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!


  1. Anonymous1:46 PM

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

  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!

  3. Anonymous11:11 PM

    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.

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

  5. Anonymous10:31 PM

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

  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!

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


  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...

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


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