We are almost at the two week mark of the #HappyKitchenProject! Are your kitchens feeling happier yet?! Our hope with this project was that it would be fun, but also give you some practical information that you can use right away. I’ve received several comments and messages about how much people are enjoying it and even some requests on what people would like to see and have questions about as it relates to their own kitchens. So we’re thrilled about that, and want to continue to bring it.
If you missed anything from days one through ten, you can check them out here. Let’s keep the party going shall we?
On day nine, I shared how to cook from your pantry. One of my most favorite tips from that post was to do what works for your family. Your pantry won’t look like mine, and my pantry doesn’t look like my sister’s. Everyone is different. Today, this is the second part of pantry cooking and I’m going to help you stock your pantry so you can have something to use those good ‘ol tips on. **As I shared in Wednesday’s post, my “pantry” are my family’s staple ingredients, not just dry goods.**
The Basic Pantry
Potatoes (Keep separate from onions. They will cause each other to spoil.)
Winter Squash (seasonal)
Frozen Fruit (for smoothies)
Vinegars (sherry, balsamic, white, apple cider)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Stock (chicken, vegetable, beef)
Long Grain White Rice
I buy meats/proteins depending on what’s on sale. Chicken breasts, and a pack of ground turkey are the only meats I keep all of the time. I try my best to buy produce in season, so what I keep varies. It saves me money, and gives my family the freshest flavors.
In Pantry Cooking 101, I mentioned cooking to your tastes. In my basic pantry, are…the basics, but there are certain flavors my family loves that I try to keep on hand too. For instance, we love Jamaican food, and we LOVE Asian food. So in addition to my basic pantry, I have ingredients to make meals with those flavors whenever I want.
I also bake frequently so I have baking staples I keep:
Active Dry Yeast
Assorted Chocolate Chips
Sugars (brown, granulated, powdered)
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Flours (cake, all-purpose, bread)
If you want to personalize your pantry, here are some ideas to give it some flavor! It’s like having your favorite restaurant in your home.
Couscous, Chickpeas, Garlic, Cumin, Allspice, Coriander, Cloves, Cinnamon, Dates, Raisins
Garlic, Ginger, Hoisin Sauce, Citrus, Rice, Oyster Sauce, Peanuts, Sesame Oil, Soy Sauce, Rice Wine Vinegar, Chicken Stock, Star Anise, Wasabi, Ponzu Sauce, Fish Sauce, Chinese Five Spice Powder, Mirin, Miso, Coconut Milk, Curry, Turmeric, Lemon Grass, Noodles
Beans, Chili Powder, Cinnamon, Corn, Cumin, Garlic, Onions, Rice, Chile Peppers, Saffron, Tortillas
Allspice, Cinnamon, Coconut Milk, Curry Powder, Scotch Bonnet Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Ginger, Nutmeg, Beans, Rice, Plantains
Cayenne, celery, onion, bell peppers, canned tomatoes, stocks, rice, marjoram, okra, paprika, bay leaves, chicken stock, chayote squash, sweet potatoes, scallions, Worcestershire, olive oil, flour, butter, filé powder, Tabasco, cane syrup, thyme, oregano, brown sugar
Lentils, ghee, ginger, mustard seed, pistachios, basmati rice, saffron, tumeric, curries, potatoes, cinnamon, cloves, coconut, garlic, coriander, cardamom, cilantro, allspice, chile peppers, cumin
Tomatoes, thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano, balsamic vinegar, polenta, pine nuts, marjoram, hazelnuts, pancetta, prosciutto, cheeses (mozzarella, ricotta, pecorino, parmesan), arborio rice (risotto), pizza sauce, pasta, olive oil, anchovies, basil, capers, jarred artichokes, garlic, honey, olives, beans
Spinach, rice, olive oil, yogurt, tomatoes, oregano, mint, cinnamon, grape leaves, phyllo dough, honey, nuts, feta, kalamata olives, eggplant, basil, dill, lemon, garlic
This is by no means a comprehensive list, but it should be enough to get you started, and maybe even inspire you to try out some new cuisines! A happy kitchen pushes you to explore your culinary creativity, and when its properly stocked that’s not hard to do.
Tomorrow, we are back with Brooke and Tina of Designer’s Collective. Be sure to follow the #HappyKitchenProject on social media so you don’t miss any of the fun. Tag us in your #HappyKitchenProject photos @chewsylovers @designerscollective_! We would love to see them!
What are you favorite flavors to eat or cook with?
Stock it like its hot,