MY WINTER PANTRY
Jan. 15, 2013 12:00 pm
Updated: Jan. 18, 2013 9:05 pm
I began this post a while ago, then scrubbed it, whilst I got my thoughts together - it began a jumble of blabber, and went down hill from there!
First, I fell victim to the bug that's been going around, a nasty one this year, which lingers, and then seems to go 'round for a second time. Fortunately I'm in week two now, and hoping that I'm heading on the way to wellness! So, this post has emerged,
as I've woven my way through the myriad of symptoms...
I first began by making some chicken noodle soup from scratch, as I had none on the pantry shelf -
shame on me! Live and learn, I guess, but mine did turn out quite well, considering I began with a bone in chicken breast and water.... It took me about 4 days to make this soup, as I felt so crummy that could handle only a few minutes at a time,
in fact, between long naps! Fortunately, I had hung on to that chicken breast for some time, being the only bone in piece of chicken I had in the freezer...
As the following days unfolded, it became a bit of a challenge to keep food at the ready, when the hunger bug bit! It's not easy to cook for two when you can remain awake for only an hour at a time! It also has not helped, that the weather has been unusually
cold here, with freeze warnings each night! Definately not conducive to making a trip to the market!
Some of my standby staples, in case it may help any of you:
Soups - some for cooking, like "cream of," to use as sauces and gravies. Condensed or chunky styles, any type/flavor. A lot can be done with a can of soup! I topped a can of chunky beef/vegetable the other night with biscuits, baked till golden and bubbly,
"instant beef stew!" Given the energy, you could also top a soup with dumplings, to make a meal in a bowl.
Boxed items, like stuffing mix... I made a box last night, topped with pork chops that I'd baked low and slow (took a nap while they cooked!) and poured a mix of mushroom soup/milk to use as a "gravy" and served with canned veg's. Minimal hands on time, but
resulting in some good ol' comfort food.
Tonight, I'm making some swiss steak, canned tomatoes being a "must" for that recipe. Doesn't hurt to have boxed mashed taters on hand for emergencies, but I really do prefer fresh. I'm down to 4 large spuds, however, so may just make a mix of "instant" and
Dry goods are also a requirement... I keep saltine crackers on hand for snacking or soups, but I also like to dip buttered french bread in a soup or stew - or canned chili for that matter! Anyway, I keep a loaf of french bread in the freezer for such times.
Hot chocolate and tea bags and lemon juice, are two other needs! Nothing more soothing on a cold night that a steaming cup of either, for that matter! And, if so inclined, a splash of brandy for the cocoa, or whiskey for that tea (soothes a sore throat!)
Frozen juice concentrate comes in handy for that extra boost of vitamin C should you need it...
For snacking, keep on hand some English muffins, or bagels, with your favorite spreads. A box of chocolates can come in handy, but my all-time fav snack food (to help cure that cold!) a big bag of potato chips can go a long way!
Other items I find I need when I feel like garbage are things like tissues/paper towels, plenty of pet food, and otc cold remedies - even the leftover dregs from last year's cold or flu! Anything to allow me to stay home, bundled in my electric blanket, with
a cat or two to snuggle with!
Ummm, the bread machine, doing most of the work to make dinner or breakfast rolls - that smell of yeast and baking bread once it's placed into the oven! I guess if you can "smell" it, you should be able to "taste" it, but I do find that salt is one seasoning
that I can taste at all times... Whether or not that is a good thing, I don't know, but it is a fact!
I do believe that crazycook is in need of a bowl of steaming chicken soup, and then perhaps an afternoon in the kitchen working towards a dinner, and maybe a batch of homemade beef and veg. soup - yes, I enjoyed that canned version THAT much!
Be happy, avoid this hateful "bug," and be crazy! Till next time...