What’s in your pandemic pantry? These staples turn home cooking into cuisine

Molly Broder re­members it like it was yesterday.

When she and her husband, Tom, opened Broder’s Cucina Italiana in 1982, “no one in Minnesota had even heard of balsamic vinegar,” she said. “Olive oil was almost impossible to find. Grocery stores only carried a tiny pyramid-shaped bottle called Pompeii, enough for one rarely cooked recipe.”

What a difference a generation makes. Actually, in kitchen terms, countless generations have transpired in just a few decades as items once considered esoteric have expanded kitchen shelves exponentially.

The result: Today’s pantries are truly, madly, deeply richer and fuller than 30, 20, even 10 years ago. The quantity and quality of packaged food has skyrocketed, and so has its availability. Once found only at ethnic markets and co-ops, now most grocery stores carry expansive selections.

The cupboards of enthusiastic home cooks have dozens of new and/or improved products — oils and vinegars, pastas and

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What’s Your Best Restaurant-Inspired Recipe For Dining In?

Share your best restaurant-inspired recipe, and let’s discover our communities’ most beloved eateries.



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What’s a restaurant dish that’s been keeping your palate afloat during lockdown measures, when it feels like you’ve been around your own repertoire 30 times and just can’t figure out what to make next? Which chefs’ recipes inspire your dining-out fantasies—the meals you can’t wait to savor again?

Although widespread vaccine programs will help us all eventually return to restaurants, the industry is still suffering. As 2020 continued along, so did the restaurant casualties. Now, as the winter weather in many places restricts outdoor dining, establishments large and small have been hit hard again by another sharp reduction in business.

We’ve all been trying to support our communities during the COVID-19 crisis, and we are asking for your help to spread the word and lift up these restaurants. For

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What’s the Best White Wine for Cooking? Here Are the Top Bottles (and How to Choose Them, According to 3 Food Pros)

You’re whipping up a classic chicken Marbella, and the Ina Garten recipe you’re following calls for “dry white wine.” You can’t exactly phone the Contessa herself, but come on, Ina: What the heck does that even mean? Pinot grigio is dry…but so is sauvignon blanc. What gives?

Cooking with wine can be totally confusing. While you might be tempted to grab whatever is hanging out in the back of your fridge, it actually does matter which bottle you choose—to an extent. We asked three food professionals (including a master sommelier, a chef and a nutrition director) to find out once and for all how to choose the best white wine for cooking.

1. Choose a white wine with high acidity and light fruit flavors

Celine Beitchman, director of nutrition at the Institute of Culinary Education, suggests a light- to medium-bodied white for cooking. “Unless you’re making a sweet

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Gaby Dalkin of ‘What’s Gaby Cooking’ Just Gave Us an Exclusive Tour of Her Kitchen

Gaby Dalkin is a cookbook author, chef, food and lifestyle writer—and has a very organized kitchen that we can’t wait to share with you.

We caught up with Dalkin to take a look through her pantry, fridge, and countertop smoothie station, and got some intel on her plans for a remodel that will transform her kitchen into her dream What’s Gaby Cooking kitchen. Post-quarantine, Dalkin plans to reimagine the space to include a larger gas range, improved placement and flow of appliances, and a general reconfiguration for her creative process.

Watch the video above for the whole tour, and check out highlights below.

Dalkin, who just released her second cookbook, Eat What You Want ($30, williams-sonoma.com), has plenty of kitchen organization inspiration and tips on must-have pantry and fridge staples.

First up, the pantry: Dalkin currently has a cubby-style pantry that’s organized by ingredient type so she can

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