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What is your "always gotta have on hand" food item?

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You know, that condiment or ingredient you pray you never run out of. Mine's this Fig Spread (pictured) Originally I bought it for a cheese plate, then realized it was magical! A schmear on one side of the bread makes a killer grilled cheese sandwich, whisk a dollop into a vinaigrette, glaze an apple tart out of the oven...you name it. When in doubt , I go for the fig spread.

asked by susanm 12 months ago
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added 12 months ago

Hummus, peanut butter and stock in a box.

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added 12 months ago

canned tomatoes and butter, as well!

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HalfPint

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added 12 months ago

Eggs

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added 12 months ago

Wine and Chocolate

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added 12 months ago

Agave nectar, Meyer lemons, boxed low sodium organic chx stock, butter, limes, lemons.

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pierino

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added 12 months ago

For me it's really good, imported tuna canned in olive oil. That plus about twenty varieties of dried pasta.

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added 12 months ago

and anchovies!

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ChefJune

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added 12 months ago

Eggs. and Wine.

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Anchovies
Nuts and Seeds. My freezer is stocked with all sorts of nuts, Hazelnuts, Cashews and Walnuts being my favorites.

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added 12 months ago

Peanut and/or almond butter, bananas, avocados, and alot of different grains

Melissa_mitchell
added 12 months ago

Wine, pasta, cheese, dog food (because she's really not supposed to have our "gotta have on hand" stuff and everybody in the house needs supper!). And wine.

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added 12 months ago

Peanut Butter, eggs, potatoes, pasta, chicken stock and canned tomatoes

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added 12 months ago

Cheese!!!!!!!!

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added 12 months ago

Garlic!

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Eggs and good bread

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added 12 months ago

Chicken stock, but it's a tough question.

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added 12 months ago


Rum and limes.

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added 12 months ago

That's what I wanted to say!

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added 12 months ago

Peanut butter, eggs, good canned tomatoes, tomato paste, onions, dried pasta & rice. Interesting how many repeats there are on these lists.

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added 12 months ago

Garlic, olive oil, dried pasta, good canned tomatoes, peanut butter and tuna.

Chris_in_oslo
Greenstuff

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added 12 months ago

Dijon mustard. I have many. All from France.

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Flour, yeast, butter, onions, garlic,stock,potatoes.

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Chocolate. Garlic. Lemons. Oh, and eggs, pasta, wine.

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drbabs

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added 12 months ago

Milk and coffee. Worcestershire sauce,

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Pegeen

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added 12 months ago

susanm, I'm confused! I love reading everyone's answers about what's in their pantry... it makes me feel less alone! But was your question to choose just one thing? Assuming water and salt are freebies (kind of like Lynne Rossetto Kasper's "Splendid Table" call-in segment on her radio show, where callers throw a weird list of ingredients at her, but she's at least allowed to have water, salt, pepper), I'd have to go with eggs, pasta or potatoes. Pasta lasts longest, final answer.

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added 12 months ago

i probably asked the question wrong...i wasn't looking for pantry items. more like: your best kept secret item and how you use it. i guess everyone took it a bit too literally.

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aargersi

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added 12 months ago

Oh man there are millions! Good canned tomatoes, coconut milk, lentils, beans, dried chilis and good chili powder and to be honest - a whole ton of spices, broth and dried cranberries and nuts, couple kinds of rice and pasta. OK I am blowing it - basically I need access to an entire grocery store at all times.
Let's not even get started on the fridge / freezer!!!

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Pegeen

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added 12 months ago

Demi glace is a great miracle ingredient. I tried to make it once from roasted bones, etc., but it took a very long time and didn't compare to what you can buy. It's expensive but a little bit goes a long way, and it lasts a long time.
http://www.morethangourmet...

Skprof
added 12 months ago

Bread. Cheese. Butter. Grilled cheese is like a food group.

Stringio
added 12 months ago

I like to have ingredients to make something like a frittata. This way if I need something quick and impressive, whip up something delicious then eggs, cheese, and assorted veggies.