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Part three of a series of posts about the items regularly stocked in my kitchen.

Kitchen Inventory: Baking Staples

This is obviously not an experienced baker’s list of staples, as I am a novice baker at best. Still, these ingredients allow me the ability to produce a variety of quick breads, biscuits, pancakes, waffles, popovers, cookies, granola, pies, cobblers, cheese cakes, and regular cakes at a moment’s notice.

I would love tips on how to extend my list as well as how to make it healthier and more natural.

Dry Items:

  • Unbleached Whole Wheat All-Purpose Flour
  • Unbleached Whole Wheat Flour
  • Cake Flour
  • Rolled Oats
  • Corn meal (blue and yellow)
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Dark Brown Sugar
  • Confectioner’s Sugar
  • Graham cracker crumbs
  • Baking Soda
  • Aluminum Free Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Clove
  • Yeast
  • Unsweetened Cocoa
  • Shortening
  • Canola Oil
  • Molasses
  • Honey
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Food Coloring
  • Nuts
  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Natural Peanut Butter
  • Butterscotch Chips

Cold Items:

  • Eggs
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Cream
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sour Cream
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Part two of a series of posts about the items regularly stocked in my kitchen.

Kitchen Inventory: Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

A note about buying fresh and seasonal produce: 

We prefer the texture and flavor of fresh produce, especially if it is locally grown. Buying seasonally helps ensure that you’re getting the most nutritious and flavorful produce possible. Seasonal produce has less distance to travel and that hopefully means it’s spent more time in the sun and less time in a packing crate.

Other important issues when purchasing produce: GMO crops and pesticides. You can start here to learn about genetically altered food and go here to learn about pesticides.

 Check this post for the reason why I don’t buy canned produce.

Year Round Staples:

  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Russet Potato
  • Garlic
  • Yellow Onion
  • Green Onion
  • Green Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Carrot
  • Celery
  • Mushrooms
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato

Seasonal Additions:

Winter

  • Clementines
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Pears
  • Sweet Potato
  • Cranberries

Spring

  • Tangerines
  • Pineapple
  • Greens
  • Zucchini

Summer

  • Melons
  • Pineapple
  • Berries
  • Stone Fruits (Cherries, Peaches, Apricots, Plums)
  • Asparagus
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow Squash
  • Corn

Fall

  • Honeycrisp Apples
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet potato
  • Cranberries
  • Asparagus
  • Eggplant
  • Corn

About the Cook



I'm a busy wife and mom who knows the value of a meal that can be prepared quickly. I prefer to cook with whole foods and you will almost never find a prepared food in my recipes or my pantry.

This blog started as a way to recall recipes that I've created and now I am excited to share them with you! Bon Apetit!
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