In addition to the many obsessions I've confessed over the past year (noodle-holism, a collection of two hundred wooden spoons, and an unhealthy relationship with a product that can only, by law, be called salad dressing), I am also a compulsive list maker.
At this time of year, my list-making obsession kicks into high gear.
I keep lists of things to do, of things to sort, of things to buy, of things to cook. I make lists for me, and lists for Ted. The joke in my house: "my lists have lists."
So when Nupur of One Hot Stove, my favorite blog about Indian cuisine, suggested sharing a Best of 2007 list, I was way ahead; I have lots of lists in The Perfect Pantry, and those lists have lists, too.
Best new-to-me ingredient added to the pantry in 2007: agave nectar.
Best item in the pantry that I haven't written about, for no particular reason other than I just haven't gotten to it yet: cornstarch.
Best thing in the pantry that I won't write about, because, like many wonderful homemade products discovered on my travels, it's not available online: a Tabasco-like hot sauce from the Turquoise Mining Museum in Cerrillos, New Mexico.
Best recipe made with the least sexy pantry ingredient: a tagine of chicken with prunes.
Ten best ingredients I'm considering adding to the pantry in 2008:
- Grains of paradise
- Urfa biber
- Matcha powder
- Fregola sarda
- Cowboy ketchup
- Buckwheat flour
Which of these items are already in your pantry?
What's in your cupboard, spice rack, freezer, fridge, or sitting on your countertop that should be in The Perfect Pantry, but isn't? I'm woefully short of condiments and spices for Indian and South American cooking, I know. What else am I missing? (Use the orange search box in the right-hand column to check on any specific pantry ingredient.)
Here's to building a more perfect pantry in 2008, with your advice and inspiration!
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