In an economy that can make it difficult getting to the grocery store, I suggest stocking your pantry with basic dry goods that will allow you to be able to cook almost anything, even on a tight budget. A well stocked pantry will also allow you to make adjustments in recipes for everything from substitutions to extra people showing up for dinner.
Base ingredients are the items needed most commonly in recipes such as:
As the holidays approach we sometimes find ourselves short in some key ingredient required for one of our famous family recipes. When it comes to those rich, chocolate delights we bake for family and friends, here are some practical substitutions to navigate problem shortages and successful solutions.