Pantry and Spices



  • Potatoes – both russet and sweet potato
  • Onions – regular, cheapest if you buy it by the bag
  • Head of garlic – not in a jar

Beans and Legumes

  • Bags of Lentils
  • Cans of Garbanzo/Cannelini or any white bean
  • Cans of Pinto Beans

Pasta (All Whole Wheat)

  • Spaghetti – good for quick meals
  • Lasagna – good for freeze till later meals
  • Penne – good for saucy meals
  • Rotini – good for pasta salad, I also like tri-color rotini (its made with veggies)

Flour and Baking

  • Whole Wheat Flour
  • Unbleached White Flour – you don’t really want bleach in your food do you?  And I find that not everything is good with whole wheat as the sole flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Molasses
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Nuts – I’m from Hawaii, so I always have macadamia nuts
  • Sugar
  • Dark and Light Brown Sugar
  • Corn Meal


  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil – the best oil for salads and one of the best oils for you
  • Regular Olive Oil or Extra Light Olive Oil – you can’t cook with extra virgin at high temperatures, but with these you can
  • Canola Oil – even though this isn’t one of the better oils, it will make your life easier.  Use it in moderation.  The reason why I don’t have vegetable oil, but canola is because you have no idea what vegetables are being used to make vegetable oil.
  • Sesame – great for Asian cuisine and I use it a lot to spice up some curry


  • Balsamic – makes the best salad dressings with some extra virgin olive oil
  • Apple Cider – adds a great taste to fall meals
  • White or Red Wine – useful, but not necessarily needed
  • Rice Vinegar – if you like Asian food
  • Distilled White Vinegar – great for cleaning.  I don’t really use it for much else.

Spices – this is going to be long.  Just remember that you don’t need to buy this all at once to be successful


  • Whole peppercorns with a grinder – far better than the previously ground crap
  • Sea salt with grinder – far better than table salt
  • Iodized salt – can’t always use sea salt, so you’ll need some of this stuff.  Plus gotta make sure you get some iodine.
  • Cinnamon – if you like it as much as I do, you’ll need a lot, so go to Costco if there is one near you
  • Bay Leaves – a required spice for almost all meat and stew dishes


  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Whole Cloves
  • Ground Cloves
  • Ground Nutmeg
  • Ground Ginger
  • Cream of Tartar


  • Rubbed Sage
  • Basil
  • Rosemary
  • Italian Seasoning – not really needed if you have basil, rosemary, and oregano, because this is just a mix of those things
  • Parsley – don’t really see the point of this.  Fresh parsley at least looks pretty.  Dried doesn’t add much taste, so you can skip it if you’d like.
  • Thyme
  • Oregano


  • Curry Powder
  • Ground Coriander Seed
  • Ground Turmeric
  • Ground Mustard
  • Ground Cumin
  • Ground Cayenne Red Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Chili Powder


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