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Old 09-04-2005, 01:10 PM   #1
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What are your kitchen staples?

what is always in your fridge or cupboards or pantry, without fail?
i always have these:
canned cream of mushroom and canned tomato soup, chips or crackers, beef/ham/chicken base, macaroni and cheese (stouffer's and the blue box kind), rice krispies, special k, and a few other kinds of cereals, canned peas, olive oil, pasta, garlic, whole milk, heavy cream, cheese, good hearty German mustard and the cheap yellow kind and several others, A-1, worcestershire, olives, eggs, butter, red and yukon gold taters,
and some other stuff.
and the packages of pasterized process cheese food product and the packages of ramen noodles and the chef boyardee spaghetti and meatballs that i eat when no one's looking.
what do you always have around?

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Old 09-04-2005, 01:22 PM   #2
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I always have:

canned whole tomatoes
canned petite diced tomatoes
tomato sauce
all sorts of pasta shapes
green chilies
green and red enchilada sauce
low sodium chicken broth
low sodium beef broth
low sodium vegetable broth
Ancho chilis in adobo
cornmeal
flour
sugar
garlic
olive oil
balsamic vinegar
white, red, sherry vinegar, apple cider, etc
a really good EVOO
Chilula hot sauce
red peppers
onions
carrots
mushrooms
eggs
butter
some kind of "diet" butter
12-grain bread
Canadian bacon
whole wheat English muffins
(we make our own Egg McMuffins - they are very healthy and filling)
fresh cilantro
fresh Italian parsley
limes
spring onions
shallots
ketchup mustard
Worchestershire
low sodium soy sauce
kalamata olives
frozen peas
frozen corn
rice paper for summer rolls
nori for sushi
wasabi
masago (in freezer)
pickled ginger
sake
dry sherry
Vermouth
port
burgundy
chardonnay
beef base
chicken base
vegetable base
milk
half and half
horseradish
chili sauce
hoisin
oyster sauce
red pepper, chili sauce
hot mustard
sweet hot mustard
Dijon
grain mustard
a wide variety of cheese:
ricotta
ricotta salata
aged Parmesan
aged Gouda
good ol' American cheese slices
mayonnaise
salad dressing
pine nuts
I usually have some frozen pesto
black beans
navy beans
Arborio rice
sushi rice
long grain rice
Israeli Couscous


I could go on with more staples but it might be kind of boring especially when I get into the herbs and spices I am never without - more things are popping into my head but I'll stop.
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Old 09-04-2005, 02:08 PM   #3
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Can I come shopping at your house?
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Old 09-04-2005, 02:16 PM   #4
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lol Andy M. It does kind of look like a grocery store! I'll see if I can take a picture of my one shelving unit.
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Old 09-04-2005, 02:56 PM   #5
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Old 09-04-2005, 03:07 PM   #6
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awesome, elf! it looks like the shelving that's built into the wall of the cold cellar at my other house but yours has even more staples in it- mours is only packed mainly with canned goods and stuff, though.
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Old 09-04-2005, 04:04 PM   #7
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I'm with you on the canned spaghetti and meatballs....and I eat them straight out of the can-cold....lol
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Old 09-04-2005, 05:22 PM   #8
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Elf, I LOVE the strawberries in the chocolate tuxedos!!!!
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Old 09-04-2005, 05:51 PM   #9
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I was lucky when we built our home, I have a very large walk in pantry that I love. My girls will often say they are going grocery shopping at mom's I keep

chocolate, all kinds
all pasta shapes
evoo, walnut oil, veggie oil, peanut oil
jams, jellies
sauces both liquid and dry
rice, arborio,long grain, brown
bread flour, self rising flour, a/p flour, semolina, rice flour,rye and wheat flour
canned fruit and a few veggies
crackers
anchovies, tuna,
several soups
chix, beef, fish, and veggie broth
clams, clam juice
worcestershire
various mustards, mayo, miracle whip
freezer has home made chix and veal stock, chicken, beef, pork, veggies homemade bread, pot pies, ,pasta and ravioli sauce, ravioli and fresh homemade pasta..
refrigerator, milk, cream, mascarpone, creme fraice, eggs, fresh veggies several days worth of meats, chicken, fish, pork maybe one day each
herb both fresh and dry, salts kosher, coarse, fleur de sal, grey salt..peppercorns.marsala, rum, tequilla, vermout, wines, beer, sparkling water..Geez, enough already...I guess you've guessed by now, I'm a food NUT!!!
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Old 09-04-2005, 05:57 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by -DEADLY SUSHI-
Elf, I LOVE the strawberries in the chocolate tuxedos!!!!
Sorry Sush - actually Floridagirl made those! I've made something similar but not NEAR as detailed - that takes patience and talent.
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