From Mickey, in Wabasha, Minnesota:
I just discovered your great blog through reading The Garden Buzz [Other People's Pantries #106]. I live in a small town on the Mississippi river. Just this year I completed my master gardener certificate and am actively starting up a garden club for our community. The purpose of my gardening, of course, is to strive for sustainable living, eat organic foods and preserve them. I always grow extra to share with my community. Which leads me to my pantry... often lovingly called my root cellar.
It is, of course, the area beneath the steps that lead to my walkout downstairs living area. Two sides of this pantry are cement block which keeps it nice and cool. I store the canned goods I canned from the vegetables from my garden.
Last year, it seemed as if I just couldn't stop canning, so my pantry is still chock full of home-canned goods. Yes, I share with friends, and folks in need. That gives me a lot of joy.
I also have a thing for staying stocked up on the basics I buy from the grocery store. Seems I couldn't manage without a case of chicken broth or tomato soup. Which leads me to a great and easy recipe for tomato basil soup...
1 can Campbells tomato soup
1 can milk
1 pint home-canned stewed tomatoes
1 tsp basil or fresh basil, if available
Cook the first two ingredients until hot, then, add the last two. Warm a bit more and serve. Yup, it's good.
Of course, my pantry holds the two bags of puppy chow for my aging lab, and our new little one.
Finally, alongside my canned goods are the rhizomes and bulbs I dig up each fall. For me, to dig them up is like finding a treasure! In the spring, it's just more joy to haul them out and plant them for enjoyment all summer long.
On Saturdays, we peek into Other People's Pantries.
Come on -- show us your pantry.
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