Cooking from the Pantry

pantry cupboard

Are you staying safe at home? We are under Stay At Home orders (see news of novel coronavirus), and we’re not going out to the shops. There are a lot of us in this situation, so I thought I’d talk about cooking from the pantry.

What does your pantry cupboard look like? You can see mine in the photo above. No, I didn’t straighten things up for the photo, you can tell. You can also tell I was raised by a woman who lived through the Great Depression: I do keep a large and varied pantry. My freezer is stocked. I can my own tomatoes, applesauce, and chicken stock. I make jam. I’ve always kept a lot of flour and baking supplies around.  (My home canned goods are in a separate cupboard, in case you were wondering.)

Over the next few weeks – I hope it’s only weeks this lasts (note added Aug 2021: it wasn’t weeks. It was 18 months. I’m still focusing on pantry cooking.) I’ll be posting about foods you can make from your pantry. Easy, delicious foods. In fact, I’ve already posted a bunch of them, and so I’m adding a category up top: PANTRY COOKING. I’ll go through my files and add older posts to that category, as well as posting new items.

So stop in, check out the new category. Let me know how you like things, I love your comments.


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I’m Maurita Plouff, and I write about cooking and preserving the local harvest in Southeast Michigan. Any recipe you find here is something I have cooked myself, and enjoyed, and think you might like too. I invite you to try the recipes, and leave comments.

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