Welcome to The Pauley Principle!

The Pauli Principle, named for Wolfgang Pauli, deals with atoms and electron-sharing that results in new, stronger bonds. Think 2 parts hydrogen and 1 part oxygen, a shared delectable (!) electron and VOILA! Water!

Similarly, when you prepare whole food to share with family and friends, especially foods you've grown, something amazing happens. Meals become tastier and healthier. Your soul, not just your stomach, becomes fulfilled. You live life more abundantly as a result. During a shared meal, the bonds that people create grow stronger and become something new: GREATER than the sum of the parts! I give you The Pauley Principle.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Poll Results: 10 Essential Emergency Food Items

Imagine you're stranded at home because of the weather. You may be there for days. You go to your pantry, whatever it is, whether it's one shelf above the sink or a walk-in storage warehouse. What 10 foods would do you the most good?

Imagine ice, below zero, and the wind is ferocious!
I've sought the advice of several friends and searched the Internet trying to find out what people think are the essentials. It turns out all these people turn consistently to comfort foods such as soup (mostly chili), chocolate (either candy or hot chocolate), and popcorn. So, here is my list of the 10 emergency food items to stock up with for those wintry occasions:
  1.      broth 
  2.      potatoes
  3.      canned or dry beans
  4.      tomato sauce and/or canned tomatoes
  5.      chicken, beef or venison
  6.      spices
  7.      cooking oil
  8.      something chocolate
  9.      popcorn
  10.      bread, crackers or tortillas

Thanks to everybody who participated! The list goes on and on but especially a big thank you to Althea, Cherie, Danita, Desiree, Jessi, Josh, Logan, Pat (who actually was somewhat stranded in Washington state and inspired my question-BIG THANKS! I hope you're still cozy!), Patience, and Patsy.

Several things should be on the list if we could add more.
If you could increase that list to twelve, what 2 items would you add?
Please answer and then go stock up ASAP!!! This weather can change in the blink of an eye!


  1. I would add nuts/mixed nuts and potato chips!

  2. I need to also thank Bruce and Mary for their ideas! Thanks, guys!!!
    Personally, I agree that cheese and eggs could be on my list but since they cheese and eggs won't store in a typical pantry, I didn't put them down.

  3. I went to Worthington Ohio for a wonderful and engaging writing workshop with Jane Porter. Since bad weather was approaching, I drove up and spent the night. Thank goodness! Otherwise, I couldn't have driven there. Coming back home to ice-covered roads and a white winter world afterwards made me remember I hadn't stocked up on OUR pantry items!!! And isn't that just typical? The shoemaker's children really don't have shoes!

  4. I thought about eggs, too, but was concerned they wouldn't keep. For me, jerky and chips - maybe Grippo's BBQ to give a sense of being warm.

  5. Jessi, I knew you'd also be happy that popcorn made the list. Other people find it comforting too!