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I have been cooking my way through life for over 50 years, beginning with mud pies as a child. I've turned a corner now and feel a Renaissance in my life. Recipes and Random Thoughts is my personal spin in a blog about how to prepare good food and how it prepares you for life. I want to share with you, honest to goodness food punctuated with perspective from the special memories and moments that have marked my journey.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Is Your Kitchen Prepared for 2013?

Every January I clean out my refrigerator, freezer, pantry and spice cabinet.  I discard the out- of- date and make sure I'm stocked with my "basics".  I tried paring this down to 10 in each department so they meet the  bare minimum of my "be prepared" kitchen theme. I try to keep fresh items in the frig and "go to" in the pantry and freezer.  It's hard to pick 10, but this is a good start and I think you can whip up a pretty good meal with these things on hand.

Refrigerator:              Freezer:                                                 Spice:
 -eggs                         -ice cream (or other frozen dessert)      -kosher salt
-unsalted butter          -homemade stock                                  -black pepper corns
-onions                       -essence from roast chicken                  -paprika
-garlic                         -grated cheese                                       -cinnamon
-flat leaf parsley         -frozen pastry dough                             -curry powder
-lemons                       -frozen peas                                          -dry mustard
-fresh thyme               -frozen fruit                                           -dried oregano
-Dijon mustard            -fresh bread crumbs                              -chili powder
-parmesan                    chopped spinach                                  -crushed red pepper flakes
-diced pancetta            -chopped nuts                                       -vanilla
Pantry:                                        The Extras:
-whole canned tomatoes             -cream sherry
-tomato sauce                              -Grand Marnier
-olive oil                                       -Kalhua
-red wine vinegar
-commercial chicken stock
-Worstershire sauce
-soy sauce

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