Monday, January 12, 2009

A Well Stocked Pantry

I think it would also be helpful to provide a list of ingredients that I always keep on hand in order to make pretty much any recipe I may post. Always have the following on hand because a combination of any of these ingredients can make a quick dinner any night of the week:

Canned Food
(1) Canned Crushed Tomatoes
(2) Canned Diced Tomatoes (have a variety, plain, diced with green chiles, Italian style, etc.)
(3) Canned Tomato Sauce
(4) Canned Tomato Paste
(5) Canned Beans (a variety -- Black, White, Kidney, Pinto, etc. but especially Black and Kidney)
(6) Canned Corn
(7) Canned green chilies
(8) Variety of Cream of Soup
(9) Evaporated Milk (both whole and skim)
(10) Chicken Stock
(11) Beef Stock

Dried Food
(1) Instant Brown Rice or Instant White Rice
(2) Short Pasta
(3) Fetucinne Noodles
(4) Spagetti Noodles

Flour, Oils and Spices
(1) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
(2) Crisco (vegetable shortening)
(3) Canola or Vegetable Oil
(4) Self-rising All Purpose Flour
(5) Sugar
(6) Kosher Salt
(7) Pepper
(8) Cumin
(9) Steak Seasoning
(10) Granulated Garlic
(11) Italian Seasoning
(12) Oregano
(13) Basil
(14) Sage
(15) Mrs. Dash or Emeril's Essence
(16) Crushed Red Pepper
(17) Chili Powder
(18) Onion Powder

Vegetables (fresh and frozen)
(1) Onions (buy the bag of yellow onions, its cheaper)
(2) Potatoes (buy the bag and also keep some frozen hash browns on hand)
(3) Garlic
(4) Celery (fresh)
(5) Carrots (fresh)
(6) Parsley or Cilantro
(7) Frozen Broccoli
(8) Frozen Peas

Dariy and Meats
(1) Cheddar Cheese (either in preshredded or block form)
(2) Bacon (either regular or turkey)
(3) Parmesan Cheese
(4) Milk
(5) Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
(6) Ground Turkey

And that's about all... Look to the recipies for additional items!

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