I have 75 heads of garlic growing in my garden. I have a jar of pickled garlic – from last year’s harvest – in my refrigerator – just enough left to last me until this year’s harvest. Garlic is definitely a necessary ingredient.
I put three or four healthy shakes of cinnamon in my coffee every morning. Need that, too.
I only use a pinch or two of turkish ground sumac berries when I make fattoush. But when I mentioned to the waiter at one of our favorite Middle Eastern restaurants that I use it in my salad, too, he gasped. “Where did you get it?,” he demanded. I told him about the spice store I use.
“It’s fake,” he said. And then he told me about the stash his family has at the restaurant – brought it with them from Northern Iraq.
Okay then. His family could save themselves A LOT of money when their stash runs out by driving 20 miles to my spice store, but I wasn’t going to be the one to tell him it’s not fake. Nope.
I use my kitchen scale every day, at least twice a day – to weigh out breakfast and dinner portions for my friends and to weigh ingredients for my baked goods. Would seriously miss that.
My coffee grinder and my coffee pot get a daily workout. Have even been known to take them camping.
Oh, and my refrigerator. ‘Cuz what’s coffee without fresh cream?