When I'm invited into a friend or neighbor's home, I always notice that the books and knicknacks tell much about their owner's personality and preferences. Of course my favorite room is the kitchen, and that's where you really see how people live and what they are about.
On the theory that I should let others look into my life if I want to look into theirs, I'm taking you on a tour of my pantry. Rather than just aimlessly wandering though, I decided to figure out which pantry items are essential to the meals that I regularly prepare. Initially I tried to limit myself to 10 items, but ended up with 15. This list does not include my favorite herbs or spices (covered earlier) or refrigerated items, which I’ll cover soon in a separate post. Several of the listed essentials are categories rather than single ingredients, but the list still gives you a sense for unrefrigerated ingredients I keep on hand for routine cooking and baking.
My 15 Pantry Essentials