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Dish Ditty’s Kitchen

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What to know what I keep on hand at all times?  Here’s what I always have on hand, no matter what:

  • Garlic Olive Oil
  • Pure Sesame Oil by Dynasty
  • Seasoned Rice Wine Vinegar by Marukan
  • Italian Seasoned Bread Crumbs by Progresso
  • Plain Bread Crumbs by Progresso
  • Cornstarch
  • Extra Dry Vermouth
  • Sherry
  • Red Wine
  • Chardonnay
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Saimen Noodles
  • Bean Thread or Vermicelli Noodles
  • Spaghetti Noodles
  • Penne Pasta
  • Jar of Marinara Sauce
  • Contadina Tomato Sauce
  • Contadina Tomato Paste
  • Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Diced Tomatoes (different varieties depending on price)
  • Chicken Broth


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This is what I keep in the refrigerator that I always use and need:

  • Lite Soy Sauce by Kikoman
  • Lo Mein Sauce by Panda*
  • Tonkatsu Sauce
  • Cilantro Paste
  • Dill Paste
  • Better than Bouillon Beef Base
  • Better than Bouillon Chicken Base
  • Homemade Zuchini Relish
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Brown Mustard
  • Minced Garlic
  • Onions
  • Bell Peppers
  • Carrots

* I cannot seem to find the Lo Mein Sauce that I use at any online retailer. You can substitute with an Oyster sauce, but I find the Lo mein sauce to be more flavorful. I’d suggest a little bit of the chicken bouillon base and a dash of sugar added to the regular oyster sauce to match the flavor of the Lo Mein sauce.

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Some gadgets just stay in the cabinet or drawers without being touched. But, there are some gadgets and tools I use all the time. These are the gadgets that I am glad I have:

  • Emersion Blender
  • Grill Pan
  • Meat masher
  • Silicon Spatula
  • Thongs
  • Cherry Pitter
  • Jar opener
  • Flat Whisk
  • Kitchen Aid 5-Quart Mixer*

* I tried the 6 quart Pro mixer and hated it. It was loud, clunky and just was not as good as the 5-quart one. So I sold it and went back to the smaller size.

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These are the spices I can’t live without:

  • Thyme
  • Garlic Salt
  • Nutmeg
  • Cilantro
  • Marjoram Leaves
  • Oregano Leaves
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Rosemary
  • Cinnamon
  • Dry Mustard
  • Herbes de Provance
  • Basil
  • Dill
  • Paprika
  • Nutmeg
  • White Pepper
  • Spice Islands’ Garlic & Herb Bread Dipping Grinder

That’s not all I have in my spice cabinets (yes, cabinets). But, those are the ones that I would die without.



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