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May 12, 2009 02:23 PM

What mustn't you run out of?

For me, it's limes. I love Southeast Asian cuisine and caipirinhas.

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  1. chilies. I grow them year round, and I'd go crazy if I ran out. I use them in pretty much every dish I make

    1. Mustard, lettuce and canned tuna. Wasabi's always a plus.

      1. Good crusty bread, a hunk of some flavorful cheese, Spanish or Portuguese dry sausage, cornichons, olives. As long as I have these, I am always good to go.

        1. Olive oil. We're leaving for our primary home in about ten days and I'm trying to make the last bit last so I won't have to buy more. But I doubt I'll make it. And, yes, cheeses.

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          1. Oh good grief... the list is endless.

            I must not run out of:
            Tellecherry peppercorns
            Kosher & sea salt
            Dried and fresh chilies of every description & heat level
            Smoked Spanish Paprika
            Home made Creole seasoning
            Home dried thyme, oregano, basil, sage, tarragon, mint
            Red wine vinegar
            Sherry vinegar
            Rice vinegar
            Toasted sesame oil
            Peanut oil
            Fresh ginger
            Tinned anchovies
            Tinned Albacore tuna
            Tinned Spanish sardines
            Onions: red, white, sweet
            Carrots, bell peppers, celery
            Dried pasta: Linguine, spaghetti, angel hair, fettucine, Big Rigatoni
            Tinned Kitchen Ready Pastene tomatoes.... Ever... thank goodness for carton sales
            Oat meal
            Coarse corn meal
            TJ's organic ketsup
            TJ's Mayo
            Lo Sodium Tamari

            Oh gosh, there's more, but I'm too embarrassed to list it all.....

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            1. re: Gio

              What's so special about TJ's mayo? I am asking honestly (not being snarky). Just curious because I can't live w/o my Hellmann's.

              1. re: lynnlato

                TJ's mayo tastes exactly like Hellman's, which we were slaves to, but it's less expensive. Plus... it's organic!

                Lynnlato: I would never suspect you of being snarky.

                1. re: Gio

                  I'm not being snarky either, but I find that TJ's mayo is absolutely nothing compared to Best Foods (Hellmans') . Just another opinion.

                  I tried it once, because I am a TJ shopper and usually like their products. The mayo was not as terrible as Kraft's, but it did not in any way compare to Best Foods (IMO)

                  1. re: Gio

                    Ha! Well, thanks Gio, I'll have to give TJ's a try. I love a good bargain. :)

                2. re: Gio

                  OK, since almost everyone went to town with a list instead of one ingredient, I have to add some from your list to mine:

                  toasted sesame oil
                  rice vinegar

                  ... but practically speaking, Diet Coke, Lavazza gold espresso and whole goat milk are my real mustn't run out ofs.

                  1. re: Gio

                    Gio, what no Grappa on the list?

                    1. re: Passadumkeg

                      There's a bottle in the pantry as I type, Passa. It's not something I can't live without, tho.

                    2. re: Gio

                      I absolutely hate to run out of anything. I start to panic when I only have 1 jar of mayo in the pantry. Fortunately, I have a large pantry. I cleaned out my cupboard with baking supplies and found 17 bags of nuts. It really is a sickness.