By: Brady Evans
As you may know, I run a food blog. I’ve had more than one email asking for a glimpse into my kitchen along with my recommended pantry staples. I recently had a lazy Sunday morning and decided to take a few shots of the kitchen and comply with your requests. So here we go!
I have no shame in admitting that we’re not living in our dream house and I’m not cooking in my dream kitchen. We bought our home for so many wonderful reasons, but the kitchen wasn’t necessarily one of them. Nonetheless, I use it on a daily basis with no complaints. It works well for us. We have an electric stove, which was a change from our last house where we had a gas stove. One key to using an electric stove effectively is high quality tri-ply stainless steel pans.
The house did not come outfitted with this custom horse themed back splash. This was a touch we added ourselves shortly after moving in. The design and the labor all comes courtesy of my mother, Lee Malerich. Having a custom touch like this really makes a difference to me in our kitchen. What’s even better is that she was able to incorporate some of my favorite dishes that I’d clumsily broken (but saved) throughout the years. The mosaic is made of mostly tile, but interspersed are subtle kitcheny aspects like edges of fancy plates and coffee mug handles.
One of my favorite parts of the kitchen, however, has more to do with the outside than the inside. We’re surrounded by the most beautiful views and tons of natural light come through the many windows.
Cooking in a kitchen that is not your dream kitchen isn’t so bad when you’ve got beautiful horses outside your window. In the picture below you’ll see Lucy and Cinco and a small corner of the reason we ended up here in South Carolina: our stable.
- 12 cup Kitchen Aid Food Processor with 4 cup mini bowl – I bought mine refurbishes from Kitchen Aid directly and haven’t had a lick of trouble.
- Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer – I actually have the classic model and it serves me well!
- Zyliss Vegetable Peeler – You’ll be amazed at how a good veggie peeler can make prep work so much easier.
- Zojirushi Rice Cooker – Life changing! I love the feature where you set the finish time and the rice cooker adjusts when it will start cooking accordingly. It has settings for white rice, sushi rice, brown rice. Perfect rice.
Pantry staples for a healthy lifestyle:
- whole wheat cous cous
- whole wheat pastas
- whole wheat flour
- whole wheat pastry flour
- all purpose flour
- vital wheat gluten
- nutritional yeast
- red lentils (they cook up in 5 minutes!)
- brown lentils
- black beans (canned, dried)
- kidney beans (canned, dried)
- sweet potatoes
- frozen peas
- frozen corn
- canned tomatoes
- various spices (salt, cumin, chili powder, curry powder, cinnamon, dried oregano, dried basil)
With these ingredients I can pretty much whip up a delicious and healthy meal on a whim. Keeping your pantry well stocked keeps you from sacrificing your health by eating fast food options on an impulse!
Here are some of my favorite meals that come right from the pantry:
- Pasta with Lentil Marinara
- Pasta with Mexican Black Bean Sauce
- Tortilla Pie
- Garlickly Lentils and cous cous
- Sweet Potato Black Bean Saute
- Snobby Joes
- Baked Quinoa Patties
- Chickpeas in a Romesco Sauce
- Tortilla Espanola
- Lentil Soup
- Red Lentil Soup