Pantry Staples

I keep a variety of items in my pantry at all times. Why? Well, it’s just easier because I always have something on hand that I can make for dinner or for company or just us a snack when the kids want something sweet. Notice, I said “kids”, not me. 😉

Here is a list of items that I frequently have on hand.  Use this as a jumping off point to create a special housewarming basket for a new couple or for your offspring that just got his first apartment!  😉 Throw in a few easy recipes, and you have a thoughtful, practical gift idea!


  • cans of diced tomatoes
  • Rotel tomatoes
  • cans of corn
  • cans of creamed corn (for cornbread)
  • black beans
  • cream of mushroom
  • cream of chicken


  • cayenne pepper
  • celery seed
  • paprika
  • bay leaves
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • parsley
  • mustard
  • dill weed
  • salt and pepper


  • sugar
  • chicken broth
  • all purpose flour
  • cornmeal mix
  • baking chocolate
  • bread crumbs
  • cooking wine
  • olive oil
  • vegetable oil
  • cooking spray
  • vanilla
  • almond
  • Elbow macaroni pasta (for homemade mac & cheese, macaroni salad, etc.)
  • apple cider vinegar
  • distilled white vinegar

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