For those of you who missed the must haves in the pantry for the upcoming holiday season here you go!

Pantry Must Haves- From my Appearance on Nashville's Talk of the Town.
Now available on You Tube!
Here is a list from my own pantry.
If you stock up you will be all set for holiday entertaining.
With these items in your pantry your next gathering will be easy to put together.
Have your friends bring the wine and you are all set!

My Pantry List:

Tomatoes crushed and sundried

Organic Marinara Sauce

Jar of Olive Tempanade

Anchovy Paste


Beans- white, black, pinto



Tuna and Salmon

Dijon mustard


Pasta- 3 types, spaghetti , penne, and macaroni

Rice- traditional, arborio (for risotto)


Polenta- cornmeal

Broth, veggie, chicken

Flavored oils, garlic, sesame, lemon


Balsamic vinegar

Soy Sauce

Soba noodles

Nuts, walnuts and almonds

Salts, truffle, garlic

Crackers, several types, like flatbreads, and whole wheat crackers

Popcorn- microwave

Tortilla chips

Honey, plain and flavored with truffles

Jam, raspberry, fig, apricot, lemon curd

Baking section, flour, sugar, baking powder,corn starch, vanilla, spices such as cinnamon, and chocolate chips, graham crackers

Dried spices, parsley, basil, curry powder

Must haves in the fridge and freezers

Fridge-eggs, parm cheese,soft cheese, fresh garlic, and onion, salad/lettuce, white wine

Freezer- veggies, chicken, ground beef, turkey or buffalo

Quick Appetizers


Artichoke Lemon Hummus, * see recipe

Popcorn with truffle flavored salt

Baked artichoke spread, artichoke, parm cheese, garlic salt, Dijon mustard, olive oil serve w/crackers

White and black bean salad, with pimento, stir in salsa

Salsa and chips

Parm cheese with honey and crackers

Parm cheese with jam and crackers

Salmon with capers with dried parsley, and lemon oil and crackers

Artichoke and egg, fritta

Soft cheese with salsa ( pineapple or mango) and crackers

Quick Dinners

Pasta Puntanessca * see recipe

Pasta, lemon flavored olive oil, and crushed nuts, with dried basil

Pasta, sun dried tomato and chopped olives, and parm

3 Bean soup with balsamic vinegar reduction.

Couscous with tomato and artichoke and pimento, almonds, with dried basil, with a pinch of cinnamon, served with baked basil, garlic salt and mustard rubbed chicken.

Chicken with rice, sliced almonds, dried basil and chicken stock.

Chicken and tortilla chips with salsa and rice, chicken broth

Curry Chicken and rice soup

Soba noodles and soy sesame sauce, frozen edamame

Baked Polenta, with marinara sauce, parm cheese

Chili, with turkey, beans, tomatoes, garlic, and chicken stock. serve with tortilla chips and salsa

I serve all these with a simple salad with balsamic vinegar and light oil, salt and pepper.

Having a well organized and well stocked pantry gives me the tools to make entertaining easy and stress free, it allows me to think creatively while saving time and money, something that is essential in these hard times. So gather your friends and party in the pantry...

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