Photo: Con Poulos
Your mother's pantry held precious few surprises. It was stocked with the good old basics: vegetable oil, vinegar, spices, chicken broth, rice...everything needed to throw together a quick, if unsurprising, meal. A good assortment for surviving a natural disaster, but not exactly the building blocks of inventive cuisine. It's time to give your pantry a makeover! Seven new shelf staples
make it easy to whip up to-die-for braised pork ribs, garlicky flatbread, piquillo-pepper-wrapped tuna salad, and a winter-perfect pasta with a caper pesto.