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Pantry surprise! Recipes with ingredients commonly found on the shelf and in the freezer

The five senses traditionally ascribed to humans are sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. This terrible enemy, coronavirus, has just about killed the use of one sense—touch. We still touch but not each other. No shaking of hands, no hugging, no kisses and no shopping without gloves.

But there are still four remaining senses very much in use during this “stay at home” period of the American life style.Everyone is doing as little as possible of in-store food shopping. Freezers and pantries have become our major suppliers. To help make your “stay at home” time a little brighter, more interesting and much tastier, members of the Gazette-Journal staff are sharing some recipes, mostly using ingredients that are common on our pantry shelves.

The recipes cover soups, side dishes, entrees and desserts. There are eight in all, giving you a new recipe to try for a week and a day. .

We also invite you to send some recipes that you have tried during this time of social isolation. Pleas...

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