Hey there! This is a fun new series where I'm going to share cooking/baking/food tips as I learn them. I'm an amateur cook and learn new things every time I step into my kitchen—and my Google search history is mostly dumb cooking questions that I'm too embarrassed to call and ask my mom. So hopefully doing this little series will be mutually beneficial for you, the reader, and me, the clumsy chef.
One thing I've learned in my 15 months of living absolutely alone and learning to cook more than pasta and pancakes is to keep quality ingredients on hand at all times. It makes staying in and messing around in the kitchen a much more attractive option than going out all the time, and it makes it much easier to try something new or make *one more thing* from scratch.
Here's what I always have on hand:
eggs (I go through them faster than a family of 4)
pasta (a variety)
frozen veggies (in those steamer bags)
spices/herbs (stock up on garlic, rosemary, thyme, parsley, basil, dill, etc)
fresh fruit and veggies—whatever's in season
a bottle or four of wine in case of guests (or a rainy day)
What do you always have on hand?