Covid 19 - Don't Forget the Wine....Essentials for the Grocery Shopping List

From the Kitchens of Cheesecake Farms
Karla Jones Seidita, Home Economist

"Don't Forget the Wine!"
(or the chocolate chip cookies either!)

Essentials for the 
Grocery Shopping List

During this Covid-19 confinement, it’s more important than ever to have a list when you shop for groceries.

You don’t want to forget anything as you dash through the store while trying to stay six feet away from other shoppers.

You know best what you need but here’s a few essentials you might not want to forget.

It’s not necessary to get them all.
Pick and choose what you like best.

1.  Wine 
Plenty of wine.  Or beer.  Or whatever your fav libation of choice is.  In these trying times, one has to keep one’s spirits (pun intended) up.

2.   Snacks  
Snack cakes.  Snack crackers.  Snack mix.   Anything that begins with the word snack.   Snacks help you keep your hands occupied and we all know whose work idle hands do.

3.  Coffee
Now’s not the time to forget the coffee…. or tea, if you’re a tea drinker.
And don’t forget those shelf stable little creamers!

4.   Ethnic Food
Choose your fav:
Italian – Pasta and sauce. Pizzas. Mozzarella cheese. Canned tomatoes. Olive oil. Oregano.
Mexican – Tortillas (corn and flour). Salsa and chips. Queso. Beans, corn and chilies. Rice.
Asian – Rice. Bottled sauces. Frozen veggie blends. Soy sauce. Tofu. Ramen or rice noodles. 

5.  Mushroom Soup
Or other canned, cream of anything soup…. Cream of Celery, Cream of Chicken and like that.
Add milk or water and you have soup. 
Add only half the amount of liquid and you’re got a sauce. 
Mix them with other ingredients and you have a casserole.
6.  Carbs
The number one, front line source of contentment. Carbs make everything better. 

Pasta, rice, instant mashed potatoes, noodles. 
Cook ‘em up and pour something over them (like mushroom soup) and might just forget about this Corona thing for a while.

7.   Condiments
Salt and pepper.  Ketchup and mustard.  Hot sauce.  Spices and blends.  Mayo.
Whatever spikes your punch as they say.

8.   Shelf Stable Dairy and Cheese
Nice to stash in the pantry.  They keep without refrigeration until used.

Boxes of milk (dairy or non-dairy)
Dry (instant) skim milk powder
Canned milk (evaporated or sweetened condensed - dairy and non-dairy.  Goat milk, too.)
Single serve creamers (half and half or flavored)
Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese that comes in glass jars or green cans.
Little glasses of cheese spreads.

9.    Childhood Favs
Remember when things were simple and easy?  These might help …….
Instant pudding.  Crackers and peanut butter.  Grape or strawberry jelly.   White bread.  Graham crackers.  American cheese.  Canned tomato soup.  Potato chips.  Mac and cheese.

10.  Apple Sauce
Sweetened or unsweetened. 
A versatile, indispensable pantry staple!

Subs for eggs in many baked goods recipes (swap 1/4 cup applesauce for each egg called for)
Top with cinnamon, yogurt, granola, nuts or whatever for snacks.
Serve with meats (especially pork) as a condiment.
Spoon over pancakes instead of (or in addition to) syrup
Freeze as an ice pop.

Bonus: For Bakers
During these uncertain times, many are returning to the comfort of the kitchen and home baking.

Novice or pro – here’s some essentials to see you through most recipes from yummy cookies to artisan breads:

Baking mix (think Bisquick)
Vegetable oil and butter
Baking powder
Baking soda
Chocolate chips


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