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Stocking the Winter Pantry

Stocking the Winter Pantry
Whether you're snowed in or simply tired out, a well-stocked winter pantry will ensure a satisfying repast.

A homemade breakfast starts the day off right. If you're wondering if you have the time, trust us, you do! Banish the cereal box in favor of Bellegem gourmet waffle mix or Flappin' Jack pancake mix. Do take the time to drizzle waffles and pancakes (generously) with Butternut Mountain Farm maple syrup.

Or begin the day in a decidedly French way with warm, buttery brioche spread with Domaine du Roncemay jam, made in Burgundy from hand-picked fruit. Accompany your petit déjeuner with Marquise de Sévigné Chocolat Granulé, chocolate granules that melt into a luscious cup of cocoa when combined with hot milk.

When is the last time you enjoyed a leisurely weekend lunch with family or friends? Liberate every pantry's denizen, tomato soup, and pair it with a soothing winter risotto. Cook arborio rice in chicken stock, then stir in Mancha select saffron and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese for the flavor—and the color—of the warm Mediterranean sun. Continue the lunch conversation around the fireplace while you enjoy brownies made with premium Scharffen Berger baking chocolate and sip Illy espresso coffee.

Dinner for two, four or six? It's easy! Simply braise Amy's regional sausage assortment in Tra Vigne sun-dried tomato mushroom pasta sauce and serve on soft Italian polenta. Round out the meal with a green salad tossed with Banfi extra-virgin olive oil and rosemary-infused Leonardi balsamic vinegar. For dessert, offer fresh fruit or individual melted chocolate cakes.

This winter, wouldn't it be nice to settle down with a good book or watch the snowflakes fall? Now that you've stocked the pantry, you'll have plenty of time. A final tip: Pistachios make a great snack when you are relaxing.