It’s been a while since I’ve done a Top 5 post and giveaways are super fun… so here we go!
Today I’m giving you MY top 5 most essential cooking ingredients. If I have at least a couple of these 5 ingredients on hand I can use just about any other group of main ingredients to make up a decent meal.
In random order…
#5 – Garlic
I’ve found most people either LOVE garlic or could live without it quite happily. I LOVE it. It can add a great bite to a dish when used raw or if you roast it the natural sugars caramelize and make it into a sweet aromatic bite of wonderfulness. Plus!! It’s amazingly good for you. If you feel a cold coming on chop up a raw clove and swallow it down! I do!
I heart garlic.
#4 – Onion
Onion is so versatile. It can also add bite or sweetness when caramelized. It can add crunchy texture. If you use red onions you can add great color. It’s a cheap and healthy way to add flavor and bulk to almost any dish.
#3 – Salt & Pepper
Technically they are 2 ingredients but rarely do I ever use one without the other. The right amount of these two seasonings can make or break a dish. You MUST always check your seasonings when cooking. If seasoned properly there’s no need for salt and pepper at the table…
#2 – Fat
#1 – Imagination
So… wasn’t sure how to take a picture of this but this is maybe the most important! Hear me out!! I know not everyone shares my unconditional love of cooking but I think that is due, in part, to lack of imagination in the kitchen. It’s easy to pass on a recipe if you don’t have all the ingredients or you don’t really care for one of the ingredients.
This is going to get deep so hold on now… How good are we at imaging better ways our family members could conduct themselves, imaging better ways the government could do things, imaging better ways fellow drivers on the road drive, imaging better ways our neighbors could contain their garbage, imagining better ways our friends could dress??
We are full of opinions and imaging ways we’d do things different/better than others. I’d like to challenge you to take that focus off of the people in your life and focus it on the food in your life 🙂 Think of your favorite restaurant dishes. How would you make them differently? Think of the frozen dinners you buy. How could you make them using ingredients you have on hand? Think of what food sounds good right now. How can you make that happen in your kitchen tonight?
Use your imagination!!! OK… sermon over… 🙂
Now that I’ve given you a stern talkin’ to… I will buy back your admiration with a giveaway!
Have you heard of BlueQ?? I’m a huge fan! They make insanely adorable bags out of recycled materials. They are brightly colored and just plain fun. I’m giving this one away! It’s a large tote and can be used to go to the farmer’s market, the grocery store, the pool… wherever you need to go. It’s waterproof too!
Here’s one side…
OK, now to win you have to submit to my challenge of using your imagination. Leave a comment telling me about a recipe/dish you are going to make changing at least one characteristic/ingredient to make it your own creation. Making stir fry with red peppers instead of orange peppers for example… DOESN’T count! Get creative!!
Entries will be accepted until midnight Saturday night! Get your thinking caps on and GO COOK!!!!!