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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 about 5 years ago

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sexyLAMBCHOPx
sexyLAMBCHOPx

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added about 5 years ago

Hummus, peanut butter and stock in a box.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx
sexyLAMBCHOPx

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added about 5 years ago

canned tomatoes and butter, as well!

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HalfPint
HalfPint

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added about 5 years ago

Eggs

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David
added about 5 years ago

Wine and Chocolate

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Bevi
added about 5 years ago

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

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pierino
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added about 5 years 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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GIOVANNI50
added about 5 years ago

and anchovies!

ChefJune
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added about 5 years ago

Eggs. and Wine.

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darksideofthespoon
added about 5 years ago

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
added about 5 years ago

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

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MTMitchell
added about 5 years 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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GiGi26
added about 5 years ago

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

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Mi Budare
added about 5 years ago

Cheese!!!!!!!!

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cookbookchick
added about 5 years ago

Garlic!

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Adianne
added about 5 years ago

Eggs and good bread

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bugbitten
added about 5 years ago

Chicken stock, but it's a tough question.

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ChefOno
added about 5 years ago


Rum and limes.

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bugbitten
added about 5 years ago

That's what I wanted to say!

Kristen W.
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added about 5 years 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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inpatskitchen
inpatskitchen

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added about 5 years ago

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

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Greenstuff
Greenstuff

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added about 5 years ago

Dijon mustard. I have many. All from France.

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tiffanylee
added about 5 years ago

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

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creamtea
creamtea

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added about 5 years ago

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

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drbabs
drbabs

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added about 5 years ago

Milk and coffee. Worcestershire sauce,

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Pegeen
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added about 5 years 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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susanm
added about 5 years 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.

aargersi
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added about 5 years 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
Pegeen

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added about 5 years 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...

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soojasaurus
added about 5 years ago

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

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M.McAwesome
added about 5 years 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.

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