Thirteen things in my pantry (or refrigerator) that I consider staples:
- Coffee–sad, isn’t it?
- Pasta shells–I add those little things in all kinds of dishes. And, if I’m really desperate, I eat ’em plain with butter!
- Tomato sauce. Nothing better than macaroni and tomato sauce. It’s a childhood dish and good for what ails you. Add bacon grease, garlic, crushed black pepper, oregano, the options are endless…
- Beans: canned or dried–canned are good for a quick vegetarian chili.
- Canned tomatoes–it’s a sad day when we’re out of these. What can I possibly make for dinner??
- Rice–I’m from Louisiana folks, and a meal is barely a meal without rice.
- Flour–that’s a given, right? Make flatbread, chapatis, muffins, cookies, tortillas…
- Coffee creamer–always a good reason for running to the store.
- Soymilk–I have even used it to make milk gravy. You grow accustomed to the sweeter taste.
- Cheddar cheese–the sharper the better
- Sweeteners: honey, molasses and brown sugar are all-purpose. I love to dip hot buttermilk biscuits into molasses mixed with butter.
- Butter–while we’re talking about it. Someone eats too much of it around here!
- Fresh veggies. I always buy mine at Save-A-Lot: great value for a tiny price. Right now, bell peppers (red and green) are two for 99 cents. Avocados are 79 cents a piece.
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