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Rick’s Tips: The Well-Stocked Pantry & Essential Cooking Tools

18 Aug

We hope you tried the Mushroom Risotto we shared in our last installment of “Rick’s Tips” — it really is an incredible recipe, and one your guests will go home talking about.

When we asked The Farm Table’s co-owner, Rick Grossberg, a self proclaimed “foodie,” what would be included in his top-10 list of essential seasonings and cooking tools, we were not surprised when he came back with a rather extensive list of items to create culinary magic in the kitchen! 

So, print off this list and head to your nearest grocer and kitchen supply retailer:

Rick teaching a cooking class The Farm Table held at the Richmond Alternative Center last winter

Kosher salt, not the very coarse salt which is made for ice cream machines and salt- baked fish, but the finer type. The salt looks like tiny flakes. I use it for everything and it is the most popular salt used by professional chefs – available at any grocery store.

Whole pepper corns are available at any grocery store, but if you are in Costco they have a pepper mill that contains whole pepper corns. I use it and it is great.

Herbs and Spices (dry unless the recipe calls for fresh; I struck out the less important spices): 

  • Bay Leaves
  • Cayenne
  • Chili Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Coleman’s Mustard
  • Crushed Red Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Garlic Powder
  • Nutmeg
  • Oregano
  • Onion Powder/ not Salt
  • Paprika
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Rick’s Essential Cooking Tools – not a top-10 list!

  1. an eight-inch chef’s knife –  the most essential tool in the kitchen
  2. an instant-read thermometer
  3. three stainless steel bowls
  4. sturdy tongs
  5. sturdy sheet pan
  6. plastic cutting board
  7. paring knife
  8. can opener – not electric
  9. vegetable peeler
  10. colander
  11. small, medium and large cast-aluminum saucepan
  12. medium nonstick cast aluminum pan – 10-inch
  13. steep-sided, heavier duty steel pan – 14-inch
  14. single cast iron 12″ fry pan
  15. skimmer
  16. slotted spoon
  17. rubber spatula
  18. bread knife
  19. big whisk
  20. food processor
  21. microplane grater
  22. box grater
  23. knife sharpener

Joe Gusti, a friend of The Farm Table, runs a commercial kitchen supply company where Rick gets many of the kitchen items that he uses. Farm Table members will receive a special discount — details were in your Farm Table newsletter this week. Joe’s contact information: 2923 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23230, (804) 355-6600

Not a Farm Table member yet? Check out the newest Living Social Deal: Annual Produce Membership with Two Delivered Produce Boxes for $52 ($104 value). If you’re not a member yet, this is the time to do it!

Stay tuned this week for a Cajun-inspired recipe from one of The Farm Table’s members. 

Congratulations to Tiffany Coffman, the winner of our most recent blog giveaway: 50% off The Farm Table membership and 1 box of produce on us! We appreciate everyone who participated!