Rocklands Farm Poolesville MD
apples from Charles Town Farmers Market
I absolutely love the smells of fall, rich damp black soil, warm fires burning, fresh picked apples, earthy fallen leaves and the crisp cool air. Could it just stay fall and skip winter, please.
Autumn is romantic and calm. It is my time to prepare for hibernation. I just switched my summer and winter clothes along with the cleaning & organizing of closets. I washed all my windows inside and out. Entertaining moves inside, I enjoy rearranging the furniture to make the rooms cozy and inviting.
Most importantly don't forget the kitchen, this sounds crazy but it is time to clean, arrange and stock up your pantry. The winter is the busiest time of the year in most kitchens.
I thought it would be fun to put a pantry list together from all my favorite Chef's must haves.
Whole black peppercorns
Good quality olive oil/ cooking, vinaigrette's and finishing dishes
Vegetable or grapeseed oil/ cooking and vinaigrette's
Selection of good quality vinegars, balsamic, champagne, red wine, apple cider & rice
Whole grain mustard/ sauces and vinaigrette's
Organic cane sugar
Good quality chocolate chips
Flours, All-purpose, whole wheat, cake & bread
Baking soda & powder, check use by dates
Baking spices/cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, vanilla extract
Organic peanut butter
Red chili flakes
Olives, capers and pickles
Nuts and seeds
Whole grains/farro, quinoa, brown rice, polenta, Arborio
Good quality whole canned tomatoes
Red and white onions
Good quality Parmesan, goat, feta & cheddar
Milk, half & half and heavy cream
Local slab bacon
Champagne, there is always something to celebrate!
I hope this list inspires you to be Top Chef in your kitchen, ready for any cooking challenge.
I happened upon a new Container Store near the Reston Town Center, whoa I had to get out of there cause talk about super duper organizing stuff for the pantry. Crazy cool baskets, gadgets, containers, etc.! Yikes......
Happy fall organizing!!!!!
Cuteness from Rainbow Hill Organic Farm Charles Town WV