This past weekend I was e-mailed a couple of questions that I will take this time to answer today.
Question: What are your favorite items/ingredients to use in the kitchen?
This list could go on and on, but I will limit myself to only sharing 3 items with you today.
#1-Cast Iron Skillet…I LOVE this item!! I probably use it every single day because it makes the best food (layers of seasoning) and it is so easy to clean it up afterwards. You can cook with this skillet on the stove top or throw it in the oven for baking. The even better thing about a cast-iron skillet is that if you are interested in purchasing one, then chances are you will be able to find one very reasonably priced ($15-$20) and pre-seasoned. I have even seen them practically being given away at thrift stores such as Goodwill stores and local garage sales.
#2-Nutmeg…I use this spice in anything from pancakes and coffee…to cakes, soups, and stews. It is my favorite spice and I prefer the powder/ground form, but also use the whole nut form (freshly grated) at times as well. I will let you in on a little secret…are you ready? I put a pinch of cinnamon and nutmeg in my chili to give it a uniquely rich flavor.
#3-Salt…I regularly use salt in my cooking and baking for flavor. I use sea salt, kosher salt, or regular table salt depending on my mood and what flavor profile I am trying to reach.
Question: What are your staple items that you keep in the kitchen?
Hmmm…this could also be another really long list, but I will keep it to the items that I always have in my kitchen no matter what…flour (all purpose and self-rising), sugar, brown sugar, butter, bread crumbs, chicken stock, vanilla extract, oil, cream of chicken soup, shredded cheese, salt, pepper, nutmeg, eggs, and milk.