Ok, if you check in your refrigerator or panty we all have certain staples; milk, bread, cheese, soup, etc...but do you always have (and why) that might not be so everyday? I am thinking I might find some inspiration from you guys to switch up my basics...which is what I look to when building my menus. For me, off the top of my head I always have: Carmalized onions...such a pain to do, so about every 2-3 weeks I do a huge batch and put them in ziplock bags in the freezer. Roasted garlic...love to have it hand to spice up just about anything or make garlic toast. Mire Poix, again, I do it in large batches and freeze...that way I can liven up rice, noodles, etc quickly. Even my son will use it to make ramen, which loves as an after school snack.