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Pantry Cooking During COVID-19

The Upside

Social distancing means shopping less or at any rate less frequently. It means your ingredients are your ingredients. There’s no following recipes strictly now.

This is most excellent news for your cooking. I may hawk recipes for a living, but I think it’s true. There are rules to follow, of course: how to roast or steam or fry; how ingredients interact. But when recipes become a prompt instead of a list of instructions, your pathways to the delicious increase in width and number. So does your confidence in the kitchen. Can’t make X because you don’t have Y? What might you use instead? How might you do it instead? Build the hack. Revel in your success.  

-Sam Sifton, NY Times "Beyond Recipes".  April 22, 2020.