Last week, back-to-back snowstorms in the DC area sent folks scrambling to the grocery stores. I did my part by snatching up three bags of spinach, two small poulets, and the seven remaining pieces of bacon in the butcher's case (seriously, there were only seven slices).
Last year I posted about shopping for food "the French way" but last week, shopping daily wasn't possible. (Last Tuesday I walked to the grocery store for fruit and produce, and the cases were empty!) So, in addition to the few perishables I had on hand, I relied on my refrigerator and pantry staples. Onions, shallots, potatoes, garlic, nuts, dried pasta, as well as eggs, butter, cheese made their way into many dinners over the past eight days. I was so thankful to have staples on hand, and to be able to enjoy cooking and baking without worrying about ingredients.
J'adore my pantry. Created fron reclaimed space under the stairs, it's a walk-in with five long shelves that go to the ceiling. In addition to storage for food, there's space for table linens, serving pieces, sets of extra dishes for entertaining, oversize cooking pots and pans, and plenty of floor space for cases of wine and water.
But, as you can tell from the photo, my pantry is nearly empty. After ten days without grocery shopping, I need to make the trip to the grocery store . . .
p.s If you're interested in learning more about the history and use of the pantry, you might enjoy reading or paging through this book, The Pantry, by Catherine Pond.