The Well-Stocked Pantry

What in the world are you going to make for dinner tonight? With a few key items in the pantry, you can turn plain old chicken or pasta into something really special. Just mix and match whatever sounds good! 

Bottled sun dried tomatoes in olive oil

Bottled roasted red peppers

Bottled capers

Bottled chipotle peppers

Bottled anchovies

Tube of tomato paste

Garlic braid

Assorted bottled dressings (balsamic vinegarette and Italian are all-purpose choices)

Wild rice


Chicken stock

Canned mushrooms

Assorted bottled olives


One or two specialty mustards (dijon or flavored)

Plain bread crumbs

Nuts (almonds and walnuts are great because they’re so versatile)