Hi fellow chowhounds-
A long time diner-out'er, it's time to economize and prepare/cook meals at home. I am a simple cook. The often stumbling block is not having good basic ingredients (shelf stable) in the pantry. My current kitchen afforded me tiny space. I am about to move and have a much larger kitchen (and much larger living expenses to match). Can you help me out with a list of items (and brands) of the array of basics one needs to cook at home without having to trek to the store just to get started. Or perhaps, you can direct me to a website or cookbook or article that has a list. Also, taking suggestions for utensils, knives, appliances--I likely will "register" for apt warming presents. I noticed a list like this in Rachel Ray's premier magazine issue. But, I prefer to hear from my fellow chowhounds (for foie gras, I will continue to dine at Aureole or Bouley--just ask others to foot the bill--in return, I hope to prepare good, solid home cooked meals for friends and family).
PS-Please no suggestions for takeout menus--I have plenty of those already.
Thanks ahead for your help.