Our Staples

We tend to have more staples than this for our kitchen, but we always have these on hand:



Ginger (fresh, in a jar is okay)

Assortment of onions:

  • Green onions/scallions
  • Yellow/cooking
  • Sweet, such as Vidalia
  • Red onion

Jalapeno peppers

Sweet red pepper

Sweet green pepper

A few potatoes



Herbs (fresh or frozen):

  • Cilantro
  • Dill


Heavy (whipping) cream



Sour Cream

Plain yogurt — we prefer Oganic Meadow‘s, or if unavailable, Western Creamery’s

Sharp cheddar cheese

Block of Parmigiano Regiano cheese

Tube of tomato paste

Dijon mustard

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Hoisin sauce

Sesame oil

Oyster sauce

Fish sauce

Real mayonnaise, lower fat

Almonds: sliced and slivered, kept in the freezer

Organic peanut butter


Spices & herbs:

  • Cumin
  • Coriander
  • Whole black peppercorns in a peppermill
  • Sea salt
  • Chili powder
  • Ground red chili powder
  • Crushed chilies
  • Dill
  • Lalah’s hot curry powder
  • Garam Masala
  • Turmeric
  • Oregano, rubbed
  • Thyme leaves
  • Savory leaves
  • Sage, rubbed
  • Tarragon
  • Basil
  • Whole nutmeg (need a microplane or similar)

Canola oil

Variety of whole grain pasta:

  • Macaroni
  • Linguini
  • Fettuccini
  • Etc

Asian Noodles (eg, rice stick; steam fried)

Basmati rice

Parboiled long-grain rice


Baking soda

Baking powder

All purpose flour

Whole-wheat flour

Granulated (white) sugar

Brown (golden) sugar

Liquid honey

Cider vinegar

White vinegar

Wine vinegar

Balsamic vinegar

Rice vinegar

Soy sauce – MSG and hydrolyzed plant protein free!

Panko breadcrumbs, or regular breadcrumbs (whole wheat)


  • Tinned organic chicken broth
  • Tinned organic beef broth
  • Cubes of organic (vegetarian is good): chicken and beef broth

Tuna packed in oil or water – no MSG or hydrolyzed protein added!

Tinned whole Roma tomatoes

Tinned chopped tomatoes

Tinned ground/crushed tomatoes

Tinned black beans

Tinned chick peas/garbanzos

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