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Old 12-13-2007, 06:03 PM   #1
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What are 5 food items no serious cook should be without???

be it cheeses or dry storage items, what would you be lost without?

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Old 12-13-2007, 06:10 PM   #2
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For me, the first two things that immediately came to mind were garlic and onions, followed by dry pasta of all types, assorted stocks/broths, and olive oil.
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:29 PM   #3
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I agree with Katie's list. I always have all those items in the pantry. I'd add tomato/tomato sauce too, we seem to use a lot of it.
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:45 PM   #4
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salt
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sugar
butter
eggs
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Old 12-13-2007, 06:54 PM   #5
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Salt/Pepper..., Garlic/Onions,... Olive Oil/butter... Sugar/Eggs...flour/meal
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Old 12-13-2007, 07:54 PM   #6
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Worcestershire sauce
Garlic
potatoes
cheddar cheese
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:04 PM   #7
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I would have to answer with oil(s), flour, eggs, salt and sweetener. Would you agree that most everything else could easily be substituted with something comparable? Or at least it would encourage some creativity...
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:42 PM   #8
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It would depend on the cuisine I cook.

If I cook Thai, I'd want kaffir lime leaves, ginger, lemon grass, red curry paste and cilantro

If I cook Italian, I'd want tomato, basil, oregano, etc

If I cook Mexican, I'd want beans, chiles, cilantro, masa...

You get the picture.
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Old 12-13-2007, 08:50 PM   #9
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It would depend on the cuisine I cook.

If I cook Thai, I'd want kaffir lime leaves, ginger, lemon grass, red curry paste and cilantro

If I cook Italian, I'd want tomato, basil, oregano, etc

If I cook Mexican, I'd want beans, chiles, cilantro, masa...

You get the picture.
For me, Andy, yours is an "ideal" world. I don't have access to most of the ingredients you listed. Sadly, I have to use what is readily available to me, which is what drove my list.

Living rural is a challenge to say the least. I get creative and, on occasion, have to "settle for" less than wonderful ingredients.
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Old 12-13-2007, 09:20 PM   #10
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I'm with Katie and Uncle Bob... I pretty much thought the same thing Katie did and then looked at UB's list and said "OH YEA!!!"
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