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Skip the Lard, But Focus on the Larder

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.