I have 5 or 6 recipes that are second nature to me; my go to recipes that I know forwards and backwards and they are always a hit. At any time, in my pantry, I have the staples for those recipes.  Keep staples for a few of your favorites, that way you are always prepared for a last minute dinner get together.  Spaghetti and chicken enchiladas are a few of those for me and brownies.  I can always bake a cake, brownies, lava cake or chocolate chip cookies; you know the essentials for dinner šŸ˜‚. In all seriousness though, keep staples for a quick dinner and dessert, you never know when a family member or friend may drop by unexpectedly.