We take a break from our not-so-regularly scheduled programming to bring you…
Julie Andrews and the Von Trapp children?
Well not exactly. They have, however, inspired me to root through my pantry and share a few of my favorite things. Even if the dog doesn’t bite, and the bee doesn’t sting, it still does some good to dig around in what you have and think about why you love it so much.
So without further ado (to you and you and you!) I give you a few of my favorite pantry things:
because it’s an essential, can’t-live-with-out-it item. and it’s been around for a really, really long time. it’s got major bragging rights as far as kitchen essentials go.
because it’s always good to have nuts in your pantry, and the pistachio is what i like to call, the fancy nut. That’s right, cause it’s fancy.
because sometimes you need a quick wasabi fix. just add water and let sit. there’s nothing like that excruciating burn through your nostrils as your life flashes before your eyes.
because it’s always good to have bread crumbs on hand, and panko is my all time fav. it’s an unbeatable texture. thank you japan.
because they pack a real punch and add a delicious kick to all manner of dishes. my favorite go-to for chili flakes is tossed with shrimp, garlic, and cracked black pepper, tossed on a grill. sound ridiculously simple? it is. that’s the beauty of chili flakes.
smoked sweet paprika
because it is my actual favorite. this is my desert island spice. the spice of my life. the only spice for me… ok well i use other spices. lots of them. but if i could only have one? i choose smoked paprika.
because really, i love all salt. but big grains of sea salt are amazing, and a total pantry must-have. where would we be without salt? i shudder to think of it. plus, i’ve actually been to camargue! so, that’s fun. and random.
because olives rock. it’s an addiction i’ve had since childhood. i can’t even talk about how much i love olives. not right now. another time.
red curry paste
because thai curry (of any color) should be available to you at any moment for consumption. it’s as simple as that.
because coconut milk must be added to thai curry and slurped hungrily from a gigantic bowl. (no spoon necessary.) i realize there isn’t a strong presence of coconut milk on the blog, but i’ll be straight with you. it’s 4 bucks a can. i cannot afford to take opening that can lightly. but it’s in my pantry, and when i do, you’ll know about it.
because i don’t have maple syrup. if i did, i would list it here. i’ll take whatever real maple flavor i can get. these flakes are yummy sprinkled over vanilla ice cream. or sprinkled in your mouth.
ras el hanout
because of chef richard blais. does that seem weird? it’s not.
because when you’re craving a steak au poivre, it’s a heck of a lot easier to find the steak.
herbes de provence
because it’s the perfect blend of dried spices and it smells like provence. really, it does.
because you should always be ready to celebrate! why is this a pantry item and not something to be stored in the fridge? simple: if it’s already chilled you’ll crack it open for any old reason. if it’s collecting dust in the pantry, you’ll put it on ice for a really good reason. (true story. note the dust on mine.)
because a movie night is incomplete without this pantry staple. i love buttery popcorn, but this stuff is so good it’s fabulous just sprinkled with salt. albeit, lots of salt. plus it’s an excuse to eat out of a bucket. love that.
If I could I would go on to list dozens of other items I love, but those are a few of my top picks. They all taste good to do-re-mi! (oh I went there.)
So tell me, what are some of your pantry must-haves?