In This Chapter
Getting the essential dried goods, herbs, spices, and canned and bottled goods
Adding condiments and baking ingredients to your cupboard
Finding out what you need in your refrigerator and freezer
Selecting and storing vegetables, fruits, meats, and fish
You could probably survive for quite some time on a diet of peanut butter, canned tuna, and saltines, but eventually you’d get bored (and you might get scurvy). When you’ve got interesting ingredients in your pantry, you can always whip up a satisfying meal. Shopping thoughtfully not only cuts down on trips to the market but also saves you money — those 8 p.m. dashes to 7-Eleven for grated cheese add up. When you don’t have time to make it to the market, what’s for dinner often depends on the ingredients you have in the fridge and cupboard.
Add some vegetables and meat to a can of chicken broth for soup or to pasta or rice for a quick and delicious dinner. Add a salad, some bread, and a glass of good wine, followed by cheese and fruit for dessert, and ...