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My Kitchen Staples

A look into what is in my pantry and fridge.

I spent many years with a bare fridge with just a few items to get by. I traveled the world and would grocery shop almost daily picking up what I needed for that day or the weekend. Now that I am home 100% of the time, my whole strategy for groceries and food has changed. My love language is a well-stocked fridge with fruits and vegetables. I order out maybe once a week for Mediterranean or sushi. I cook every other meal at home and I love it. You can always see my recipe list here if you are looking for inspiration on what to cook.

My Kitchen Staples

Fruits

Strawberries

Raspberries

Pineapple

Avocado

All the stone fruits come Summer.

strawberries, egg, peanut butter, and banana for Kitchen Staples

Vegetables

Kale

Spinach

Cucumbers

Tomatoes

Carrots

Always a mixed greens/arugula to make a fresh salad.

Jalapeño

Garlic

Onions Red/White

onion, garlic, and lemon as kitchen staples

Milks

Almond Milk

Whole Milk ( I keep a small container just in case I need it for recipes)

Cheeses

Brie

Cabot Wickedly Habanero Cheese (it’s SPICY) and so good!

Gruyere (from either Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods)

Feta (from either Trader Joe’s or The Middle Eastern Market)

Parmesan

brie, wine, cheese as kitchen stapes

Olives

Olives get their own category because yes, I love them so much. There are always olives in the fridge and a back up in the pantry. I love them in salads and to snack on.

Kalamata

Cerignola

Meats

Salmon and Chicken Breasts

kitchen staples include onion, tomatoes, and pepper

Baking Staples

Flour

Whole Wheat Flour

Powdered Sugar

Brown Sugar

White Sugar

Baking Powder/Baking Soda

Dark Chocolate Chips (these are my favorite)

Pantry Ingredients

Pasta

Orzo

Angel Hair

Spaghetti

Penne

I have been trying a few whole wheat pastas some I like betters than others but I don’t have a favorite brand. For pasta I usually do Barilla

pasta and nuts on the counter

I love storing my nuts, baking supplies, fruits, and vegetables in these Rubbermaid containers. I have a whole drawer of them.

Spices

Vanilla/ Vanilla Bean Paste

Sea Salt

Cinnamon

Oregano

Bay Leaf

Oils/Vinegars

Rice Vinegar

Balsamic Vinegar

Red Wine Vinegar

Dijon Mustard

Olive Oil (My favorite is from my friends in Capri)

Sesame Oil

oils and vinegars on a counter

Nuts

Walnuts

Almonds

Cashews

Pine Nuts

different types of nuts

Potatoes

Sweet potatoes

Yukon or Russet Potatoes

Where I Shop

I like to support locals as much as I can. My neighborhood Plum Market, Middle Eastern Market, Whole Foods, and Green City Market

P.S. You can see more of my favorite kitchen items here!

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  1. As usual, your “favorites” are very much in sync with mine. I didn’t mind eating every meal in my kitchen at the beginning of”home arrest”, but now can’t wait to get out. Tonight we’re going to En Passat, new on Diversey and byob until he gets license.
    My pantry, which I insisted be oversized was what really mattered the last year. I have always liked shopping in bulk and most things have done well. No spoilage.
    I am going to make your chips. Already do a spicy salsa.
    And I’m probably going for some of the really cute espadrilles.
    Green Acres, my favorite vender, has apparently retired. If you’ve been to a Paul Kahan restaurant, you’ve had their stuff.
    Thanks for all the Paris info. I love it.
    .

    • Hi Patti!

      Please keep me posted on the new spot on Diversey. I would love to know how it is.

      Bulk shopping is something I have mastered this year and I have a backup of all my favorite things just in case.

      xo
      Rebecca