By Sherrie Newman
WITH AN INNATE talent for cooking and a
creative imagination, Chef Dan, as my hus-
band is affectionately known among family
and friends, is a terrific home chef. He loves
whipping up everything from lemon-roasted
chicken and cedar-plank-grilled salmon to a
wicked seafood stew, and his passion for cook-
ing is reflected in every meal.
the other for cooking in quantities.
For salads and so on, Dan prefers the
Kirkland Signature 1-liter DO (designation of
origin) certified olive oil, which indicates that
it’s 100 percent from a specific geographical
location, such as Siurana in Spain.
“It provides a bright, grassy taste,” he says.
“[It has] a rich flavor that is so apparent to
For cooking, there’s the 2-liter Kirkland
Signature Extra Virgin Olive Oil. It’s a versatile
olive oil that holds up well to heat and comple-
ments everything from vegetables to meats.
Spices. Spices are vital for cooking and
baking, so a proper pantry is stocked with
salt, black pepper, dried minced garlic,
vanilla and cinnamon.
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Always being prepared for creative ideas
requires a well-stocked pantry. Such a pantry (in the type and quality of items) can
mean the difference between great success
and dismal failure for everything from quick
snacks to elaborate meals. Have the right items
in your pantry and the prep process will go
so much smoother. And if you have the best
ingredients, you’ll taste the difference.
Here’s a peek inside a perfect pantry,
stocked with Kirkland Signature™ products
from Costco, based on recommendations
from Dan and several Costco buyers.
Oils. The list starts with oil, the first
ingredient in so many excellent recipes. For
olive oil, consider keeping two types on hand
in the pantry: one for salads and dipping, and
Building the perfect pantry
with Kirkland Signature