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    Default Favorite pantry item

    I realized tonight that I cannot cook without my chicken and beef bases. I get them cheaply at Sam's, and find I use them all the time.

    Sitting here on a cold night, cooking a pot of chicken tortilla soup, it smells wonderful.

    What's your favorite pantry item?
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    I am with you on the stock add Vermouth to that and some great cheese.



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    I'm particularly fond of sea salt. And while it's not really a pantry item, fresh garlic is a staple at our house.
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    Garlic and capers. I guess they aren't really "pantry" per se, but I use them all the time! Often together.



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    Booze. Everything my husband cooks seems to have wine, vermouth, etc. Everything I bake has beer in it. Makes everything better!
    "Remain relentlessly cheerful."

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    Butter, blue cheese, those stock bases, and fresh garlic.



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    Bacon fat
    Butta
    Garlic
    onions
    Wine
    Vinegars-cider, red wine, rice, sherry, champagne, white
    Homemade chicken stock



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    Bacon fat
    Butta
    Garlic
    onions
    Wine
    Vinegars-cider, red wine, rice, sherry, champagne, white
    Homemade chicken stock



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    I forgot my husband's staples: white truffle oil and duck fat. Just toasting bread in duck fat and drizzling it with truffle oil and balsamic and some parmesan is awesome.
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    Butter, broth (canned, not from a paste or cube as those are salt, and even then I feel guilty but until I have a chest freezer I do not have room to keep enough real stock on hand), cheeses (lots of cheeses, from shredded to asiago to Michigan-produced feta) and dry pastas and rice. And whenever possible, eggs. At which point, i can pretty much make a meal with whatever else is around. (Now I'm craving risotto....)



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    Cinnamon.



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    Maldon sea salt!



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    Sea salt
    butta
    better than bouillon
    quinoa
    olive oil (good flavored ones too)
    balsamic
    shallots
    smoked and flavored sea salts



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    Oh man, I just whipped up a pasta dish tonight with some leftover kielbasa and zucchini, and threw in some chicken broth to make a bit of a sauce...that broth was SO good afterward that I saved the 1/4c I had left because damn if I'll let it go down the drain! I'll find SOME way to use it!
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    Peanut butter.
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    olive oil, rice, pasta, and diced tomatoes. We had a LOT of tomatoes from our garden last year and ended up with MANY gallons of tomatoes that we froze...now we are working on using them all up before our garden starts producing again.



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    Lemons -- brighten up a ton of things, from steamed veggies to chicken to water.

    Butter, chicken broth, a good cajun seasoning mix and Montreal Steak seasoning for quick dinners at night. Both work well on about any white (cajun) or red (MS) meat so if I don't have time to marinate, dinner is still tasty.

    Red wine and onions.



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    Definitely butter. And real maple syrup.
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    KA's diced sweet ginger (lemon & ginger waffles, oh my!!!)
    Lemons
    Made for The Berry Farm (and others) salad dressing with apples & Vidalia onions
    buttermilk (Kate's)
    wine...the more the merrier
    and then there's Ed's fake oatmeal....
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    I hate to admit, especially since a lot you seem to be hard core cooks, but I LOVE the jarred minced garlic. For my lifestyle (single, long work hours) and my cooking habits (throw some things in a pot and see what happens), and my undying love of garlic, it is the easiest, best way for me to chuck ungodly amounts of garlic into just about everything I cook (hmm....and I wonder why I'm single? ). I was putting spoonfuls of it in my store bought chicken soup this week as I fought my demon virus. Very handy, because god knows I didn't have the energy or wherewithal to deal with fresh garlic.

    I also love olive oil and I have a grinder of garlic pepper that I grind on everything....salads, meat, one pot magic meals, you name it.



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    And here I was, about to proudly declare "cadbury milk chocolate digestive cookies!"
    I'll still say it, but a little sheepishly compared to all these actual cooking items..... I mean it IS in my pantry...
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