The perfect pantry wouldn’t be complete without herbs, spices and other flavorings. When it comes to sweetener types I don’t discriminate, I love them all and make sure I never run out.
In particular, raw honey is something that keeps well and is not only versatile but medicinal; and dark brown sugar is a must-have for me. I often cook savory meals with it, just a small amount does wonders for a deep caramelized flavor in anything from tomato sauce to pea soup.
Since I will continue to mention “Italian seasoning” and “Mediterranean seasoning” a lot on this blog, I’d like to say from where I buy these wonderful blends and most other dried herbs and spices. Mountain Rose Herbs is a company that to me surpasses anything else online or even from a local gourmet shop. Their quality is just incredible and not only for culinary herbs; many of their other products line the shelves of my pantry.
I suppose the last main area of the pantry to cover is grains. Of course flour, rice and oats are basic staples that I try to have around in decent quantities. Noodles ~ both Italian and Asian varieties ~ are also invaluable basics that I don’t want to run out of. Rustichella pasta, which was pictured in an earlier entry, has the best flavor and texture I’ve ever tasted so I keep as much on reserve as possible. It’s one of those items I treat myself to and for me is worth every penny.
Well, I’d thought of writing about pantry perfection simply to make a list of what my dream pantry would contain. I guess my enthusiasm for photos and words have made me a bit long-winded, and delayed compiling an actual list. Hopefully with a bit of focus and pen-to-paper, that list will be my next and final ‘pantry perfection’ entry.