One really good thing about moving in, as opposed to moving out, is that you can decide once and for all what's going on the shelves and into the cupboards.
Moving out is usually so hectic and frantic that — in my experience — everything just gets swept into boxes and trotted over to the new place so that you can run back and fill more boxes and...
We did a little organizing this time, I've got to say. For the most part there were no loads of Band-Aids, winter gloves and hot sauce, all in the same box. (That has happened.) I managed to group like items with like items, so today, for instance, I was able to bring in a box filled entirely with dried spices and herbs from the garage. Then Cranky kindly pointed out that there was another box of dried spices and herbs. Uh-oh. Storage issues. Initial pantry plan scuttled; must find more room.
OR. I could finally go through those dumb little jars and throw out the old, expired ones and seriously tighten up my collection. (I know it can be done!)
All right. In the photo, a dish of whole-wheat linguine dressed with diced bacon, diced onion cooked with the bacon, and chopped walnuts (also cooked with the bacon). A handful of chopped parsley and a sprinkling of chopped cheese (haven't come across the cheese grater yet). The point? I have been eating strictly fresh, local food for so long that I've neglected some of my favorite meals, especially pasta.
So, as the dried pasta starts finding its way into my pantry, I'm going to eat it up. I might even spice it up.