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jerry i h Apr 24, 2009 08:20 PM

Saw Hell's Kitchen, and there was a great vignette on 5 things every kitchen should have. Problem: that SOB talks so fast, I did not get the whole list. Still, I agree 100%, and here is the list:
*dried pasta
*fresh tomato
*shallots
*extra virgin olive oi
*salt
with these, you can cook almost anything. What are your 5? BTW, what was Ramsey's 5?

  1. FoodFuser May 13, 2009 08:41 PM

    Ramsey is limiting my response with a ceiling of 5. Could I encourage us to lift the limit to 50?

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      easily amused May 13, 2009 08:38 PM

      spinach
      garlic
      rice
      shrimp
      olive oil
      pasta
      Could NOT make a list without Garlic??...with Parmasan as an extra

      1. pikawicca May 13, 2009 08:29 PM

        Obviously, you can't have fresh tomatoes all year round, so your list doesn't work.

        1. chef chicklet Apr 27, 2009 10:06 PM

          chicken
          eggs
          lemon
          soy sauce
          potatoes

          1. lulubelle Apr 27, 2009 07:51 PM

            Personally, I would have to vote in favor of my maid/cook. It's much nicer having a kitchen where someone cleans up after you and does all the boring stuff like washing the veggies and peeling things.

            4 Replies
            1. re: lulubelle
              steve h. Apr 27, 2009 08:02 PM

              lulubelle,
              washing/peeling things, cooking and then cleaning up is one of life's little pleasures. as a guest, i'll gladly wash dishes and swab floors if the cook is good and entertaining. i like to contribute.

              1. re: steve h.
                lulubelle Apr 27, 2009 09:11 PM

                You can come over any time and swab the floors, I am nothing if not entertaining!
                (however, the maid is still going to wash the veggies, where I live, doing it wrong can result in SERIOUS health issues)

                1. re: lulubelle
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                  jeremyn May 13, 2009 07:47 PM

                  Where do you live?

                  1. re: jeremyn
                    lulubelle May 13, 2009 09:19 PM

                    Bangladesh.

            2. t
              thursday Apr 27, 2009 07:14 PM

              Bread
              wine
              olive oil
              sea salt
              garlic

              1. jeniyo Apr 27, 2009 01:22 PM

                salt
                garlic
                olive oil or butter
                eggs
                anchovies

                1. c
                  Claudette Apr 27, 2009 12:52 PM

                  soy sauce
                  kosher salt
                  garlic
                  olive oil
                  chocolate

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: Claudette
                    kubasd Apr 27, 2009 09:20 PM

                    onions, eggs, cholula, spinach, cheese

                    ugh that sounds like one dish.... but it's true

                  2. Sam Fujisaka Apr 27, 2009 11:35 AM

                    rice
                    fish or soy sauce
                    green onions
                    toasted sesame oil
                    chiles
                    limes

                    5 Replies
                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka
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                      snoboardbabe77 Apr 27, 2009 11:50 AM

                      olive oil-full and extra virgin
                      garlic
                      kosher salt and pepper mill
                      cheese
                      pasta

                      1. re: Sam Fujisaka
                        bayoucook Apr 27, 2009 12:16 PM

                        no fair Sam, that's six things!

                        1. re: bayoucook
                          Sam Fujisaka Apr 27, 2009 12:37 PM

                          Good gosh, I can't count! And I can't get rid of one of the six either!

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                            jerry i h May 13, 2009 07:09 PM

                            Ummm, Sam, you are cheating even more. You list:
                            "fish or soy sauce". Nukmam and shoyu certainly are NOT interchangeable. Would you use fish sauce for chicken teriyaki, or shoyu on Vietnamese beef soup??

                            1. re: jerry i h
                              Sam Fujisaka May 13, 2009 08:25 PM

                              I'm a known cheat!! I really did put up seven rather than five items. But I can get by pretty well with one of the other: I'd just have to make either lots of dishes that use nuoc nam OR lots of dishes that use shoyu. I would ever be able to choose one over the other, however.

                      2. j
                        jmullen1251 Apr 27, 2009 11:10 AM

                        i feel so repetitive!
                        pasta
                        olive oil
                        canned tomatoes
                        cannellini beans
                        garlic

                        1. jmckee Apr 27, 2009 10:56 AM

                          Olive Oil
                          Salt
                          Lemons
                          Rice
                          Onions

                          1 Reply
                          1. re: jmckee
                            greygarious Apr 27, 2009 11:06 AM

                            Eggs
                            Bacon
                            Cheese
                            Onion
                            Bread

                          2. bermudagourmetgoddess Apr 27, 2009 10:28 AM

                            Olive Oil
                            Garlic
                            Dried Pasta
                            Canned Tomatoes
                            Kosher Salt

                            1. o
                              opehlia payne Apr 27, 2009 08:29 AM

                              Olive oil
                              sea salt
                              garlic
                              tamari
                              onions

                              1. Phoo_d Apr 27, 2009 08:13 AM

                                Mine would be:

                                Lemon
                                Garlic
                                Salt
                                Pepper
                                Olive Oil

                                Phoo-D
                                http://www.phoo-d.com

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                                  six dower Apr 25, 2009 06:33 AM

                                  olive oil
                                  eggs
                                  sea salt
                                  bread
                                  wine

                                  1. NYchowcook Apr 25, 2009 05:39 AM

                                    Mine would be:
                                    olive oil
                                    garlic
                                    shallots
                                    canned tomatoes
                                    and. . . a dishwasher!

                                    1. bayoucook Apr 25, 2009 05:32 AM

                                      Butter
                                      Eggs
                                      Salt
                                      Pasta
                                      Cheese

                                      1. PamelaD Apr 25, 2009 05:08 AM

                                        the basics...
                                        olive oil
                                        sea salt
                                        garlic
                                        fresh lemons
                                        eggs

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                                          salsailsa Apr 24, 2009 09:45 PM

                                          mine would be

                                          eggs
                                          garlic
                                          onion
                                          flour
                                          butter

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