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Old 12-14-2007, 03:03 PM   #31
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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

I find that Offensive to say the least!

I am on a budget and Also a serious home cook (as I suspect many others here are Also).
ya see the Difference is we CAN turn out Excellent food without all that la-de-da fancy rubbish, almost begs the question if the Main users of that overpriced nonsense can do what WE do on a budget and make it so good!???
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Old 12-14-2007, 05:37 PM   #32
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Salt/ Pepper/Olive Oil
Herbs
Onions/ garlic
Stock powder
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:33 PM   #33
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Ok, I gave this some measured thought. And I came up with my five (although my answer might be different tomorrow):

Salt - what can you say?
Garlic - incomparable richness, can make it mellow, can make it in your face.
Lemon juice - buncha ways to impart acidity, and not to diss the various vinegars, but lemon juice has the citrus quality.
Bacon - again, what can you say? Fattiness, with the pork component. Works in salads, soups, and anything else.
Smoked paprika - OK, this one is a bit trendy, but I am totally enamored with it. Easy way to impart a smokiness and depth of flavor without effort. Magnificent.

Those five can generate spectacular results in any dish. HOWEVER, six ingredients would have added the ONION! Cheese of all sorts is next.
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:37 PM   #34
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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 ;)

oops, sorry yt. i didn't see the bottom line in your post.

i always revcert back to basic survival training whenver someone mentions what is essential.

lol, i guess you'd also need a kitchen (shelter), and a heating source (fire).
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:59 AM   #35
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I simply must have an apron!!
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Old 12-15-2007, 05:20 AM   #36
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doesn't that get, umm, kinda drafty, csalt?
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Old 12-15-2007, 06:41 AM   #37
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Old 12-15-2007, 07:43 AM   #38
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As i make a lot of curries, i always need onions and tomato tins, to make my base!

I also would be dead without my spices!

And... pasta and cheese. They save me when theres nothing else to eat.
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Old 12-15-2007, 08:01 AM   #39
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doesn't that get, umm, kinda drafty, csalt?

Ooooh Eeeerrrrr hadn't thought of that!
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Old 12-15-2007, 08:32 AM   #40
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white wine
red wine
fresh cream
Dijon mustard
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