I'm all about fresh, local ingredients, but there are a few things I keep in the pantry at all times to cut down on the shopping time. These are ingredients that I use frequently, in several different ways so I usually buy them in bulk (when possible) and freeze those that are perishable.
Fresh minced garlic in the jar
Montreal Steak Seasoning
Almonds, Walnuts or Pecans
Several types of GF flour
In addition, I have a large herb garden with basil, sage, oregano, lemon verbena, garlic chives, and flat-leaf parsley, but it's fine to use dried if you don't have any fresh herbs on hand.