Brianne is the winner of last week's teach-someone-to-cook contest. Drop me an email, Deborah at Antiquity Oaks dot com, with your mailing address and choice of fragrance for your sugar scrub, and I'll get it in the mail to you. Thanks to everyone who shared their comments and stories!
In response to my post about the KFC $10 challenge, my friend Coleen sent me an email with the advice she would give a beginning cook. As soon as I read it, I realized this was the KFC mom's problem. She obviously never cooked at home since she was looking for every little ingredient. And judging by the number of people on the Chowhound blog who agreed that you can't make dinner for less than $10, a lot of people suffer from this same problem -- they have no staples in their kitchen.
So, what are staples? They're the stuff we should all keep in our kitchen, all the time. The minute you run out of it, you should add it to your next shopping list. Here are the things that I make sure I always have in my kitchen: unbleached flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, honey, corn starch, powdered sugar, brown sugar, cocoa, baker's chocolate, soy sauce, oils (sunflower, unrefined sesame, unrefined peanut, olive), butter, rice, pasta, tomato sauce, and of course, a wide variety of spices. As long as I have all of these things in my pantry, I'm never standing around saying that we have nothing to eat. I'm sure I've left out some important items, so what are the things you can't live without in your pantry or refrigerator?