I am frequently asked by my culinary students what I keep in my pantry, so I thought I would share a glimpse into the real-life Dixie Caviar kitchen. I think you will find an interesting mix of high and low: I love a good specialty food find, but I am no snob either. 

I am always discovering new ingredients and brands, so I will be updating this page often. Let me know in the comments if you have any amazing foods I need to buy!


  • Beverages: Simply Orange OJ, Odwalla ‘Superfood’ juice
  • Milk: 2% and whole, whole-fat buttermilk, heavy whipping cream
  • Butter: Land O’ Lakes unsalted, Plugra unsalted, Kerrygold unsalted
  • Dairy: sour cream, Philadelphia cream cheese, Greek yogurt, low-fat vanilla yogurt, crème fraîche, cottage cheese
  • Cheese: sharp cheddar, Parmesan (grated and whole), Gruyere, Maplebrook Burrata, Laughing Cow
  • Large eggs
  • Savory condimentsDuke’s Mayonnaise (regular and light), Heinz Simply Ketchup, Heinz chili sauce, Edmond Fallow Dijon, French’s yellow mustard, Pommery whole grain
  • Sandwich condimentsWickles sub relishPhickles Pickles, Horseradish Sauce
  • Salad dressing: Brianna’s Real French, Brianna's Creamy Balsamic, Kraft Zesty Italian, Cardini’s Caesar, Annie’s Goddess, Trader Joe’s Champagne Pear Vinaigrette, Newman’s Own Oil & Vinegar, Ranch, Greek, honey mustard, poppyseed
  • Sweet condiments: Bonne Maman preserves, Grade B pure maple syrup
  • Meat condimentsDale’s marinade, Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, SLAP saucePickapeppa Sauce
  • Mexican condiments: Trader Joe's Guilt-free Guacamole, Chi Chi’s chunky salsa, Herdez salsa verde, pickled jalapenos, La Lechonera sour orange juice
  • Carbs: Bay’s English muffins (plain and cinnamon-raisin), Lender’s egg bagels, flour tortillas, corn tortillas
  • Rice: jasmine, wild, yellow, arborio, brown, Carolina gold
  • Meat drawer: Wright’s applewood smoked bacon, Hebrew National Beef Franks
  • Produce drawer: spinach, kale, butter lettuce, carrots, celery, lemons, limes


  • Ice cream: Trader Joe’s coffee ice cream, Ben & Jerry’s Phish food, Haagen Dazs caramel cone, Breyer's French vanilla, homemade
  • Homemade beef and chicken stock
  • Meat: ground beef, chicken wings, chicken thighs
  • CarbsSister Schubert’s sausage and parker house rolls, Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, Grand's buttermilk biscuits, 
  • Pastry: pie crust, Dufour’s Puff Pastry, Trader Joe's chocolate croissants
  • Freezer meals: Trader Joe's chicken tikka masala
  • Fruit: mixed berries, mangos, peaches, strawberries, grapes, bananas
  • Vegetables: corn, peas, lima beans, stir-fry mix, spinach
  • Potatoes: French fries, sweet potato fries
  • Nuts: almonds, pecans, walnuts
  • Drink mixers: canned lemonade and limeade
  • Spectrum organic shortening


  • Flours: all-purpose, self rising, cake flour, whole wheat, bread flour, oat flour, semolina (I prefer King Arthur and Bob's Red Mill)
  • GrainsGeechie Boy grits, yellow cornmeal, farro, wheat berries, quinoa
  • Thickeners: Wondra flour, tapioca starch, potato starch, cornstarch, arrowroot starch, rice flour
  • Canned beans: black, Bush’s baked, black-eyed peas, garbanzo, kidney, cranberry, refried
  • Binders: plain bread crumbs, panko crumbs, rolled oats
  • Dried pasta: spaghetti, whole-wheat penne, orzo, rice noodles
  • Stock: Swanson’s natural chicken stock, Pacific Organic beef stock
  • Tomatoes: Rao's tomato sauce, Whole San Marzonos, tomato paste
  • Canned vegetables: Trader Joe's corn, green chiles
  • Anchovy paste
  • Wild-caught tuna in packed in olive oil
  • JIF extra-crunchy peanut butter
  • Velveeta Shells & Cheese
  • Mixes: Jiffy corn muffin mix, Powdered ranch mix, Knorr Vegetable Mix
  • Coffee (whole beans): Lavazza, Dunkin’ Donuts, Dirty Nekkid Man
  • Salty snacks: Tortilla chips (rounds), Lay’s Classic potato chips, Ritz crackers, saltines, sea salt pita chips, pretzel crisps, sesame sticks, Wheat Thins, Cool Ranch Doritos, Marcona almonds, Lesley Stowe's Salty Date & Almond Crisps
  • Sweet snacks: graham crackers, kettle corn, chocolate covered espresso beans, Nature’s Path pumpkin flax granola, Trader Joe’s milk chocolate with hazelnuts, Trader Joe’s Gummy Tummies, Haribo gummy bears, Ferrero Rocher chocolates, Nutella
  • SplurgesBrown Butter Sea Salt CookiesLittle John’s ToffeeVosges Bacon Pancake Mix




  • Vodka: Svedka, Tito's
  • Bourbon: Bulleit, Bulleit Rye, Basil Hayden’s, Makers Mark
  • Gin: Hendrick’s, Citadelle
  • Tequila: El Charro Silver or Cazadores silver(for margaritas), Herradura silver (for sipping)
  • Rum: Meyer’s dark, Malibu, Bacardi
  • Liqueurs and cooking wines: St. Germaine, Bailey’s, Godiva, Grand Marnier, Chambord, port, Godiva, Frangelico, Rumplemintz, Amaretto, Crème de cacao, Crème de cassis, Stirrings peach liqueur, Calvados, dry sherry, cream sherry, marsala
  • Mixers: Jimmy Luv’s bloody Mary mix, Zing Zang bloody Mary mix, Whynatte LatteAltar Co., ginger beer, Mexican coke, diet coke, sprite, cranberry juice, lemonade, pineapple juice, OJ, soda, tonic, homemade simple syrup, Rose's lime juice, bitters, maraschino cherries, coconut cream, olives
  • Red wine: Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Malbec, Cali blends
  • White wine: Sancerre, Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino, Rosé
  • Sparkling: Prosecco, Cava