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PANTRY STAPLES: A look at what I always have on hand.

Posted Feb 14 2013 12:31pm
 I know what you're thinking...Dijon? Really? Yes, really. I love anything that stays good for a long time and adds a punch of flavor. Its also in my Soy Flank Steak marinade and sometimes I'll add it to random dishes, like Chicken Parmesan . I'll mix it in with my eggs and water (usually about 1T).

Well, this should come as a surprise. Not! I LOVE low-fat cream cheese. I even keep extras in my freezer so that I am never without it. I use this all the time! I like to use it instead of heavy cream in pasta dishes and to bump up the creaminess in desserts.

{Lighter} Cajun Chicken Pasta
Oreo Balls
Chicken & Artichoke Pasta
White Chicken Chili
Creamy Tomato Soup
Baked Chicken Taquitos
Creamy Mexican Chicken
Buffalo Chicken Bites

From sweet to tart...I keep vinegar on hand at all times. I love it in marinades because it helps break down the connective tissues of the meat making it easier to cut and chew. The apple cider vinegar is for Chris - he is a BBQ and meat smoking fanatic. The white vinegar is mine, and it's used in several dishes you'll find here, but I also use it for cleaning!

I mix a little vinegar with baking soda to clean my washing machine, take the smell out of mildewy towels and get stuck on grime off the side of my sink. It's very multi-purpose!

Spices galore! this a very small sampling of what's in my spice cabinet. Here is a list of what I would consider "Spice Staples:"

Onion powder
Garlic powder
Chili powder
Cayenne pepper
Chili flakes
Cajun seasoning

Canned goods...this drawer is ONLY tomato products. I keep tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, fire roasted, rotel, tomato paste, San Marzano tomatoes...and you know what's funny? I don't EAT tomatoes. Give me a slice of tomato on a sandwich and I will pick it off. Make me tomato soup and I'm a happy girl. Go figure. Check out my Creamy Tomato Soup and my Spicy Tomato Soup in 30 minutes .

I also have a drawer dedicated to beans...I keep black beans, kidney beans, garbanzo beans and great northern beans on hand all the time, as well as green beans and (not a bean) corn. It's great for chili (check out Sara's Turkey Chili and my White Chicken Chili ).

Stock! Lots and lots of stock! I keep chicken and beef broth in my panty all the time. I need to replenish my beef broth supply...I'm down to 2 boxes!
Lots of my soups and stews and even pasta dishes use stock or broth. To name a few...
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Soup Five Star Pasta  Chicken Piccata  

Other regular staples include:

Wheat flour
Baking soda
Baking powder
Brown sugar
Powdered sugar
Chocolate chip
William's Chili Seasoning
Buttermilk ranch seasoning
Fresh fruits and veggies
A stocked freezer - chicken, chunk roasts, steaks, flank steak, pork tenderloins, frozen corn, frozen fruit (for smoothies), extra cream cheese etc.
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