Friday, July 22, 2011

Favorite Brands

I have certain brands that I just plain like, and to my mind the food's just not going to taste right without that special ingredient.    
I love Mezzetta's Garlic Stuffed Olives.   They're great in a dish by themselves, chopped up in some Tapenade or reclining in an ice-cold martini.    I try to keep a jar in the fridge at all times.  I think that they are that good.  Hard to find in my neck of the woods, and a little bit pricey, but worth it.  Especially when I can find them on sale.
Tapenade

 Another brand I really enjoy (but can't get here.) is Litehouse dressings .  They have a Light Blue Cheese dressing that's full of flavour and not vinegary at all, just cheesy.     Their Jalapeno Ranch dressing is out of this world and I use it for my deviled eggs, adds a nice little zip.   They used to have a Jerk sauce that was so awesome that I cried when they discontinued it.  Well, not really, but I wanted to.   They can be found in the refrigerated section in the produce department.


I also like Siljans Crispbread, but they're not widely distributed, so unless you're in a major metropolitan area or can afford the shipping costs it just isn't worth it. And since I don't live near a major metropolitan area or near a Scandinavian Deli  and don't want to spend more to ship it than to buy them, I make do with Wasa Crispbreads and they do just fine.

As you may have surmised before, I'm kinda drawn to spicy food, and one ingredient I love to use in my Chile Verde is Stoke's Green Chile Sauce.  I can't find it in my state, but I've been known to have a case shipped in from time to time.  

There you have it, just a few of my favorite things.  Well, favorite brands, at any rate.  

Sid Munkholm
Sid Munkholm

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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