A while back, someone asked Bossy to write about what kind of meals she prepares utilizing the canned goods in her pantry, and Bossy thanks you for that question because now she has a reason not to use those very cans to hurl at her husband’s head the next time he goes to the store and forgets to write down what he purchased.
The photo above summarizes what Bossy has remaining in her pantry, only times six divided by one tin of smoked oysters.
So, for instance, Bossy will heat up the Chicken Vegetable soup and eat that. She knows, right? It’s a culinary wonder.
The Mandarin Orange Segments is something Bossy bought in case she gets in the mood to put them in a salad, along with thinly sliced red onion and almond slivers. But the funny thing is, Bossy never thinks she deserves to make her salads fancy; the occasion is rarely there — although that’s not true because sometimes Bossy will go to the store special just to purchase crumbly blue cheese for her salad, or pine nuts and goat cheese. So maybe it’s that Bossy doesn’t really know how to make a good salad using her mandarin oranges because whenever she has done it in the past, the salad tastes watery. So maybe Bossy is waiting for Bossy’s mother to come over and prepare this salad for Bossy, because when Bossy’s mom puts mandarin oranges in her salads, it’s never watery. Hi Bossy’s mom!
Next we have the Tomato Juice, which Bossy keeps in the house for hangovers, where keeps in the house equals sending her husband out to the store for tomato juice because what do you mean somebody already drank all of the hangover juice — and what do you mean “It was Bossy” ??
And Bossy has other tomato products in her pantry, such as tomato paste and canned whole tomatoes, which Bossy uses as the base for her gravy. And yes, it’s called gravy, it’s not spaghetti sauce.
Next we have the Whole Kernel Corn, which Bossy bought to make her Corn Souffle, even though Bossy sort of thinks of Corn Souffle as a summer food, but the issue remains: when Bossy makes it in the summer she uses fresh Jersey Corn, which is the best in the country. Shush up, Illinois.
But Bossy will break with her custom and prepare corn souffle in the coming weeks, because who is she if not entertaining her readers with inedible pantry cooking tutorials?
The Coconut Milk is an easy one– Bossy and her husband use this in everything when they get in the mood to prepare their faux Thai food, where faux Thai food equals It contains Coconut Milk, doesn’t it?
And next we have the Cannellini Beans — although Bossy also has many cans of Butter Beans and other beans — in fact Bossy has enough beans to propel her windy roommate to the next BlogHer conference.
First Bossy drains the beans and then she puts them in a pan with a splash of olive oil and diced fresh garlic and ginger and maybe even a splash or two of milk and lots of flat-leaf parsley and sometimes a diced whole tomato or two, and the result is somewhere between a soup and a side dish.
But it’s oh so delicious, where oh so equals Oh, so this is why beans have the reputation of being gaseous.
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