Chile’s merquén is a key spice in Latin American cooking.
When I decided to delve into Latin American cooking as a young adult, I realized I would have to build my pantry from scratch. Reaching back to my memories of cooking Cuban food with my grandparents, I began to stock it with the things I used to reach for instinctively. Going further, I added a few items I have found along the way that weren’t strictly part my grandparents Cuban pantry but seemed to fit right in.
Still, I didn’t realize how difficult it would be to come up with a list of only the essential items for a Latin pantry. I worried what I might be leaving out but didn’t want to include specialty items that may find themselves neglected after one use (like the adzuki beans, pistachio oil, and purple yam powder now taking up precious cupboard space) . I tried to include the items that lend themselves to the largest array of recipes and dishes. Mostly, I wanted to pull together a list of ingredients that make me feel at home no matter where I find myself.
A glimpse inside my crowded pantry.
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Levi Roots uses coconut in everything from salsa to curry to dessert
Looking to try your hand at a new cuisine? As a major spice-lover, I’ve always been intrigued by the flavors of the Caribbean. Now I’m excited to try them in my own kitchen with recipes from Caribbean Food Made Easy.
Host Levi Roots’s recipes are straightforward, but a few of the ingredients had me stumped. You, too? That’s why we’ve compiled this handy Caribbean Pantry list with explanations of the cuisine’s top ten essentials, plus ideas on where to find them and tips for what to substitute if you can’t.
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What’s the first step to cooking like an Iron Chef? Nope, not a fancy culinary degree or years of experience toiling in the kitchens of famous French chefs. We’re starting with the basics. According to Iron Chef Michael Symon himself—and host of Cooking Channel’s new series Cook Like an Iron Chef—the ingredients you keep in the pantry are key.
In our web-exclusive video straight from the Cook Like An Iron Chef kitchen, Michael lets you in on some secrets of how to stock your pantry like a pro. With his go-to ingredients on hand, you’ll be Kitchen Stadium-ready in no time.
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