4 Ingredients You Need in Your Pantry + Takeout Inspired Weekly Dinner Menu

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I don’t know when it happened but at some point I fell in love with the flavors of eastern and southeast asian cuisine. Most people consider items like olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and BBQ sauce as kitchen staples, but I would argue that ingredients like hoisin, rice vinegar, fish sauce, and sesame oil are just as important.

Today I want to share about my 4 favorite east and southeast Asian pantry staples and share a takeout inspired menu with you.

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6 Food Prep Items Every Home Cook Needs + Greek Inspired Weekly Dinner Menu

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Trust me, you don’t need a ton of fancy kitchen gadgets to be a good home cook. I would argue the opposite. All you need are a few decent quality kitchen tools to get started. I did include one electric kitchen gadget that I believe is a must (only because it’s pretty hard to blend soup by hand).

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Need to Fill a Large Wall? Make this DIY Letter Ledge.

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I love our formal living room, but it’s been one of the hardest rooms in my house to decorate because it’s so big and it has a rather large main wall.

After almost 2 years of living with the room completely unfurnished I decided to buy some furniture, and install some built in bookshelves. But even with all that effort and decor, there was still something missing. The room was missing some type of art or object to go on the wall. I didn’t want large scale art so I ended up settling on a large letter ledge instead.

I’m not a HUGE fan of quotes but this letter ledge has actually been one of my favorite additions to the house. I love that I can change out verbiage to adjust to the mood of our home (it’s also great for holidays and birthdays).

This DIY has about 10 minutes of hands-on time and is easy to install.

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Directions

Start by staining or painting the trim/moulding. Let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Once the trim is completely dry, drill a few holes into each strip of trim (I drilled 6 equally spaced holes per strip of wood).

Using your nails and hammer, attach the trim directly to the wall (Because the trim is so light, it can be attached directly into drywall).

Once the trim is attached to the wall you can add the letters on top of the ledge and you’re all done!