I always have the following items stocked and use in many recipes:

  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Spices
    • Paprika
    • Red pepper flakes
    • Chili powder
    • Cumin
    • Coriander powder
  • Tomato Paste
  • Soy Sauce
  • Rice Vinegar
  • Sesame Oil
  • Mirin
  • Hot sauces


Here are tools I routinely use and think are worth buying from Amazon for a small apartment kitchen:

Homegrown Herbs

Currently I grow basil, thyme, and chives on my small windowsill "graden". I've found these are the easiest to take care of and ones I use most frequently.
Basil grows fairly fast so I will trim the leaves and freeze them until I have enough to make a pesto.