Basics

First off, let me just say, working in the kitchen is fun!  But it can also be messy, and it is easy to make mistakes!  Baking and cooking is science – chemistry to be exact! Be aware of your measurements and ingredients, missing one little detail can throw your whole recipe off. Don’t be afraid to make a mess, you can always clean it up.  Cooking and baking can be treated as an experiment in which we learn from our mistakes and try again until we have perfected our formula.  Have fun with it, make personal adjustments and adaptations, and let your bellies and taste-buds smile!  It’s like being an undergrad: you can mess up on your midterm(a new recipe), but always do better on the final(make that recipe again!), try again next quarter, or change your major to something easier(forget that awful recipe all together)!

 

Things I always keep in my kitchen

For baking:

  • all purpose flour
  • whole wheat flour
  • cocoa powder
  • sugar: white, light brown, dark brown
  • vanilla extract
  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • eggs
  • salted and unsalted butter
  • cinnamon
  • cupcake wrappers

For cooking:

  • olive oil
  • garlic
  • wine
  • chicken broth
  • onions
  • pasta
  • diced tomatoes
  • rice
  • black beans
  • sour cream
  • chicken
  • cholula sauce
  • sriracha sauce
  • peccorino romano cheese
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • seasonal vegetables
Just because they’re wonderful:
  • yogurt. lots of it.
  • bread
  • oatmeal
  • milk chocolate
  • ice cream
  • ketchup
  • balsamic vinaigrette
  • bananas
  • juice
  • cream cheese
  • pop chips
  • seasonal fruits
  • an apron
Hardware
  • pots, all sizes
  • pans, all sizes
  • knife block
  • cookie sheets
  • cupcake sheets
  • loaf and cake pans
  • saran wrap
  • aluminum foil
  • parchment paper
  • mixing bowls
  • measuring cups and spoons

 

Things I always keep in my backpack

  • pens
  • pencils
  • highlighter
  • calculator
  • travel first aid kit
  • bus book guide
  • student id
  • class syllabi
  • textbooks
  • notebooks for note taking
  • and most importantly, snacks

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