coast.
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:10 AM   #25
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Low, heading toward nonexistent.
Katie, if you plan ahead, you should be able to do very well at sites like igourmet.com or salumeriaitaliana.com or fromage.com or dartagnan.com

There's so much available on line for delivery no matter where you live, especially in the continental US.

The above list is just the tip of the iceberg. I use a lot of mail order for the convenience of not having to run around from store to store, even tho I'm in the "Center of Plentitude!"
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:16 AM   #26
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5 items eh....
well in No particular order:

1, potatoes
2, onions
3, meat of some sort
4, salt
5, a Grain (any as long as it can make a flour)

I assume Water is a given?
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:20 AM   #27
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essentials by category:

oil (evoo, butter, lard)
arromatics (onion garlic celery carrot parsnip grn pepper)
seasonings (salt pepper smoked paprika chili flakes)
liquids (water, stock, wine, beer)
BACON
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Old 12-14-2007, 12:55 PM   #28
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i could only think of one that no one mentioned.

water.
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Old 12-14-2007, 02:29 PM   #29
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I believe I was the 1`st one to mention it, but took it as read that Water was a given as you can get that for free if you know what you`re doing ;)
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Old 12-14-2007, 02:56 PM   #30
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I think that there's a difference here between a serious home cook and just any home cook. Most of the things here listed ANY cook will have, even one that might only cook once a week.

However, if you're a serious home cook, and by serious I mean that you really want to put out great food and not just good to decent food on a budget, then these five are a must have:

Good homemade stocks
Fleur de Sel or some other finishing salt
Truffle Oil
Aged (12+ years) Balsamic vinegar
San Marzano tomatoes
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