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

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.

  • Posted by: susanm
  • September 13, 2013
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sexyLAMBCHOPx
sexyLAMBCHOPx September 13, 2013

Hummus, peanut butter and stock in a box.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx
sexyLAMBCHOPx September 13, 2013

canned tomatoes and butter, as well!

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HalfPint
HalfPint September 13, 2013

Eggs

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David
David September 13, 2013

Wine and Chocolate

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Bevi
Bevi September 13, 2013

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

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pierino
pierino September 13, 2013

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

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GIOVANNI50
GIOVANNI50 September 16, 2013

and anchovies!

ChefJune
ChefJune September 13, 2013

Eggs. and Wine.

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darksideofthespoon
darksideofthespoon September 13, 2013

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

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ZombieCupcake
ZombieCupcake September 13, 2013

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

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MTMitchell
MTMitchell September 13, 2013

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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GiGi26
GiGi26 September 13, 2013

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

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Mi Budare
Mi Budare September 13, 2013

Cheese!!!!!!!!

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cookbookchick
cookbookchick September 13, 2013

Garlic!

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Adianne
Adianne September 13, 2013

Eggs and good bread

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bugbitten
bugbitten September 13, 2013

Chicken stock, but it's a tough question.

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ChefOno
ChefOno September 14, 2013

Rum and limes.

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bugbitten
bugbitten September 14, 2013

That's what I wanted to say!

Kristen W.
Kristen W. September 14, 2013

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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inpatskitchen
inpatskitchen September 14, 2013

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

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Greenstuff
Greenstuff September 14, 2013

Dijon mustard. I have many. All from France.

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tiffanylee
tiffanylee September 14, 2013

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

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Voted the Best Reply!

Pegeen
Pegeen September 14, 2013

Ambien. (It counts as a carbohydrate.)

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bugbitten
bugbitten September 15, 2013

I only keep it around if I'm doing Ambien brownies.

creamtea
creamtea September 14, 2013

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

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drbabs
drbabs September 14, 2013

Milk and coffee. Worcestershire sauce,

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Pegeen
Pegeen September 15, 2013

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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susanm
susanm September 16, 2013

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.

aargersi
aargersi September 16, 2013

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
Pegeen September 16, 2013

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.com/pantry-stock-sauces-gourmet-soups

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soojasaurus
soojasaurus September 16, 2013

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

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M.McAwesome
M.McAwesome September 18, 2013

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.

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