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Ten Brainy Tips: What Every Fast & Frugal Cook Should Have on Hand and Why?

1- Butter is the best fat with multiple uses: sauteing, searing and as a catalyst for sauces.
2- Heavy cream is the perfect finishing ingredient to create any sauce for meat or fish, pasta or vegetable side.
3- Garlic, shallots or onions are staples that will enhance all dishes you want to prepare.
4- Fresh Herbs that are either fresh from the garden or fresh dried are a must: rosemary, mint and oregano are simply the best for any dish.
5- Wine, white and reds are great for cooking, reducing, seasoning and serving with dinner.
6- Eggs, when you have eggs in the refrigerator, you always have the makings of a meal. Cook them boiled, poached, baked, scrambled, or as a soufflé, fried or in an omelet.
7- Cheeses which can be shredded, grated, and melted to make any meal more special.
8- Potatoes are great to have on hand and considered a healthy vegetable; boiled, baked, or roasted, whipped or even as pancakes provide an excellent hearty side dish to any meat or fish.
9- Tomatoes are a healthy accompaniment to many dishes and used in many sauces/salads.
10- Pasta and Rice are the best and simplest sides to have on hand in the pantry.



*the top ten food tips have also been recommended by chef Eric Damidot

 Note ~ Olive oil in the Italian pantry is a given!

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