Don’t get stuck in a snowstorm without these items

When I was a youngster our electricity went out so my mom showed me how to make a piece of toast over a candle. It was slightly burnt and only OK, but it sure was an adventure.

 

My guess is that other people have memories similar to this and that’s why they flock to the grocery store whenever they hear a forecast that includes a flake or two of snow. Milk, bread and eggs are the top items. Now why wouldn’t they have those on hand anyway?

 

If you have a well-stocked pantry, life is so much easier when you come home late from work or when you get snowed in.

 

The obvious items are spaghetti sauce and dry pasta. They don’t spoil and you can do just about anything with them. If you can top a plate of spaghetti with garlic bread, life is even better.

 

TLC Cooking recommends dry beans. I use dry beans but recommend canned. Life is so much easier when you don’t have to soak beans for a day.

 

I think canned black beans are the best. Our favorite quick meal is chicken chunks sautéed with onion, garlic and green peppers. Season with cilantro, chili powder and a splash of lime juice and serve on top of salad or on tortillas.

 

By the way, you can chop green peppers and freeze them. You can put them in chili or any other heated recipe.

 

Black beans can also be combined with canned tomatoes and broth for soup. The possibilities are endless.

 

Oh yeah, that’s another staple. Canned tomatoes can be used in soup, on top of pasta and in many recipes.

 

TLC recommends peanut butter as another staple. You can do plenty of things with it, including spreading it on your burnt toast after you heat the bread over a candle.

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