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How to Pull a Party out of Your Pantry
August 28, 2012 • Posted by Jean at Delightful Repast

Sometimes the best parties are the ones that happen unexpectedly. Are you at a loss when friends drop in, or are you the host who can turn any unannounced visit into an occasion? To pull a party out of your pantry, all you need is a stock of on-hand staples and a handful of fresh ingredients.

Nothing makes entertaining easier than having a plentiful pantry (including frozen and refrigerated staples) and a few quick and easy recipes. Pick several basic dishes that can be endlessly varied according to what’s in season, what’s on hand and who drops in.

Pull out an assortment of nibbles while you set to work on a soup, sauté or pasta dish featuring pantry items accented by fresh, seasonal ingredients. There’s something very satisfying about being able to whip something up on the spur of the moment.

Each cook’s pantry will be different. This list will not suit everyone. Buy only what you will actually use, and rotate your stock.

  

Baking Supplies

  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Buttermilk, powdered
  • Chocolate chips
  • Chocolate, unsweetened
  • Cocoa, unsweetened
  • Cornmeal
  • Cornstarch
  • Extract, almond, vanilla
  • Flour, unbleached all-purpose
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Nuts, raw
  • Salt
  • Spices
  • Sugar, brown, granulated and powdered
  • Yeast

Bottles

  • Brandy
  • Liqueurs
  • Marsala
  • Port
  • Rum
  • Sherry
  • Wine

Cans and Jars

  • Anchovies
  • Applesauce, unsweetened
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Bamboo shoots
  • Barbecue sauce
  • Beans, black, garbanzo, kidney, pinto
  • Broth, beef, chicken, vegetable
  • Capers
  • Chiles, chipotle
  • Chiles, green
  • Chili sauce
  • Chutneys and relishes
  • Coconut milk
  • Fruits and fruit juices
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Jams, jellies, curds
  • Ketchup
  • Mayonnaise
  • Milk, evaporated
  • Mustard,Dijonand others
  • Oil, Asian sesame
  • Oils
  • Olives
  • Peanut butter, other nut butters
  • Pickles
  • Pimientos
  • Pumpkin puree
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Salmon
  • Salsa
  • Soup
  • Soy sauce
  • Syrups
  • Tahini
  • Thai curry pastes
  • Tomato paste
  • Tomato sauce
  • Tomatoes, diced
  • Tuna
  • Vinegars
  • Water chestnuts
  • Worcestershire sauce

Dry and Packaged

  • Beans, lentils, split peas
  • Cereals
  • Coconut
  • Coffee
  • Cookies
  • Crackers
  • Fruits, dried
  • Gelatin, unflavored
  • Herbs, dried
  • Milk, powdered
  • Mushrooms, dried
  • Nuts, roasted
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • Rice and other grains
  • Seeds, sesame, sunflower, pumpkin
  • Tapioca
  • Tea
  • Tomatoes, sun-dried

Other Foods

  • Garlic, onions and shallots
  • Potatoes

Frozen Foods

  • Chicken breasts
  • Cranberries
  • Ground turkey
  • Peas
  • Phyllo
  • Puff pastry
  • Shrimp, peeled raw

Refrigerator Staples

  • Apples
  • Butter, unsalted
  • Cheese, Cheddar, cream, Monterey Jack, Parmesan, Swiss
  • Eggs
  • Ginger, fresh
  • Lemons and limes
  • Milk
  • Prosciutto
  • Sour cream
  • Whipping cream
  • Yogurt

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