New Year, New Pantry

Having a well stocked pantry is the best way to get your new year started off on the right foot. A stocked pantry can mean the difference between a stressed out dinner time and total relaxation:) Whip your pantry into shape!    

1. Clean out anything that is open but hasn't been used in a month, is expired, or will tempt you (aka holiday candy)! Starting with a clean slate!

2. Store bags of potatoes, sweet potatoes, onions (purple and regular), and fresh garlic in the pantry away from direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Store them in a bin or some type of container that can let air flow. 

3. Canned goods: Filling your pantry with canned goods is a staple to making meals. Tomatoes, canned non starchy vegetables (Carrots, green beans, asparagus mushrooms), beans, tuna, fruit in their own juice.

4. Carbohydrates: rice (quick cooking or regular), quinoa, whole grain pasta, quick cooking polenta, hard and soft shell corn tortillas, oatmeal.

5. Condiments: ketchup, mustard, honey, maple syrup, whole grain mustard, BBQ sauce, low sodium soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, olive oil, vegetable oil.

6. Miscellaneous: natural peanut butter, natural almond butter, nuts, seeds, dried fruit.

These well stocked pantry ideas will help you with putting meals together such as:

The Neighborhood Nest- Chef's Dinner

I was lucky enough to recently attend a 7 course, completely gluten free dinner, hosted by the fabulousNeighborhood Nest! If you haven't checked them out do yourself a favor and "get in the know!" They are a local gluten free bakery pumping out amazing creations, and hosting delectable events! The menu for the most recent dinner was a compilation of all things veggie related, with a starter of assorted cheeses, pates, and dips, interspersed with two meat plates, one being a Johnny cake and short rib stack, the other a cabbage roll with a side of egg yolk and veg. Delightful. Fabulous. Mind Blowing. Check out the rest of the courses via the pictures I took! There aren't enough words to describe the awesomeness of this dinner. There is no better feeling then eating a delicious meal and knowing it's completely gluten free. These meals are for anyone gluten free or not, and I'd recommend them to anyone who wants a chill evening where your waited on hand and foot, and served food full of love. Some cool things to take note regarding The Neighborhood Nest:

- They will be taking Christmas orders here soon for baked goods. Like their page on Facebook for updates. It's always good to have a go to for GF baked goods to bring to family events

- December 10th they'll be having an open house highlighting local homemade gifts including another favorite of mine , Weezys Garlic Spices and More

- They are having a gingerbread house makingeventwhere you'll be putting together a GF gingerbread house at Troy Bulk Barn and Deli on December 20th. Sign up now before all the spots are gone!

- All their milk comes from Star Dancer Creamery, and other ingredients are purchased from Spice Rack and Bulk Foods in Beavercreek

-Their baked goods can be found all over town! Check them out at Stone House Sweets, Troy Bulk Barn & Deli, Penny Lane Cafe and art gallery, Spinozas Gourmet Salads and Pizzas, and Zetland Street

- The next Chefs Meal, like the one I attended, will be January 16th and their focus is brunch! Don't let is opportunity for such fun slip by!

- The owners and family members of The Neighborhood Nest are just overall amazing, hard working people who actually care about what they put on the plate and sell to their customers. Their attention to detail, quality, and being all around cool people is going to take them far. I can't wait to see them flourish in the years to come!

It was a privilege to attend the dinner and I can't wait to go again:) Enjoy all the photos from this meal! Try not to drool on your phone/computer/tablet !