You see everyone's ideal pantry stocking of dry goods and flavorings, etc in their cookbooks...but what about us real chefs/home-cooks/wannabes?
What do you always keep on hand that you know you can always turn to to deliver a great meal? Do you keep things that have been considered by your grandmom's mom to be in-substituteable (if that's a word...haha), or do you have other staples in your pantry?
Care to share?
Here's some of my basics:
Sweet Baking Chips (chocolate, PB, etc)
Pepper (Powdered and Whole)
An assortment of pastas.
Vanilla (Pure and Extract)
Hot Sauces (all types)
Canned tomatoes for sauces
Beans and veggies (frozen)
Okay...so, is this pretty good, or what would you do differently?
I'd LOVE to compare with you guys/gals.