From Lili, in Prior Lake, Minnesota:
All I can say is I LOVE my pantry! My husband always says, no matter how big or small my pantry is, somehow I fill it up! True..... but.... I need all this food so I can cook whatever the mood strikes me, no matter when. I can't stand the idea of not having an ingredient when I need to make something special! I'm not any better with the freezers -- my other "pantry"!
I like the pull out metal drawers, where I can see everything. All the drawers have their "theme" from teas, cans, jams and honey, coffee, baking needs and miscellaneous, including all possible ethnic foods. Where ever I go, I bring back with me honey and jam/marmalade. There is a lot of food from my country, Slovenia, that I bring back every year, some very needed staples I can't be without.
My other passion is also quite obvious....... COOK BOOKS! There are more cook books, but my dear did not make me big enough cabinet for them (I think he knew better, I'd filled that up as well), so the rest of the books are in the boxes, stored away. No space in the pantry, unfortunately.
I have to mention, he built my pantry (and all the cabinets through out the house, including the kitchen) from scratch and I laid the stone tiles. When we built the house, this room was sort of "left over", oversized pantry/family office, conveniently located next to the kitchen, and it turned out to be a fabulous pantry. My happy place when I'm tired or stressed out. All the small appliances are always put to use, I use them in my pantry so I don't have to carry them out into the kitchen. Keeps my kitchen counter tops clear.
On Saturdays, we peek into Other People's Pantries.
Come on -- show us your pantry.
*Other People's Pantries was going to end early in 2009, to make way for a new Saturday feature. However, pantry photos continue to roll in, so I'll keep featuring them on Saturdays, in the order in which I receive them. If you've been thinking about sharing photos of your own pantry, now's the time to send them.
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