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Skip the Lard, But Focus on the Larder

Founders of The Culinistas speaking to a group of guests

by The Culinistas

We want everyone to be their own Food Network star.
The first step in your transformation starts with the pantry.
Having a set of staple ingredients and equipment on hand at all times is essential.


Have a set of spices on hand at all times that are versatile enough to work with a multitude of ingredients and recipes.  Urfa, Cumin, Cayenne, and Za’atar are among our favorites. They’re great sprinkled on fresh veggies, hard-boiled eggs, and are perfect to doctor up your favorite store bought hummus.  La Boîte is the spice king of New York.

Oil & Salt

Have a flavorful salt on hand that you know will elevate the flavors of any dish.  Our standard is La Baleine Fine Sea Salt. We like it because it feels natural.  And a drizzle of olive oil will bring together any great combination of ingredients. Our favorite Greek olive oil is Oilladi.  It maintains a smooth olive flavor, while providing the perfect amount of bite.


The equipment you use is just as important as the ingredients you choose.  Invest in a big, strong cutting board for all of your slicing and dicing needs.  Our co-founder’s favorite tools are a fish spatula and tongs. You’ll use these more than you think; you’ll be amazed you survived in a world without them for so long.  For a complete, but paired down kitchen collection, grab yourself a set of quality mixing bowls, 1 pot, 1 pan, a blender, and a baking sheet.  

A special thanks to Sylvie Rosokoff for the beautiful photographs.