Having a well-stocked pantry can mean the difference between drudgery and ecstasy when putting a dish together. And while "well-stocked" can mean many things to many people, there are some pantry items that never (well, hardly ever) leave my kitchen. Why? Because they represent staples in my cooking; ingredients that are in constant rotation, in one form or another, in my cooking repertoire.
Check out my selection of must-haves....and let me know what food staples you find indispensable.
1. Kosher Salt 2. Black Peppercorns 3. Dried Herbs 4. Vinegars5. Canned or Dried Beans 6. Extra-Virgin Olive Oil 7. Dried Pasta 8. Garlic