Thursday, September 9, 2010

Must haves for my kitchen

1. Clean Kitchen! (yes - it is possible, although sometimes it would seem that Hell would have to freeze over first)
2.  Food Processor (any size, but be aware that if you need to make a lot of the staples, then a smaller processor would consume more time)
3. Calendar (to plan IN ADVANCE what meals you will be eating for the week)
4. Crock pot (the "short on time" cook knows the value of this!)
5. Bread Maker (to make healthier pizza crust, rolls, etc.)
6. Easy access to a computer or cookbook (for recipes)
7. Tupperware and Freezer Bags (to store staples and basics either on the shelf or in the freezer for a later date)
8. Of course, all of the mixing spoons, measuring spoons and cups, and other devices as called for in the recipes (I will try and stick to the basics)
9. Anything else that I may prefer to use, or other items as required in the recipe

1. Flour (white AND wheat)
2. Sugar (white AND brown)
3. Worchestershire sauce
4. Salt AND Pepper
5. Chicken Breasts (Boneless and skinless)
6. Pam (or some other kind of cooking spray)
7. Vinegar (Apple Cider Vinegar, regular white vinegar, white/red wine vinegar, rice vinegar, etc.)
8. Wheat Germ
9. Nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc.)
10. Chicken/vegetable/beef stock
11. Cream of "anything" soup (you can usually substitute ANY kind of Cream of _____ soup in a recipe)
12. Spices (For sure you need Italian spices; I also like crushed red pepper flakes, cinnamon, Nutmeg, etc.)
13. Ground Beef/Chicken/Turkey (I usually use ground turkey, but you can use whatever you like)
14. Butter AND Olive Oil (I try and use Olive Oil whenever possible)


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