We’re on the lookout for Nice Things at the moment, and “beloved chefs helping you make the most of your socially distanced pantry” is the perfect combination of heartwarming and actually useful.
While the grocery stores in my neighborhood remain open, they’re running low on staples (like bread) as well as some not-quite-staples (like Flamin’ Hot Cheetos), and while in the previous world order I went to the store almost every day, I’ve cut way back in the interest of doing my part to preserve the remaining shreds of the social fabric.
Perhaps you’re in the same boat? If so, Ina Garten and Samin Nosrat are here to help.
The Barefoot Contessa announced on Instagram that she would be posting recipe ideas and substitutions, and invited her followers to describe the contents of their pantries so she could direct recipes to them. Be your own Jeffrey!
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I know so many of you are very anxious about what’s to come because I am, too. The one thing we CAN do, though, is cook for the people we love who are sheltered in place with us. Over the next days and weeks, I’ll post lots of ideas for delicious things to make from your pantry and fridge – along with substitutions if you only have granulated sugar and not brown sugar, or onions and not shallots! Please stay safe and we will take care of each other through this crisis. Tell me what’s in your pantry and I’ll think of recipes for you to make! ❤️❤️❤️
Meanwhile, Samin Nosrat and podcaster Hrishikesh Hirway are starting—yes—a podcast, Home Cooking, to “help you figure out what to do with all that quarantine pasta!” You can listen to a trailer here, and record a voice memo with your cooking questions and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bon appetit, fellow shut-ins.