Today we are starting a new series on our blog thanks to a suggestions from an avid reader and dear friend, Kristin.
She suggested we start a “how-to guide” to the basics of cooking.
That got me thinking.
Here it is: Domesticity 101.
A guide to all the essentials and basics around the house and kitchen to help you out.
I am not an expert, just another woman trying to figure life out and make it the day-to-day tasks as simple as possible – and that’s what I will be sharing here.
We are kicking off the series with Pantry Essentials. This week it’s Herbs & Spices, next week is Oils, Sauces & Marinades, followed by Baking…with many more ideas brewing!
Do you have a question that you want answered?
If so, please leave a comment or email me and ask the question and I will try and answer it.
Pantry Essentials: Herbs & Spices
Firstly, I have to admit that these ingredients are all here because Captain America is the king of herbs and spices. He knows just the right combination of herbs and spices to make any dish delicious. He has taught me so much about seasonings since we have been married, and now I am a total convert.
There are a lot of herbs and spices in our pantry, but all of them are used all the time. They are reasonably inexpensive based on the usage and well worth the initial purchase price for the taste enhancement they bring to your recipes.
There are various ways of buying them cheaper: buying in bulk at Costco or Sam’s Club offers many of the basics at much cheaper prices, if you have a space big enough to store them. Most regular grocery stores have the others and they are often on sale, so wait for a sale and stock up then!
Here is the list:
Sea Salt (in a grinder as it makes larger chunks which works better in certain recipes)
Regular table salt
Crushed Red Pepper/Red Pepper Flakes
Ground Mustard Powder
Ground Black Pepper
Good Seasons Italian All Natural Salad Dressing & Recipe Mix – we use this as a key ingredient in our Italian Balsamic Dressing
Gourmet Garden Fresh Herbs – I use these ALL the time. I have a selection of them in the fridge. I really like them as it is a great way of having fresh herbs in the fridge without having to buy large bunches as most recipes only require a small amount. They last around 2 months after opening and taste just as good as fresh herbs.