The 3 Ingredients (and One Appliance) Iron Chef Cat Cora Always Keeps in Her Kitchen

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Cat Cora knows having the proper ingredients in your kitchen is key. And she’s giving us a sneak peek into her pantry. 

PureWow recently sat down to chat (via Zoom, of course) with Cora about her latest partnership with Pepsi and their event, “Dinner & A Movie,” where viewers ordered takeout from a local restaurant before tuning in to a special YouTube Premiere screening of the award-winning documentary A Fine Line.

During the interview, the Iron Chef revealed three ingredients that she always has in her kitchen, especially during these times where she is cooking at home (for a family of six) more than she ever has before. 

“I always have citrus. I always have some kind of lemon, lime or orange something to just brighten food,” she stated. “That kind of stuff can just freshen your food in such a quick way plus its a way to get your hands on some vitamin since we all need right now. It brightens food without the calories, fat, the carbohydrates. I also have a lot of olive oil stocked up. I always have some onion, garlic—things that enhance the flavorings of food. And I’m using my dry spices more than ever right now.” 

The 53-year-old entrepreneur also opened up about her all-time favorite kitchen tool: her blender. 

“I'm using my small Nutriblender for making a lot of smoothies for all the boys,” she continued. “I'm using it for purees and things like that because those are a great way to change things up. If you have chips and you want to make some hummus. Use things that you have on hand and use things that are shelf-stable, pull your blender out and use it chop foods, puree foods and to make sauces and things like that.” 

We’re adding all of these to our shopping list. 

Cat Cora Reveals Her Secret to Feeding a Large Family During Quarantine