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What Are Your Self-Stable (or mostly so) Pantry Items that you keep "in case company comes"

pinehurst Mar 25, 2011 06:07 PM

Mine are

Good Parmesan cheese (keeps a long time in the fridge)
Assorted crackers
Roasted Almonds
Olives (various types)
Good pasta and
Good Olive Oil
Tuna in Olive Oil
Tea biscuits

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    LauraGrace Mar 29, 2011 08:51 AM

    This brings back very fond childhood memories, pinehurst! My folks ALWAYS had a big can of peach halves in the pantry to make my dad's signature broiled peaches if company dropped in. There's nothing fancy or highbrow about it, but it sure is delicious over ice cream!

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      beevod Mar 29, 2011 07:49 AM

      A take-out menu

      1. ursy_ten Mar 29, 2011 04:42 AM

        Chick peas, tahini and lemon juice in case I want to whip up a batch of hommus
        Some camembert or brie in the fridge
        Staples like sugar, flour, butter, eggs, etc - just because you can make so many things with them - pasta, pastry, cookies, cakes, pancakes, crepes, roux...

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          Sharuf Mar 26, 2011 05:20 AM

          Trader Joes has various tasty Indian things that you can simmer in their plastic packages. The spinach one is my favorite.

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            pinehurst Mar 28, 2011 04:23 AM

            Sharuf, I have seen these but have never purchased. Are these frozen or shelf-stable? Shaebones, you have me thinking to make a batch of blondies. I haven't had a good one in twenty years. Wow.

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              Sharuf Mar 29, 2011 12:51 AM

              The Indian things are shelf-stable in plastic pouches.

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                shaebones Mar 29, 2011 02:00 AM

                The CI recipe for Blondies is the best!

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              shaebones Mar 25, 2011 10:53 PM

              Something rich and sweet. Always have something like blondies in the freezer.

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