The Taste of Auterity: Ingredients

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It never occurred to me to look for inexpensive ingredients. By cooking at home, I'm saving loads (and eating healthier). But I'm more than open to the idea of cheap ingredients that taste like a million bucks.

Interestingly, this list comes from Zagat, who has led me to many an opulent meal. You can see the slideshow here, or jump directly to each item for more info, below.

Polenta

I have never cooked with polenta! But I'll be trying this recipe for Creamy Corn-Studded Polenta first.

Celery Root

I'm not sure about this one. It looks difficult to manage, and kind of a pain.

Shallots

Clearly I need to be using these more. Depth, now that is what I need in my soups.

Anchovies

Pass.

Rutabaga

Probably great roasted in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper, right? And mashed? On my shopping list.

Bacon

Ha. I most definitely did know about this one. (But really, who can justify the fat?)

Sriracha

Already in my fridge, but we didn't realise it had so many uses.

My takeaway from this list is polenta (the real thing, not instant) and rutabaga. Now, if only I could figure out how to love quinoa. Although that most definitely does not belong on this list...