kitchen essentials


To be properly equipped in the cocina doesn’t take much.

Fancy garlic gadgets, pod coffee machines, panini press, all of these things are a waste of space, time, and money.

If your kitchen is anything like mine, surface area is minimal therefore less is more.

These simple tools are what every kitchen should have.


From left to right-  sauce spoon, fine grater (Microplane is the best!), vegetable peeler, whisk, SHARP knife, wooden spoon, fish/all-purpose spatula, rubber spatula.

You can bet that every cooking gig I work these guys are coming with!


Cutting board, plenty of mixing bowls and the oh so coveted mandolin.

My mandolin is one of my best friends.  She’s Japanese, makes consistently perfect cuts, and saves me loads of time.

I highly suggest going on and buying a Benriner Japanese Mandolin, pronto.

In addition to these fellas, I couldn’t live without a cast iron, strainer, small non-stick skillet, digital scale, sharpening stone and a wok.

Take good care of your tools!  If you treat them well and buy good quality brands they’ll last decades.


The pantry.  Do people still have those…?  Anyways, these key ingredients should always be stocked in your kitchen so you can cook up an unexpected dinner without worries.

From left to right-  GOOD olive oil, citrus, pepper mill, hot sauce, garlic, honey, soy sauce, vinegar.  SALT is also a must, I prefer sea salt or kosher.

I will soon be starting a “Meals for under 20 pesos” series.  That’s about 5 U.S. bucks.

Buenos Aires just looooves hyper inflation and going out to eat is not an option for many of us due to the rapidly increasing prices.

The goal is to show you how to make creative TASTY healthy-ish meals on a low-budget.  Stay tuned.



  1. […] Hello fellow cooks and welcome to the start of a new series, Deals on Meals.  The concept behind Deals on Meals is to teach others how to prepare wholesome CHEAP tasty dishes.  Each meal will not exceed 20 pesos as long as your kitchen has the essential ingredients.  […]

  2. […] This recipe can be a bit time consuming if you’re making everything on your own, as in all fresh ingredients, no cans or labels!  It’s totally worth it.!!  Make bigger portions and use them throughout the week in different dishes.  This is what I LOVE about Mexican flavors.  Keep them handy and get ready to jazz up the simplest dishes.  Think cilantro-black beans-lime-chilis-avocados, on everything!!  Mmm these goodies are always in my kitchen.  As well as garlic and a few other kitchen essentials. […]

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