Foodie Pantry

Having a properly stocked pantry is an important thing for every foodie. Here are some items you should keep on hand at all times.

Grains and Pastas:

  • Barley
  • Basmati Rice
  • Bread Crumbs (we have both panko and progresso original on hand)
  • Couscous (I love the couscous selection at Whole Foods. But Far East also has some delicious options) Have some regular and Israeli on hand.
  • Farro
  • Lo Mein
  • Long-grain rice
  • Pasta (variety, I usually go with angel hair, elbows, shells, linguini)

Fresh foods:

  • Arugula
  • Avocados (a new favorite of mine.)
  • Garlic (get this as a farmers market if you can, it will be the freshest…)
  • Ginger
  • Mixed Greens
  • Onions (red, white, yellow)
  • Shallots
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes


  • Canola oil
  • Peanut (or) walnut oil
  • Variety of olive oils (some of our favorites are: Gremolata, Millers Blend, Tuscan Herb, Garlic Mushroom, Basil, Blood Orange)


  • Balsamic (we have these in abidance, from chocolate raspberry for dessert, to 25 year old aged balsamic, blueberry, meyer lemon & peach just to name a few)
  • Cider vinegar
  • Malt vinegar
  • Red wine vinegar


  • Dijon mustard
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Honey mustard
  • Mayo
  • Soy sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce

Nuts and Dried fruits:

  • Almonds
  • Apricots
  • Cashews
  • Cranberries
  • Cherries
  • Dates
  • Peanuts
  • Pistachios
  • Rasins

Dried herbs & spices:

  • Basil (my favorite herb)
  • Bay leaves (needed for most slow cooker soups)
  • Caraway seeds
  • Chili powder (this comes in different heats… so choose the best for you)
  • Cinnamon, ground and sticks (my second favorite spice)
  • Coriander
  • Cumin, ground and seeds
  • Garam Masala
  • Paprika
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Rosemary
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Thyme
  • Vanilla Beans (these come in different types, go your local spice shop for these)

Dried Beans:

  • Cannelloni
  • Pinto
  • White Beans
  • Split Peas (organic)

Canned/jarred foods:

  • Beef Broth
  • Chicken Broth (and stock)
  • Diced Tomatoes
  • Honey
  • Olives
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes
  • Peas
  • Pesto


  • Flour (All Purpose)
  • Sugar (fructose, regular sugar, brown sugar)
  • Tortillas (or naan bread in our case)

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