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Old 12-15-2007, 09:45 AM   #41
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Salt/Pepper..., Garlic/Onions,... Olive Oil/butter... Sugar/Eggs...flour/meal
These are indeed essential to almost everything I cook. My houselhold menu is so varried, that I don't have a prayer in stocking everything I could hope to make. The only real change is that I need a very low caloric sweetener if I want sweet things. Though it isn't ideal, Splenda works for me as I don't have access to stevia.

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Old 12-15-2007, 01:35 PM   #42
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Hi Goodweed of the North

I live in the UK and Stevia is not on sale here, but I very successful order it on-line, from America, I never had any problems with the custom, it is usually send in a very discreet package ,with no indication of any kind
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:10 AM   #43
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Personally,

Home made Sauce
Protein of some sort
light wine or Sake
appropriate vinegar for kick
spice of choice for the dish

Its all relative to the dish/es one plans on making. There would be more but those are 5 very basic items to go with the "5" formula.
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:13 AM   #44
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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
Can you recommend a good aged balsamic? I'm doing a nice big spring mix salad for the fam tonight or tomorrow. Thanks!!
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Old 12-16-2007, 08:48 AM   #45
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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!???
I agree
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:05 AM   #46
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I agree
I hear your point but its not so much what you use as it is how you use it. I don't doubt IC could turn out amazing food on a budget. Its all about personal preferences not the price tag associated with.
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Old 12-16-2007, 09:12 AM   #47
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I would recognize a serious home cook if, like me, his/her kitchen had food items like:

- Shallots
- Wine for cooking
- Finishing sea salt
- Home-made stocks
- Peppermill for freshly ground pepper

and (5 items are not enough!)

- Basic ingredients without which one can't be a serious cook:
---- good butter and oils
---- whole garlic
---- onions
- Blocks of cheese (no pre-grated cheeses please!)
- Exotic ingredients like truffle oil, saffron, real paprika, etc.
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Old 12-16-2007, 10:30 AM   #48
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ive added truffle oil to my shopping list as well as fresh saffron
i do make my own stocks and confit so i'm ahead of the game there and i do invest the time to make pasta sauces from scratch, i appreciate the flavors far more than the jar type. hmmm ... i'm not as clueless as i thought lol yay me!!
thanks y'all, this is priceless information and you are all being very generous with it :)
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butter
eggs
salt
pepper
milk
flour
cinnamon
been thinking about this one, I would like to shorten my list to 4

a garden
goats
salt
pepper
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Can you recommend a good aged balsamic? I'm doing a nice big spring mix salad for the fam tonight or tomorrow. Thanks!!
Campari or Aceto brands are good. Lapiana or Fattoria are pretty good if you can't find the first two. Try and get at least 12 year aged, or 15 if you can find it.
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