The new year is a good time to rethink your shopping and cooking habits. I am eternally attempting to eat fewer carbs and more natural foods. That being said, I work full time and am a big fan of products that make my life easier. I'm also lousy at pre-planning my menus, so ideas like pre-making my own stocks and saving them, simply never occur to me.
This NY Times article is fascinating and has lots of ideas for how make your pantry a bit more compelling. I have to admit that many of the things he lists as being "out" are in my pantry - canned beans, bread crumbs and old spices for example.
Not sure how many of these ideas I'll take to heart, but it definitely gives me something to think about. Who knew you could keep cooked beans for so long or that I could make a great rice pudding from Chinese leftovers and a fresh vanilla?