Fall Kitchen Essentials

A well-stocked kitchen is certainly key to the comfort of home. As we gather indoors more in this autumn season, a stocked up pantry adds comfort and pleasure to the home. A homemade meal, a batch of cookies, a favorite hot drink, a quick loaf of bread —all these are quite easy to produce if the ingredients and equipment are right on hand. It all comes down to preparation. A bit of planning, a strategic shopping trip, a small dose of organization, and you have a home stocked and ready for a sudden blizzard, an unexpected guest, an impromptu celebration with those you love.

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For autumn, of all the seasons, is the one when the urge to get cozy and comfy, to invite others over, to gather the ones we love close near the fireside, is strongest.

If you’ve never stocked up on basic ingredients before or envisioned your own home as a place to gather resources, here’s a list to get you started.

You should, of course, adjust the list according to your preferences and needs. I have adapted this list from Sally Clarkson’s book The Lifegiving Home.

Dry Goods

• Flour (whole wheat, organic, unbleached white, bread)

• Sugar (white, light brown, dark brown, confectioner’s)

• Salt (regular iodized salt, kosher salt, sea salt)

• Cornmeal (white, yellow, self-rising)

• Cocoa (dark and semisweet)

• Baking powder and baking soda

• Cornstarch

• Dried herbs and spices (allspice, basil, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin, garlic, ginger, nutmeg, oregano, sage, thyme)

• Herb and spice blends (chili powder, curry powder, and a favorite—herbes de Provence)

• Chocolate chips

• Nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios)

• Grains (barley, dried corn [oatmeal, quinoa, rice [brown and white], and wheat [for fresh grinding if you have a mill])

• Pastas and couscous

• Dried legumes (pinto beans, black beans, navy beans, split peas, lentils)

• Dried fruit (raisins, coconut, apricots, cherries, cranberries)

  • Popcorn

Canned, Dehydrated, and Bottled Goods

• Beans (white, garbanzo, navy, kidney)

• Vegetables (corn, peas, green beans)

• Fruit (peaches, mandarin oranges, pineapple, cherries, pears, applesauce)

• Apple chips

• Pie fillings (cherry, apple, pumpkin)

• Tomatoes (crushed, sauced, diced, whole, tomato paste)

• Jams and jellies

• Pickles and chutneys

• Ethnic foods (green chiles and jalapeños, enchilada sauce, salsa, soy sauce, coconut milk, spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce)

• Nut butters (almond, peanut)

• Oils (olive, peanut, coconut, avocado, grape seed)

• Condiments (mustards, mayonnaise, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice—many of these will need to be refrigerated after opening)

Fresh and Refrigerated Goods

This supply will be constantly renewed, of course, but the following items are good to have on hand:

• Eggs

• Dairy (milk, cream, half-and-half, yogurt, sour cream, butter)

• Fresh vegetables, preferably local and in season (onions, peppers, tomatoes, avocados, and a variety of salad mixes)

• Fresh fruit, preferably local and in season (berries, apples, pears, oranges)

Soup and Bread Combos

• Potato soup and whole wheat herb and onion bread

• Chicken and vegetable noodle soup with rolls

• Navy bean and ham bone soup with cornbread

• Broccoli cheese soup with buttered whole wheat toast

• Vegetable beef soup with oatmeal muffins

• White chicken chili with green-chile-and-cheese cornbread

• Butternut squash and apple soup with cranberry-walnut rolls

Drinks

An assortment of teas(herbal, black, green, specialty)

An assortment of your favourite coffees

Apple cider

Hot chocolate mixes, mini-marshmallows

I hope these tips for a well stocked pantry for fall will add pleasure and comfort to the season for you and your loved ones. What kitchen essentials do you like to stock up for the fall?

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Warmly,

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Easy Homemade Cranberry Sauce

I love the strong, bold , beautiful color of cranberries, and the sweet and tart taste of homemade cranberry sauce with my Thanksgiving or Christmas turkey tastes so much better than store bought. This easy homemade cranberry sauce is ready in 15 minutes and you only need 3 ingredients!

The flavor is so much better with fresh cranberries and you can customize the sweetness level to your liking. Once you try this easy homemade cranberry sauce, you’ll never go back to the store bought stuff!

Ingredients:

1 cup water

1 cup granulated sugar

3 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

*Optional: a sprinkle of cinnamon

Instructions:

1. The first step is to dissolve the sugar. Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a medium pot.

2.Add the cranberries and return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. The cranberries are simmered with sugar and water until the cranberries burst. Adding a sprinkle of cinnamon will add a pop to the flavour.

3. Pour the sauce into a bowl, cover and cool to room temperature. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Makes 2 1/4 cups ( 565 ml)

HOMEMADE CRANBERRY SAUCE VARIATIONS

This is a basic cranberry sauce recipe, but you can add all different ingredients to cranberry sauce to customize it to your liking.

  • Brown Sugar Cranberry Sauce: Substitute brown sugar for the granulated sugar.
  • Cranberry Orange Sauce: Use orange juice instead of water and stir in 2 teaspoons of orange zest.
  • Vanilla Cranberry Sauce: Add one split vanilla bean to the sauce and let it sit overnight in the fridge.
  • Cranberry Cherry Sauce: Add 1 cup of chopped frozen dark cherries to the sauce.
  • Cranberry Apple Sauce: Use apple cider instead of water and add 1 diced peeled apple to the sauce.

What to do with Leftover Cranberry Sauce

I usually don’t have very much cranberry sauce left over, but if I do it tastes great on:

1. Turkey buns

2. Cranberry meatballs

3. Pour it over a block of cream cheese and serve with crackers

4. Swirl it into vanilla yogurt and and top your granola with it

5. Top your pancakes or waffles with a big spoon of warmed cranberry sauce. And a dollop of sweetened whipped cream

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If you find my posts at all helpful, I do appreciate you taking the time to share my posts or follow my account.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Warmly,

Rachel