What are 5 things in your kitchen you would never be caught without? | Cup of Jo

Alex Williams Joanna

Every time I visit my dad in Michigan, I text my sister to laugh about how adorably reliable his closet and refrigerator are. Without fail, he wants hummus, bananas, Sausalito cookies, Bob’s muesli cerealand plain yogurt.

And my mother’s kitchen is similarly predictable: there’s always a big helping of Manchego cheese, a French baguette, garlic, mixed nuts, and sliced ​​smoked salmon (her Jewish husband knows the best kinds).

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Of course people try new recipes or max out of things, but some ingredients stay on the grocery list for years, even decades. What do you find in our Brooklyn apartment? Apples in the fridge (they taste better cold); store-bought pesto for easy dinners; milk and Cheerios (our boys eat SO much!); and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (I’m not an animal).

My sister Lucy‘s list has a few similarities (we must be twins!): “Apples, lemons and limes because that’s what’s in our trees and our neighbors’ trees in California. Feta cheese, which I put on everything. Baby spinach to wilt over what we eat or just put on the side. And my daughter and I love Trader Joe’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups.”

My friend Erin Jang is a great home cook and makes delicious family meals. (She was the genius behind it Trader Joe’s Breakfast Hack.) Her family eats lots of Asian dishes, so her list reads: “Rice (short grain brown and white rice for my rice cooker—my Japanese rice cooker is a significant); soy sauce, sesame oil and rice vinegar, which is a trifecta for so many things (like making quick pickles or other marinades); seaweed paper (which my kids love); kale or baby spinach and frozen pineapple (to stick in smoothies so my kids drink their veggies). Oh, and always kimchee.”

And my friend Caviar loves spice – every time we meet at a restaurant, she pulls her own hot sauce out of her bag! So hot Thai bird chili is at the top of her list. “I can hardly eat a meal without them,” she says. The other four things: “There’s always a pot of cooked beans (black, pinto, garbanzos) in our fridge. Also lemons, ginger and nutritional yeast, which add a cheesy flavor to many things as we avoid dairy.”

These ingredient lists made me want to go to people’s houses, rummage through their cupboards and then stay for dinner! Everything sounds so delicious and idiosyncratic.

What about you? What five things can you always find in your kitchen?

PS What you eat when you are alone at homeand when we asked this question six years ago!

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