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Nov 13, 2013 07:25 PM

Kitchen staples you have now....that you didn't grow up with

Was throwing together a dinner tonight with whatever I could find in the kitchen. Used cilantro, capers & sriracha to make salmon cakes. These are three ingredients that our house always has on hand....we always make sure we have them....but had never even heard of them growing up. What are your must have on hand staples that you didn't have in the house growing up?

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  1. dried porcinis. sriracha. red wine (we had it at home but not for cooking purposes). fresh herbs, like rosemary, thyme, sage and marjoram. I also use my barbecue grill a lot more than my family at home ever did, and i LOVE it.

    1. Sriracha, Tabasco, balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, Dijon mustard, olives, jalapeƱos, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes . . . basically my mom didn't (and still doesn't) like most strong flavors so they were nowhere to be found in our kitchen.

        1. re: flavrmeistr

          Flav....that made me laugh. But I hope ice was a staple in your house.

          1. re: cb1

            Well, if you consider freezer permafrost "ice", then I suppose...

        2. Fresh garlic, curry paste, sriracha, balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, rice wine vinegar, fresh ginger - I always have these on hand and certainly never saw them in my mom's kitchen! It's funny to me that even these "staples" have evolved in my kitchen as my cooking has evolved

          1. Red and green New Mexico chiles, corn and flour tortillas. They are now my mainstay!