25 Must have spices for your pantry

25 “Must Have” Spices for your Pantry

What are your “must have” spices? Every home cook has certain spices, or seasonings, that they always reach for. These are the dried spices, or spice blends, that absolutely have to be in their pantry in order for them to create meals. I was recently cleaning out my cabinets and discovered that I had many dried spices that I’ve only used once or twice. They aren’t spices that I routinely reach for, and many were purchased simply because I wanted to try a recipe that called for them. As I separated these spices, hoping to find them new homes where […]

Quarantine Cooking: What am I supposed to do with all of these cans?

Quarantine Cooking: What can I do with all of these cans?

Are you one of the people who rushed to the store in a panic when you heard that there might be a quarantine and there was a chance that you would be confined to your home for an extended period of time? Did you, in your haste, fill your cart with cans of food that you don’t usually buy or eat? Now that you’ve blown your grocery budget, are you staring at all of these cans and asking yourself, “What can I do with all of these cans?” Fortunately, I am here to help. I have some suggestions for some […]

Food Storage Fudge

Food Storage Fudge

You’re probably thinking “Food Storage Fudge? Is Patti Cake Crazy? You may be right. I may be crazy, but Food Storage Fudge may be just what you’re looking for. (Did anyone catch what I did there?) Each of these recipes can be prepared using shelf stable ingredients. That’s why I’m calling this post “Food Storage Fudge.” I realize that it may seem wrong to include a selection of candy recipes in a series of posts that’s supposed to help you eat from the pantry and stay out of the store. The thing is, I believe that Food Storage Fudge will […]

Ten Desserts from the Pantry

Ten Desserts from the Pantry

Desserts are often made from Pantry Staples. For instance, cakes begin with flour, sugar, and baking soda. I have put together a list of desserts today because I firmly believe that just because you’re eating out of your pantry doesn’t mean that you have to do without dessert. This collection of recipes doesn’t include any traditional cakes or cookies, but in this list, you will find some of my favorite simple desserts. Canned Fruit Cobbler Canned Fruit Cobbler is one of the recipes that Baker’s Man and I have been making since we were starving college students. Sometimes, he would […]

Ravioli Lasagna from Canned Beef Ravioil

Ravioli Lasagna from Canned Beef Ravioli

Making Ravioli Lasagna from canned ravioli seemed like a good idea, and the final product tasted good. Unfortunately, the servings didn’t look like I wanted them to. In spite of this, my family devoured this Ravioli Lasagna even though it was made from canned ravioli. Occasionally, my children would come home from school with a food request. Once, one of their friends had told them how delicious Hamburger Helper was, and my children had never eaten it. It wasn’t that I’ve never made hamburger helper. It was just that I hadn’t made it in a very long time. I indulged […]

Nine Pasta Dishes from the Pantry--Simple Pasta Dishes that can be prepared with pantry staples

Nine Pasta Dishes from the Pantry

Pasta is a pantry staple in most households. Our home is no different. I had multiple packages of pasta in my kitchen when I took an inventory of what I had on hand. Knowing that I had pasta on hand was comforting when the store shelves were empty. Pasta is one of our go-to ingredients. We tend to eat it at least twice per month, and often, I serve it once per week. Pasta is versatile. It’s simple to prepare, and it can be combined with a variety of ingredients to create a completely different flavor profile. At it’s simplest, […]

Eight Dinner Entrees Made with Pantry Staples

Eight Dinner Entrees from the Pantry

Putting together dinner for the family can be a challenge at the best of times, but when you’re working from home, homeschooling the children, and trying to get everything else accomplished, things can be a bit overwhelming. This collection of recipes consist of dishes that can be made entirely from pantry items along with some recipes that require the addition of fresh or frozen items. We usually have ground beef, or turkey, in our freezer as well as a some roasts or steaks purchased on sale, so these recipes are all made from food that we already have on hand. […]

Ten Lunch Ideas from the Pantry

Ten Lunch Ideas from the Pantry

What kind of lunch can you make out of your pantry? You may be surprised at some of the things that you can find to transform into something delicious to feed your children, or yourself, for lunch. We ran out of cold cuts quickly, and since we’re trying to stay out of the store, that meant we had to think beyond the usual sandwiches. There’s only so many days that you can serve peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to the children before they begin to complain. Food fatigue is a very real thing, so it’s important to switch things up. […]

12 Soups from the Pantry--Soups prepared using pantry staples.

12 Soups from the Pantry

I’m sure that the title “12 Soups from the Pantry” has someone thinking that I’m going to recommend my favorite canned soups, but that’s not the case. This list is composed of multiple soup recipes that are made largely from canned and other shelf stable ingredients. As the weather gets warmer, soup might not be something that you enjoy, but personally, I love soup any time of the year. Certain members of my household, however, only enjoy soup when it’s cold outside. All of the following recipes taste amazing and several are very simple to prepare. Soup makes a great […]

Five Salads from Pantry Staples

Five Salads from the Pantry

I realize that the idea of salads made from pantry items sound strange, but there are many ways to combine canned vegetables to create salads. This is a collection of our five favorite salads that are made from pantry items. Using canned ingredients in your salad isn’t really new. Salad bars frequently contain beets, corn, and beans that are from cans. They are drained and rinsed, but they still came from a can. I can’t think of any time when one of my friends said “I’m not eating that. It came from a can.” as they piled beets and garbanzo […]