Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Fresh From the Pantry

Things to keep on hand, according to Giada De Laurentiis (Everyday Italian)

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Fresh Garlic
Red Pepper Flakes-If they've been in your pantry for more than six months or their color isn't a vibrant red, throw the bottle away and buy a new one.
An assortment of dried pasta shapes (spaghetti, linguine, penne, shells, farfalle, etc)
Canned Cannellini Beans-these are also known as Tuscan white beans
Canned Italian tuna-choose meat packed in olive oil, it has more flavor
Marinara sauce
Dried herbs-oregano, rosemary, thyme, and herbes de Provence
Vinegars-a good balsamic for salads, and both red and white-wine vinegars.
Onions-red, Spanish, and sweet such as Vidalia, and shallots
Capers-they add zing to salads, sauces, meats and fish. If using the ones in brine (as opposed to salted), make sure to rinse before using.

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