What are your favorite ingredients and tools? Pancetta, soy sauce, and ginger. Pancetta does amazing things for soups, pastas, mac and cheese. You get that porky flavor without the smokiness of bacon. Soy sauce is kind of my ketchup. You can stir fry almost anything with a little soy sauce and garlic and it'll taste good. With ginger, I love it sweet as much as savory. On tools, I'll just say when we moved up to Seattle and were in temporary housing for a while, I had a whisk, a pair of tongs and a microplane stashed in my suitcase. I'd also add the mini-mandoline from Ichiban Kan, a Japanese dollar store in my old neighborhood. It's handy for super thinly slicing cucumbers and carrots for salads.