Sunday, January 18, 2009

What I Brought Home From New Orleans

Uhhh... I didn't really buy anyone any gifts or anything like that. But I did bring home a bunch of new and exciting ingredients for my cupboard! Miss Fancy Kittee took me to the grocery store and told me what I needed to buy. I am ignorant in these matters, so I faithfully obeyed her every suggestion. Now I can cook up all sorts of New Orleans recipes!

Photo #1:
Rouses Italian Olive Salad - so that I can make some delicious vegan Muffaletta Sandwiches.
Yum! I can hardly wait. I am pretty sure that Musty will like this stuff a lot.
Root Beer Extract - well, you already know about this, since I blogged about it before
Creole Mustard - I haven't tasted it yet. Kittee says it is good and worth buying.
Joseph's Whole Spicy Pickled Okra - That's for Musty, 100%. He is a fan of hot pickled okra.

Yessir, Yes'm, I was mighty glad that none of these fine goodies broke or exploded in my luggage!

Photo #2:
Louisiana Pecans - mmmmm. this purchase requires no justification
Zatarain's Pro Boil - a lovely and interesting spice mix for making crab boil. Needless to say, I will not be boiling any crabs, but I do look forward to experimenting with this stuff. Kittee had scoped them out ahead of time and knew that this is the one without MSG. Good!
Camellia Beans: Large Limas and Red Kidneys - Oh yeah! Red Beans and Rice, here I come!

Photo #3:
Sambar Powder - Homemade by Kittee!
Sassafras File' - bought for me by Kittee's mom! File' is hard to find out here in Santa Cruz, so now I have a good stash for my future gumbo-making
Tony Chachere's Salt Free Seasoning - now, I didn't have too much trouble finding normal Tony Chachere's out here, but it's crazy salty! So, under Kittee's guidance, I bought the salt-free variety.
Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce - straight from the source, baby!
Old Bay - another item I've seen in many recipes but have never found in the grocery store. Ah!

So... now I'm off to the kitchen!

10 comments:

  1. I am in total envy of your fabulous finds! I'm especially wishing I could find me some rootbeer extract! I miss rootbeer!

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  2. I am so jealous of your root beer extract and your pickled okra. I LOVE both! Sounds like you had a rockin good time with Kittee!

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  3. You scored some great finds. I can't wait to see what you make up with them.

    That root beer extract sounds terrific. I seem to remember some rootbeer float cupcakes swirling around the blogosphere that sounded like so much fun.

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  4. Oooh, you're going to have a blast with all those great ingredients!

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  5. What a lovely mix of ingredients. i love shopping for groceries whenever I am in a new place. It's so much fun!

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  6. Ooh, I have the Root Beer Extract from Kittee & the mustard! I like it, it's very vinegary. Red Kidneys, check! Tony Chachere's is now a staple here, thanks to Kittee. We actually like the one with salt better.

    Ooh, gumbo makin'! By the way, Fraiche is opening in SF in a few months, right near my house!! Come visit soon!

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  7. Awesome goodies! Now, what kind of spell did you cast on those jars to keep them from rolling off the table? :)

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  8. OMGZ!! ROOTBEER EXTRACTZ!!

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  9. Sounds like a great and yummy trip!! How fun. Thanks for your amazing cookbook this year. Next on our list to try, the chocolate/peanut butter cookies. They look soooo good...

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  10. what the hell california, no Old Bay? i thought that stuff was ubiquitous!

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