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Photo by ChicagoCookie84-Anita

Cooking Level: Intermediate

Home Town: Chicago, Illinois, USA
ChicagoCookie84-Anita is looking for: (4 recommendations)
My step son is moving out in a week !!!! As happy as I am, I wanna put together a chef cabinet for him . He loves to cook and is starting from nothing.......I wanna get him a going away gift with the basics .... What are some of the basis in your cabinets (ie spices, vinegars, oils, etc.)

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Last updated: Apr. 24, 2013 8:04 am
Posted: Apr. 24, 2013 12:33 am
Commented by: FebruaryRN
Apr. 24, 2013 2:09 am
WOW, I am so excited, I never get to be the first one who posts! So here goes Salt & peper mill, w/ peppercorns, kosher salt, for spices, allspice, parsley, oregano, basil, chili powder, cinnamin, Vanilla, in the pantry, canned tomatoes, soups, Bar B que sauce, chicken & beef stock, pasta, coffee,bread crumbs, paper products, paper plates, dishwashing soap, sponges, tissues, laundry detergent, soap, Peanut butter & jelly,sugar, rice, mac & cheese, zip loc bags, and of course his favorite recipes from mom!
Apr. 24, 2013 3:55 am
Garlic powder, garlic salt, lemon pepper, olive oil, red wine vinegar, rosemary, thyme ...
Apr. 24, 2013 4:13 am
Here's a good article on the site.
Apr. 24, 2013 4:14 am
Lots of good info there.
Apr. 24, 2013 4:58 am
Also cumin, onion powder, celery salt, dry mustard, cayenne and crushed red pepper. Soy sauce and worcestshire sauce.
Apr. 24, 2013 5:21 am
Onion powder, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, cumin, chilli powder, sage,salt and pepper are a must for herbs. For spices, cinnamon, allspice and cloves are nice to have. Don't forget to think about starter pots of herbs that he might grow inside!
Apr. 24, 2013 5:23 am
Good morning; agree with the above but add condesned cream soups, dry soups, dry lentils, and for cooking wooden spoons, spatchal (excuse spelling), potato masher, garlic press, slotted spoon, peeler
Apr. 24, 2013 5:53 am
This is an article for basic pantry staples.
Lucky Noodles
Apr. 24, 2013 5:53 am
Balsamic vinegar, Sherry, Marsala wine. I like sueb's rec for fresh herb starters and FebRN's rec for your fav recipes.
Commented by: Thisni Caza
Apr. 24, 2013 5:53 am
Do you have the tiny containers of Tone's spices in your area? I love to buy those. They might be more expensive by the ounce but they are reasonably prices (about $1, on sale) and are still a good purchase for spices you don't use that much or that you want to try for a certain recipe. And they would be good starters!
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Natural Fruit and Veggie Wash

Submitted by: sarah 
Home Town: Chaska, Minnesota, USA
Living In: Prior Lake, Minnesota, USA
Helps to clean those fruits and veggies better than ever - and it's a lot less expensive than those commercial produce washes. 
Recommended by: Lucky Noodles
Apr. 24, 2013 6:00 am
He'll want to clean his veggies before he cooks them. Cooking spray is another thought. How about a nice list of subs, a list of how to get out stains, list of homemade cleaners and what to use them on to go with your recipes.
Lucky Noodles
Apr. 24, 2013 6:03 am
Flour, sugar, confectioners sugar, brown suger.
Commented by: Volleyballmom
Apr. 24, 2013 6:12 am
Definitely EVOO and balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, honey, chili powder, brown sugar. Have you thought of making him a couple of spice blends to use for steak or chicken seasoning? Emeril's essence is very nice, as is his herbs de provence.
Judy in Delaware
Apr. 24, 2013 7:50 am
How about a really nice spice rack? Even though there might not be top-notch spices included, he can replace them as they're used. And he won't have a bunch of bottles in the pantry loose and ALWAYS falling over!
PAMELA D. aPROpos of nothing
Apr. 24, 2013 7:59 am
I was thinking exactly like Judy. Spice rack should have all the essentials. If you have a store that has bulk spices let him know where to buy the refills. I prefer that way, you don't have to but a lot of something you only use a few times a year. Or he can refill online from Spice Sage etc.
PAMELA D. aPROpos of nothing
Apr. 24, 2013 8:04 am
For peeps moving into a new apt I used to give a big basket with ketchup, mustard, vinegars, salt pepper, W sauce, relish, fridge basics etc and a bucket with a mop, broom, Comet, etc.
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