Huffington Post     First Posted: 04/26/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:35 PM ET

Before you even think about picking up that spatula, make sure you have all your bases covered. To assist you in your cooking ventures during The Week Of Eating In, here's a list of kitchen staples you should always keep in plentiful supply. You never know when you're going to need vegetable stock or herbs, and don't you just hate starting a new recipe only to discover you're missing the most basic ingredient? With this arsenal of supplies at your ready, you'll be prepared to handle most cooking situations. What do you think are the most important kitchen staples? Vote on the biggest necessity below.

Fresh Herbs As A Houseplant
This is an easy and fun way to kill two birds with the same stone: never have to pay for bunches of fresh herbs that wilt within one week, and adorn your home with something fragrant and fetching. Grow some fresh herbs at home, even in the winter (rosemary is a hardy winter herb), by putting a few of your favorite types in planters by the windowsill, or wherever sunny. It’ll be hands-down the freshest herbs you can add to your plant, since it’s only a few feet away from the stove (well, in my small apartment), and it really makes so much more sense to take small snips at a time rather than have to buy expensive and highly perishable heapings and figure out what to do with the rest of the bunch before it goes bad.
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