OK, kids, it’s time to hit Chef Doug’s boot camp for culinary dropouts. First lesson: Here are the items to always have handy in your pantry or fridge.
1. Large bottle rice wine vinegar
Rice wine vinegar is a key ingredient in a number of flavorful salad dressings and sauces. Try these tasty (and easy) sauce recipes.
2. Apricot jam
Whether you're topping a cracker for a quick snack or using it to flavor your entree, you'll be glad to have a jar of jam on hand.
3. Sea salt
In addition to flavoring your food, sea salt can also be used to create your own flavored salts. Check out these easy and tasty flavored salt recipes.
4. Dijon mustard
Make sure the dijon mustard that you choose is of good quality!
5. Lemon juice
Here are our top 20 uses for lemons and lemon juice!
6. Fresh herbs
Basil, cilantro, chive, dill, green onion... Pick these up on a regular basis, or make yourself a small herb garden that sits on your windowsill.
There's all kinds of fun flavored honeys these days. Over my years of travels, I've been caught indulging at various honey shacks with a red t-shirt that say's "POOH" on the front. I'm not ashamed to admit that I love honey. Orange blossom and clover are typically my favorites.
8. Fresh garlic
Follow this simple technique for roasting garlic:
9. Extra-virgin olive oil
Stock up on vegetable and grapeseed oils, as well.
10. Pasta and noodles
Make it a fun mix: Orzo, ramen, soba, bowtie, etc. With these 10 simple staples, you can hang with me on our culinary adventure.
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