Cooked Founder and Executive Chef Jona Silva loves to eat well as much as he loves to cook. He is also a very busy guy and knows what it is to have to throw together dinner in a pinch-- so we sat down with him recently to find out some of the pantry items he doesn't like to live without. In a nutshell, here is what he said:
"A good olive oil is probably at the top of my list. Look for an oil with a slight peppery after-taste to make sure you have a quality oil. I love it on just about everything."
- A Good Olive Oil
- Balsamic Vinegar, White Wine Vinegar
- Salt, and Pepper.
Brighteners: Fun Mix In's To Make Any Dish More Interesting:
"Having fun ingredients to add into dishes makes cooking more fun, and eating more enjoyable! I love canned cherry tomatoes in many dishes-- snacking on a variety of olives opens your appetite and they are a great addition to many dishes."
- Canned Cherry Tomatoes
- Castelvetrano Olives (or olives of your chose)
- Garlic, and Onion.
Savory and/or Spicy Sauces:
"I love spicy foods and sauces-- my real cupboard is stocked with varieties of condiments from around the world, but some of the savory and spicy sauces I use most are,"
- Sambal Oelek
- Homemade vinegrette
A Touch of Sweet:
- Honey, Maple Syrup top the list.
Essential Grains and Legumes:
"What can't be made with a great olive oil, capers, cherry tomatoes, and a great dried pasta? Have more ingredients to make something more exciting? Well, that's great--but if not you still have an excellent dinner."
- Brown and white rice
- Quality dried pasta.