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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 almost 3 years ago
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sexyLAMBCHOPx

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added almost 3 years ago

Hummus, peanut butter and stock in a box.

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sexyLAMBCHOPx

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added almost 3 years ago

canned tomatoes and butter, as well!

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HalfPint

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added almost 3 years ago

Eggs

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Wine and Chocolate

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

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pierino

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added almost 3 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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and anchovies!

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ChefJune

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added almost 3 years ago

Eggs. and Wine.

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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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added almost 3 years ago

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

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added almost 3 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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Peanut Butter, eggs, potatoes, pasta, chicken stock and canned tomatoes

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Cheese!!!!!!!!

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Garlic!

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Eggs and good bread

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Chicken stock, but it's a tough question.

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Rum and limes.

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That's what I wanted to say!

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Kristen W.

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added almost 3 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

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added almost 3 years ago

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

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Greenstuff

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added almost 3 years ago

Dijon mustard. I have many. All from France.

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

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creamtea

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added almost 3 years ago

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

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added almost 3 years ago

Milk and coffee. Worcestershire sauce,

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Pegeen

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added almost 3 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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added almost 3 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.

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aargersi

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added almost 3 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

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added almost 3 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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added almost 3 years ago

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

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added almost 3 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.