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Dining in season: Holiday must haves

<p>File photo &mdash; AP/Mark Zaleski</p>

File photo — AP/Mark Zaleski

Be prepared for holiday parties, unexpected guests stopping by or impromptu gatherings this holiday season with a well stocked bar and pantry. Here is a list of essentials recommended by Topaz Café for a well-stocked bar and gourmet food pantry, with these items on hand you'll be able to pull a party together in no time!

Bar

  • Maker’s Mark
  • Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • Hendrick’s Gin
  • Patrón Silver Tequila
  • Grey Goose Vodka
  • Bacardi Silver Rum
  • Soda
  • Tonic
  • Coke
  • Diet Coke
  • Sprite
  • Ginger ale
  • Bar olives
  • Bar olives stuffed with blue cheese
  • Bar cherries
  • Domestic beer
  • Imported beer
  • American microbrew beer

Food

  • Arborio rice
  • Two different dried pastas
  • Canned tomatoes
  • Ramon noodles
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Jerez vinegar
  • Good imported pitted olives, a mix of a few different ones
  • Marcona almonds
  • Dried cherries
  • Hot giardiniera
  • Pepperoncinis
  • Canned artichokes in olive oil
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Valentina’s hot sauce
  • Louisiana Hot sauce
  • Maille Dijon
  • Cornichons
  • Sriracha
  • Hellman’s mayo
  • Good Spanish olive oil
  • Smoked salmon
  • Imported Spanish canned tuna in olive oil
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Light brown sugar
  • Sun dried tomatoes
  • Israeli couscous
  • Wild rice
  • White rice
  • Good cheeses
  • Good cold cuts

Spice Rack

  • Chili flakes
  • Hot smoked Spanish Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Cumin
  • Guajillo chili powder
  • Celery salt
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried thyme
  • Maldon sea salt
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Ground ginger
  • Nutmeg
  • Course ground pepper or whole peppercorns
  • Fine grind black pepper

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