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What Are 5 Things in Your Kitchen You’d Never Be Caught Without?

5 Things in Your Kitchen You'd Never Be Caught Without

Our friend Stefan is such a stellar home cook that he’s earned the nickname “Chef Stef.” While hanging out recently, as Stef mixed martinis and marinated steaks, we started chatting about the five things in his kitchen he’d never be caught without. As if he’d been preparing for this question his whole life, he instantly rattled them off: a hunk of Parmesan, shallots, a bottle of lemon juice, a little jar of minced garlic and Near East Herbed Chicken Couscous.

Everyone has a mini list, right? It’s such a personal thing, and I’d love to hear yours.

Mine would be a rotisserie chicken, fresh spinach (to make a big salad or wilt with garlic), Dijon mustard (the secret to great grilled cheese), Carr’s water crackers and sharp cheddar cheese. Also, a very crisp, acidic white wine.

My friend Gemma, knower of all things, told me that her can’t-live-withouts were: “Trader Joe’s Green Dragon Hot Sauce (it’s amazing). Nutella. Irish porridge oats. Vegemite (even though I eat it once a year). Lindt sea salt dark chocolate.”

And legendary food writer Ruth Reichl told us her list is “butter, lemons, anchovies, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, a couple kinds of vinegar. Eggs! Oh, my God, I would never be without eggs. And milk.”

What about you? I’m curious to hear…

P.S. Another personality test: How would you describe yourself in five words?

(Photo of Jon Hamm for C Magazine.)

  1. Amanda says...

    Tea
    Goya Adobo seasoning
    Cheese
    Tortillas
    Can chicken

  2. Laura says...

    I’d be going with: apples, oats, bananas (!!), Greek yogurt, and either a red or yellow onion. These are the things that my kitchen ALWAYS has!

  3. Sulli says...

    Love this… and so interesting to see what people find to be ‘necessity’ for their pantry.

    I definitely would say cheese (a parmesan, feta or goat), nuts (almonds or walnuts usually), wine (it’s a low point in life when there is none in the house), garlic, rice (always rice!).

    I feel like most of these are ‘on call’ to jazz up any ingredient that lingers in the fridge too long. And in the rarest and saddest scenario, at least you can throw together a cheesy, winey, garlic risotto topped with nuts!

  4. Melkorka says...

    Milk, Butter, Cheese, Eggs, Bread, Coffee. (I can’t believe how much of that is dairy!) that is enough to keep me fed untill I make it to the grocery store later in the day!

  5. This was really hard to narrow down!

    Olive Oil
    Eggs
    Cheese
    Corn Tortillas (Maseca)
    Arugula
    *Tapatio
    **Champagne (Gran Cuvée Reserva)

    Xo Lendy
    http://www.twoplusluna.com

  6. Must haves are:
    Garlic
    Butter + Olive oil
    Eggs
    Avocado
    Cheese

    However, I secretly make sure I always have sugar, flour, chocolate, vanilla, baking soda, and baking powder on hand. I want to know that if I want to bake cookies or a cake at any time of the day I have the necessary ingredients. I also like to maintain a constant supply of homemade chocolate chip cookie dough in the freezer :)

  7. Colleen says...

    Coconut milk
    Eggs
    Garlic
    Olive oil/ coconut oil
    Country Hearth Dakota Style 12 Grain bread (I used to live on this but since I discovered my gluten allergy its just for the hubby & kid to devour)

    So fun to see the commonalities between everyone’s lists & how the differences give you an idea of a person’s cooking/ eating style.

  8. jessica says...

    reading this post with a seemingly bare refrigerator and was inspired to make a simple pasta! garlic, vegan sausage, earth balance, daiya, linguine. thanks!

  9. COOFFEEEEEEE BEANS (insert knife emoji here!!!)

  10. SJ says...

    Love this! And so interesting to read everyone’s responses. Mine would also have a hunk of parmesan cheese, along with eggs, baby kale, fresh garlic, and Maldon salt.

  11. Daniela says...

    Olive oil, butter, Parmesan, garlic, pasta!

  12. Jill says...

    olive oil
    garlic
    fresh greens or spinach
    apples
    scottish oats

  13. Alyssa Leister says...

    I thought, before reading, that this was going to be about kitchen tools! In which case my list would be: non-stick pan, flat spoonula, Le Creuset dutch oven (versatile and so beautiful!), KitchenAid mixer (again, beautiful!), and knives/cutting board.

    But if we are talking foods, then my list is: eggs, sliced cheese from my local market, coffee creamer, onions, frozen mixed veggies (preferably the 4lb bag from BJ’s that seems to last forever and makes adding veggies SO easy!)

  14. Tricia says...

    Eggs
    Goat Cheese
    Shallot
    Garlic
    Fresh Spinach

  15. I’m with your friend Gema!!! Lindt sea salt chocolate for the win!!!
    Oh, and extra virgin olive oil. I’m Spanish. I can’t live without it!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

  16. Nancy D says...

    coffee
    milk
    honey crisp apples
    cheese
    eggs

  17. Fun post! These are what I call my desert island foods:
    1. Peanut Butter
    2. Salsa
    3. Dark Chocolate
    4. Cashews
    5. Grapefruit

  18. Kara says...

    1) eggs
    2) medjool dates
    3) walnuts
    4) coffee
    5) tortillas

    My 4 year old son asks for an appetizer of dates and cashews (oops, not on the list!) practically every night before dinner.

    Love, love, love Cup of Jo…

  19. Laurel says...

    1. Oats
    2. Peanut butter
    3. Apples
    4. Greens or frozen veg
    5. Bananas
    6. Tofu/veggie burgers
    That’s six, but those are constantly on my grocery list! Then I can have my oatmeal with peanut butter and banana for breakfast, and my oatmeal with broccoli and a veggie burger for dinner. (Sounds strange, but so easy, filling and comfort-food like!)

  20. 1. Espresso
    2. Gin
    3. Korean chili paste
    4. Japanese instant noodles
    5. Pitashio ice cream

    I have more than one of each so i don’t run out.

  21. Libbynan says...

    1. Whole grain bread
    2. Natural peanut butter
    3. Eggs
    4. Half and half
    5. Coffee
    These are my full blown panic if I’m out items. Mild anxiety items are micro-greens, citrus fruit, and olive oil.

  22. Seedsandstones says...

    You used this picture of Jon Hamm in another post years ago and I later spent a day scouring your site trying to find it just to enjoy his sexiness and the feeling that maybe he was making me breakfast after we’d been up all night together, haha. What a silly little pleasure to see it recycled for this post.

    Eggs, garlic, cheddar so sharp it has a crumbly grit to it, a crusty loaf of bread, greens, and tomatoes. And tea. Ahhh, tea.

    • Jess says...

      Oh I had to force myself to read the article after that photo! Then I came back a few hours later just to look at it again. Jon Hamm you are my hall pass.

  23. Yush says...

    Harder to whittle down than I thought! I had to think of what makes me feel that specific sense of urgency when supplies run low…

    1. milk
    2. tea
    3. trader joe’s organic free range chicken broth
    4. apricot jam
    5. rice vinegar

  24. 1 Eggs
    2 Bread
    3 Microgreens (Home Greens)
    4 Milk
    5 Popcorn

    Love reading your blog!! :)

  25. Milk.
    Eggs.
    Olive Oil.
    Bread.
    Coffee beans.
    Garlic.
    Butter.
    Cheese.

  26. Isabelle says...

    This is so much fun. I think mine would read something like: eggs, milk (almond or cow), some kind of fruit, potatoes, corn tortillas. Add ons: Green and Black’s dark chocolate, lemon juice, fresh ginger, garlic, olive oil …

  27. Cinda says...

    Love this blog. I so enjoy your content, the integrity is always present. I am not a fan of this ” kitchen-essential”…… I would say for sure the picture just denotes a ” must-have” …….. Ash tray. I as well would look for ” ashes” in the pan/food vs. salt and pepper. I really am not being a snarky commentator- I am a healthy striving lifestyle individual and when I viewed this pic., I had to turn away. This afternoon when reading thru again I just had to be real and comment. Thank-you for reading my comments and letting me be real….. Not in the least am I trying to present mean. Just saying…..

  28. Dan says...

    Oats
    Bananas
    Greens (sprouts, kale)
    Sunflower seed butter
    Pre-marinated tofu for sandwiches / salads (best find in the produce section!)

  29. eg says...

    eggs, coffee, canned tomatoes, jon hamm, olive oil

  30. 1. Bananas
    2. Some type of greens (kale, spinach, or lettuce)
    3. Seasonal fruit
    4. Potatoes
    5. Beans

    I wish I could cheat and make it ten :)

    xo Azu

    http://www.raven-locks.blogspot.com

  31. Andrea says...

    I was going to say “WOW does your friend Stefan ever look like Don Draper! Not many people can pull off looking so cool whilst smoking and frying eggs!”. Then I realized – that is Don Draper….

    My list:
    Eggs
    Sriracha
    Good cheese
    Kale (for chips or in soups or stews)
    Flour tortillas

  32. Jenelle says...

    Coffee!
    Half and half
    Whole milk Greek yogurt
    Oatmeal
    Fresh garlic
    Almonds

  33. Noelle says...

    What a fun game!

    1. Eggs
    2. Olive oil
    3. Salt & Pepper (to be freshly ground) (does this count as one??)
    4. Minced garlic in a jar
    5. Coffee

  34. Kelly Libby says...

    oats (never instant. ew)
    bananas
    salmon (fresh fish)
    lemons/citrus
    olive oil
    tea

    ooops. that’s 6!!

  35. 1. Eggs
    2. Some more eggs.
    3. How about eggs?
    4. Did I mention some eggs?
    5. Maybe some eggs.

  36. Mara says...

    1. Cinnamon
    2. Olive oil
    3. Herbal tea
    4. Pink Lady apples
    5. Eggs

  37. Mara says...

    So many lemons!! Can I ask what everyone does with them? I’m intrigued!

    • Kelly Libby says...

      I have been using citrus a lot more lately. I cut up lemon for my tea and to mix with warm water in the mornings, marinades, and atop of fish to bake in the oven.

    • Diana says...

      1. Lemons! I have a lot of naked lemons because I use the zest in so many things–oatmeal, baked goods, pesto, vinaigrette and then of course there’s the juice.

      The pesto I make with lemon zest, peppery pistachio nuts, parsley, and walnut or pistachio oil is amazing on pasta or veggies. You can add Parmesan cheese too but it’s great without it. :)

  38. Sally says...

    Ten would be so much easier..

    Eggs (when you have eggs and one more ingredient, you have a meal)
    Parmesan
    Lemon
    Garlic
    Olive oil/butter
    Coffee

  39. Theresa says...

    olive oil
    Tillamook sharp cheddar cheese
    Milk
    flour tortillas
    butter

    I could live on this! Ha!

  40. Natasha Trifunovic says...

    onion, garlic, justin’s hazelnut butter in chocolate, radishes and flavored sparking water.

  41. Blythe says...

    This is beyond difficult…
    olive oil
    any vegetable
    Badia all seasoning
    eggs
    almond milk (or my kids would lose their minds)

  42. emanuella says...

    Yay, I love this!

    Mine:
    1. unsweetened cranberry juice (after one too many uti’s, this is in the fridge for life)
    2. olive oil
    3. dijon
    4. carrots
    5. peppermint tea

  43. Briana says...

    Carr’s water crackers
    Fresh Herbs
    Cholula
    Good cheese (any- soft, hard, smelly… I love them all!)
    Israeli Couscous
    :)

  44. Emily says...

    1. cinnamon
    2. carrots
    3. honey
    4. garlic
    5. ginger
    6. COFFEE!

  45. Colleen says...

    Hmmmm….
    eggs
    milk
    baby spinach
    Annie’s mac and cheese
    peanut butter (essential for my husband and daughter’s survival)
    #6 would be whatever fruit is in season

  46. Marissa says...

    – A bag of dark leafy greens
    – Crisp apples
    – Lemons
    – Onions
    – A can of good tomatoes

  47. Kelly says...

    olive oil, eggs, salsa, cheese, sweet potato

  48. Diana says...

    1. Lemons! I have a lot of naked lemons because I use the zest in so many things–oatmeal, baked goods, pesto, vinaigrette and then of course there’s the juice.

    2. Olive oil

    3. Eggs

    4. Flour

    5. Maple Syrup

    and sorry but I’d need to add salt to this list. With these ingredients and my garden I could probably cook a five course meal. :)

  49. Alexandra Paty says...

    My list:
    1. Eggs !
    2. Butter + Olive Oil !
    3. Chives !
    4. Tomatoes !
    5. Dark Chocolate…!

  50. Liz says...

    That pic of Jon Hamm though. Oh my.

    • Denise says...

      My thought exactly!

    • Noelle says...

      Dear god yes.

  51. lately?? it’s been:

    1. fermented black bean chili sauce (for trying to be vegan and still making satisfying foods)
    2. lemons (for hot lemon water and literally every dish we make)
    3. fresh garlic
    4. fresh ginger
    5. giant tortillas (because my husband nearly has a panic attack when there aren’t tortillas in the house, aka vessel for putting nearly anything in your mouth)

  52. alexandra says...

    I’d have so say: fresh garlic, olive oil, eggs, french bread, and butter. Oo, and some great parmigiano-reggiano. Oooo! And wooden spoons. Okay, okay, and Jon Hamm.

    • Holly says...

      Trader’s Joe’s organic popcorn, obsessed!

  53. jon hamm is my new kitchen essential

    • Michelle says...

      Agree!!!

  54. Bananas says...

    I wish Jon Hamm was in my kitchen.

  55. Maryli says...

    Lemons, olive oil, garlic, mustard, a can of san marzano tomatoes.

  56. Maegan says...

    I seriously can think of nothing food or kitchen related with that photo of Jon Hamm …. my god is he sexy….. thank you for that! much appreciated.

  57. Julia says...

    Butter, lemon, eggs, garlic, some kind of greens – spinach, kale or arugula.

  58. Meredith says...

    Avocado
    Preserved Lemons
    Jon Hamm
    Dutch Stroopwafels
    Sea Salt

    • Maryli says...

      Haha!

  59. olive oil, butter, eggs, honey and coffee/tea
    husband says:
    peanut butter, tuna fish, bagels, beer and rice

  60. Megan says...

    Sour cream, eggs, coffee, cheese, milk

  61. Such a good question! It’s hard to narrow down but I would have to say:

    english breakfast tea
    eggs
    lemons
    onion
    cheese
    olive oil
    avocado

    I can’t narrow to five!

  62. Laura Reynolds says...

    1. Olive Oil
    2. Vinegar (apple cider, balsamic, red wine, all of it!!)
    3. Garlic
    4. CHEESE
    5. Wine, obviously

  63. Liz says...

    This is so fun! I would say homemade peanut butter (made in our Vitamix), lemons, yogurt with KIND granola, olive oil, eggs, fruits/veggies.

  64. Ashley says...

    Such a hard question!
    Garlic
    Very good, syrupy balsamic
    Capers
    Dark chocolate
    BUTTER

  65. Crosby says...

    So happy to see miso on a few people’s lists!

    1. Miso
    2. Sweet potatoes
    3. Frozen veg (esp. Broccoli)
    4. Ginger
    5. Citrus (either lemon or grapefruit)
    RED WINE!

  66. Tortillas
    Cheese
    Tomato Puree
    Chocolate
    Teddy Peanut Butter

    The top photo makes me laugh. :)

  67. I love this! I cannot run out of:
    Parmesan & Asiago cheeses
    olive oil
    balsamic vinegar
    shallots & garlic
    lemons(!)
    creamy peanut butter
    a few bars of white chocolate :)

  68. Aga says...

    just 5 is hard! but i think the 5 that i always have in my fridge or on my list:
    lemons or limes
    coconut milk chia
    onions
    zucchini
    and some sort of lettuce or greens

    • Aga says...

      oops, coconut milk and chia seeds are separate items

  69. suzanne morris says...

    Jon Hamm

    • Susan says...

      Ditto

  70. Only 5? I like a challenge, but this one’s tough!

    Let’s see…
    Eggs
    Olive oil
    Lemons
    Avocado
    Bread

    Looks like I can make breakfast at all times, so it’ll all be fine with just 5 after all! ;)

    Sandra | Cake + Whisky

  71. milk, garlic, ice cream, olive oil, avocados! easy easy.

  72. Kimberley says...

    No way! I was having this discussion with myself only the other day when I used lime, coriander and chilli flakes for the 3rd day in a row. I would add to that list oil (can I have a few?) and onions!

  73. Louise says...

    Baking potatoes
    Pearle De Lait Coconut Yogurt
    Bananas
    Salmon Steaks
    Microwave Rice

  74. katie says...

    olive oil
    apples
    coffee/tea
    creamer
    eggs
    oh and garlic and white wine!!

  75. kim says...

    How fun!

    Coffee
    Coconut OIl
    Tea
    Mixed Nuts
    Fresh Fruit

    (this sounds like i’m much more of a breakfast person than I actually am…ha)

  76. chiara says...

    Olive oil
    Pasta
    Cheese
    Bread
    vegetables and fruits with no exception

  77. Julia says...

    Pasta + tomatosauce for emergency cooking, olive oil, salt, milk, fruits

  78. Bread, butter, pasta, cheese (cheddar, gruyere, appenzeller, parmigiano-reggiano, etc.), coffee. Lots of other honorable mentions (tea, red wine, garlic, cashews, dark chocolate, IPAs), but these are my top five for sure, and it looks like they are many others’ as well!

  79. “As if he’d been preparing for this question his whole life,” LOVED THIS.

  80. Butter, eggs, tomatoes, olive oil & feta cheese!! Lots of feta cheese!!! :)

  81. Butter, eggs, tomatoes, olive oil & feta cheese!! Lots of feat cheese!!! :)

  82. Eggs
    Garlic
    Lemons
    Red wine
    And Marmite – yes I’m a true British girl living in the depths of France and I still have to have my marmite, but it’s not just me, so do the children and my husband, once you’ve grown up with it, it’s just a part of life!!!

  83. Parmesan – olive oil – lemons – oats – milk.

    Not limited to the kitchen: wine :-)

  84. siri says...

    This really got me thinking! For me, it’s dairy (butter, milk, Parmesan, Greek yoghurt), tomatoes (fresh, tinned chopped Italian and tomato paste), frozen veg (peas, broccoli and cauliflower) and coffee. I get panicky when I run out of those things. And yes, I realise I totally cheated, but I have a lot of things that make me nervous to run out of!

  85. Carissa says...

    Eggs
    Coconut Oil
    cacao
    White wine
    garlic

  86. Sophie says...

    butter
    eggs
    sugar
    brown sugar
    vanilla
    flour
    soda
    salt
    chocolate chips
    Because who can live without chocolate chip cookies?

  87. Maggie says...

    Hamm and eggs, like in the photo…

  88. Frederieke says...

    Sugar, milk, flower, eggs, parmigiano,bacon and salt… so I can make Pasta Carbonara and caramel cake!

  89. Alex says...

    1. Baguette
    2. Avocado
    3. Kale
    4. Beecher’s Flagship cheese (smoked or not)
    5. Dark chocolate
    5.1 Red wine

  90. Oats, coffee, lemon, oil, onions!

  91. Jill says...

    Nice picture of Hamm and eggs

  92. Liz says...

    Coffee, half and half, white wine, red wine. My needs are simple ;)

  93. Thanks for such a quirky, thought-provoking blog post. I think mine would be; butter, brown rice, my KitchenAid, a cast iron pot and cinnamon.

    xx

    http://www.picniccove.com

  94. Jenny says...

    1/2&1/2
    Walnuts
    Oats – rolled or Irish
    Avocados
    Wasa crisp bread

  95. Cee says...

    Kimchi (the source of all things wonderful and meal-worthy), rice, scallions, sesame oil, milk, fresh fruit and granola/cereal! Although my husband is against cereal right now (too much sugar), so it’s more like muesli/oatmeal nowadays!

  96. Emily Tan says...

    You. Spoke. To. Ruth. Reichl???

    I die

  97. Emily says...

    Olive oil
    Garlic
    Good cheese
    Oats
    Eggs

  98. Oil, salt, garlic, onion, eggs

  99. Anushka says...

    Parmagianno Reggiano
    Butter
    Eggs
    Olive Oil
    Garlic

  100. Chantel says...

    What is everyone doing with lemons?? Lots of lemons on the list! My personal top five:

    Eggs
    Cheese (the stingier the better!…Lindburger is an all time favourite)
    Peanut butter (the natural stuff that just has peanuts…the unhealthy kind is crazy sweet I find)
    Bread (multigrain preferably or my husbands homemade Julia child white bread-great recipe!)
    Chocolate chips (let’s be honest..it goes in everything: muffins, pancakes, oatmeal, or straight out of the bag)

    • Julia says...

      Why lemons? I need lemon zest or juice to spice diverse meals (see Jamie Oliver’s receipees, theres hardly one doing without lemon!), and I add lemon when preparing fresh juice (oranges, banana, lemon, mango etc.).

    • Chantel says...

      Thank you for the explanation. Sounds like something I should explore!

  101. Garlic, onions, olive oil, peanut butter, cereal

  102. Sarah says...

    Coffee
    Rolled oats
    Plain Greek yogurt
    Maple syrup
    Olive oil

  103. Holly says...

    Half & Half, peanut butter, fresh fruit, onion and eggs.

  104. Celia says...

    Plan yogurt
    Fruit
    Oats/muesli
    Coffee
    Honey
    Ahh and more thing. … Almond butter!

  105. Ellen says...

    Can’t let these things run out:

    Cilantro
    Homemade almond butter and almond milk
    Jalapeños
    Greens of some sort
    Lemons

  106. ekbnyc says...

    Butter
    Good bread for toasting
    Coffee
    Half and half
    Sugar

  107. Eliza says...

    Love this! My top 5 would be:

    coffee
    half and half (to put in everything from coffee to quiches to scrambled eggs-just a tad makes everything better!)
    eggs
    fresh spinach (we make tons of smoothies and throw in handfuls)
    bananas

    Honorable mentions: yogurt, minced garlic, coconut oil, honey, frozen berries

  108. Katie says...

    Jon Hamm, Chris Pratt, Matt Bomer, Chris Pine, Chris Evans….oh, wait, you mean food, not hunky men I want in my kitchen? My mistake! ;)

    My REAL list would be butter, eggs, loaf of bread, bacon, cheddar cheese

    Honorable mentions: milk, lemons, potatoes, flour, sugar, chocolate, spinach. More cheese.

  109. Charlotte K says...

    Potatoes, garlic, eggs, milk, olive oil

    I know there should be more of a green veg in there–if I can have one more item, let’s say broccoli. Then I could live off garlic mashed potatoes with broccoli in them. YUM

  110. Butter!
    Spinach
    Gruyere
    Lemons
    Garlic

  111. Sara says...

    tortilla
    shredded cheddar
    salsa
    Milk
    chicken

  112. Right now I’m in a serious NON cooking phase/trying to save $$ so I have…

    1. pasta
    2. a pretty ok store bought tomato sauce
    3. eggs
    4. a tub of miso paste
    5. spinach

    –pasta goes with the store bought tomato sauce, and with pretty ok brands like Trader Joes or Lydia’s it’s actually pretty satisfying, lots of black pepper seals the deal. I heard that tomatoes have lots of umami so that it makes stuff taste more satisfying and filling. A fried egg or two on top if I want extra protein.
    –eggs for obvious reasons, oh the ways that you can cook them!
    —miso paste is magic. Add a tsp to a bowl of water and voila you have soup! Great for breakfast, lunch, a light dinner. Super rich in umami and probiotics and has a bit of protein. Mix in whisked egg for egg drop soup/extra protein.
    –spinach: add to all of the above

  113. Becca says...

    Parmesan, vinegar (definitely Balsamic), lemons, sriracha, raw cashews, and garlic. Canned foods: black beans, tomato/pizza sauce, chick peas, black olives. Frozen foods: edamame, pine nuts (they stay fresh longer in the freezer!), dark chocolate, mixed berries, spinach for smoothies (again, it keeps well in the freezer!)

  114. Huh? What? Sorry, got distracted by Mr. Hamm over there. Oh gosh, he looks so badass cooking eggs. ;-)

    Er… Oh yes. Pasta, frozen pureed squash, mushrooms, arugula and strawberries/pears (depending on the season.)

  115. Jodie says...

    Eggs
    Unsalted butter
    Maldon Sea Salt
    Olive Oil
    Garlic

  116. Ronny says...

    I love this question and seeing everyone’s answer. Mine would be:

    butter
    coffee/tea
    eggs
    garlic
    avocado+turkey

    can you tell that I love my breakfast?

  117. Anna Cohen says...

    Eggs, Milk, Lemons, Pasta – and vegemite (cause we’re australian!)

  118. Charli says...

    I’m not going to answer the question. I’m just going to say thank you for that photo of Jon Hamm.

    • Kat says...

      uhm same. i too will have my fried eggs with a side of hamm

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahahaha

  119. Lauren B says...

    Beecher’s flagship cheese
    Olive oil
    Eggs
    Milk
    Pasta
    And because I can’t stop there: a jar of minced garlic

  120. Mmm, Hamm + eggs.

  121. olive oil. So much olive oil.
    Brianna’s Homestyle viniagrette
    chai tea of some kind
    almond milk
    trader joe’s shrimp gyoza

    Wow. That’s a random mix.

    Did I mention olive oil?

  122. also onions, garlic and a good crunchy salt!

  123. *duke’s mayonnaise (works for all kinds of things and is fluffy like a cloud- not grody like the mayo we all grew up with…use it instead of butter for grilley cheeses, whisked into salad dressings etc. yum!) a dollop’ll do ya!
    *spinach…for breakfast, for salads, for sammies you name it!
    *oats. i use them for savory oatmeal breakfast bowls (with the spinach and walnuts), energy bites with cocoa and almond butter, or with a dollop of sorghum molasses or homemade preserves for plain ole sweet breakfast oats.
    *old bay. if the mayonnaise didn’t give it away, i’m Southern as heck. gotta have the old bay for crab boils, grits, chicken soup, lima beans, mashed potatoes you name it!
    *bacon grease. don’t judge! just like my grandma did, i reuse after cooking a slab of bacon every week. one small spoonful for every recipe (even some sweet ones!). i cook very healthy and clean believe it or not, but the smidge of decadent fat makes a huge difference in everything you make and triggers that happy brain thing that makes you think you had something more fun than wilted spinach!

    xo
    -lu

  124. Teresa says...

    Bacon, thick spaghetti, ricotta/parm, eggs, tortillas.

  125. Parmigiano
    Olive Oil
    Lemons
    Pasta
    Coffee

  126. Jill Palumbo says...

    Five is so hard! Eggs, milk, bread, greens, lemons, olive oil, wine, chicken stock, chocolate and baking supplies. I guess I can’t count after all………….

    • Jill Palumbo says...

      I can’t believe I forgot butter!

  127. Samantha says...

    Good question! At first I thought you meant cooking tools, so I thought of that list which was:
    1. frying pan
    2. wooden spoon
    3. immersion blender
    4. crockpot
    5. stockpot
    But then I read past the first two sentences, ha! So the list of the five foods I wouldn’t be caught without are

    1. eggs
    2. brown rice
    3. rolled oats
    4. cinnamon
    5. onions
    honorable mention: red wine, mushrooms, olives, chickpeas, romaine lettuce, garlic

  128. Parmigiano
    Olive Oil
    Lemons
    Bread
    Coffee

  129. Maywyn says...

    garlic powder, olive oil, basil, balsamic vinegar, and black pepper

  130. Krissy says...

    Lemons, coconut oil, bananas, spinach and almond butter/milk.

  131. emily says...

    Jon Hamm, I wish.

  132. RBC says...

    Rice
    beans of some sort
    tortillas
    cheese
    RealLime

    and,really, bread, milk, and eggs (can you tell we like mexican and have 3 young children?)

  133. Elizabeth says...

    Cheese, olive oil, eggs, Israeli couscous, salsa.

  134. Elizabeth G says...

    I’m never without
    Eggs
    Onions
    Milk
    Greek yogurt
    Klaussen dill pickle spears =)

  135. Garlic, EVOO, Fresh thyme, Red wine, Eggs…I ALWAYS have these, and lemons too!

  136. Elizabeth says...

    eggs
    butter
    coffee
    grapefruit lacroix
    pink lady apples

    extras:
    thick multigrain bread
    cholula
    70% dark chocolate
    half & half

    It’s so interesting to read all the different answers!

  137. beks says...

    Good olive oil
    Red pepper flakes
    Black pepper
    Asiago cheese
    A shirt (the neighbors house looks right in)
    COFFEE

  138. Emily says...

    peanut butter
    rolled oats
    popcorn kernels
    coffee
    garlic

    and since other people are breaking the rules, I’ll add lemons, onions, eggs, and evoo. :)

  139. Michelle says...

    Eggs
    Milk
    Flour
    With these three I can make pancakes, waffles, pasta, bread, dumplings
    Add some butter for yummy
    And rack of lamb

  140. kadcat says...

    Gah, this list varies widely if I have the motivation to cook or not! I absolutely love to cook, but do I feel motivated to do it on a regular basis after getting home from a long day of work? No. So, I’m making two lists: the lazy and cooking ones, haha! Lazy: coffee, bread, peanut butter, yogurt, fruit. Cooking: jarred garlic, lemon juice, good quality oils/vinegars, greens (usually kale), beans/chicken (depending on my mood).