When it comes to cooking I am always experimenting with interesting, fun ingredients. But, no matter what I am cooking, there are always a few staples I have at my side. These are the things I have with me all the time when I stirring and stewing in the kitchen. I simply cant live without them. They are basic, I know, but there might be a few ideas here in case you are looking for the missing ingredient in your kitchen!
1. Kosher salt: Kosher salt is a stronger, more natural salt than typical table salt. A little sprinkle can bring out so much flavor in everything from soups to baked goods to meats. I am never, ever without it!
2. Olive oil: Olive oil is my favorite thing to cook with. A little drizzle is all I need for softening onions, browning meats or even frying eggs. I buy it by it in big bottles at Trader Joes!
3. Balsamic Vinegar & Red Wine Vinegars: Balsamic vinegar is divine in all kinds of sauces and stews. Red wine vinegar is essential for de-glazing pans and making delicious salad dressings.
4. Mustard: A little dash of mustard is my favorite thing to add to salad dressings, marinades and sauces. I cant tell you how much delicious flavor it adds, without any added calories.
5. Light Brown Sugar: Even when cooking savory dishes, light brown sugar cuts acid in tomato dishes, adds a balance to vegetables like sweet potatoes or butternut squash, and adds a nice natural sweetness to salad dressings. It is worth always having a bag on hand!
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