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jenjen



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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 8:59 pm    Post subject: gourmet pantry staples Reply with quote

I was looking in my pantry last night, and it occured to me that I always have gourmet staples like puy lentils, black truffle paste, porcini mushrooms, artichoke paste, oritz anchovies, tinned italian white asparagus and italian tuna in oil sitting quietly waiting to be opened.

What are your favourite gourmet staples and what dishes do you quickly make from them?
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Barbara



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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2006 11:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mine are not so much gourmet items but I always have a couple of packets of Rustichella pasta, canned plum tomatoes and good olive oil.
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Erin



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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 2:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always have truffle oil, (thanks for the reminder Jen, on the list it goes), an assortment of olives, good chocolate with varying levels of cacao, lots of different kinds of jam, (currently I'm addicted to my aunts brand), Market Spice Tea, pomagranate molasses, etc, etc, etc! I think I could go on for days, and these are things I always have on hand.
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Lady Amalthea



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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always have a good olive oil, Italian tuna fish, pasta, interesting jams and mustards, plain fleur de sel, spiced fleur de sel, saffron, various kinds of pepper (such as Piment d'Espelette), allspice and various vinegars. I also have a ton of different spices, but we're not even going to go there.
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JM



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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We always have Latini pasta (better than Rustichella IMHO), at least 3 kinds of extra-virgin olive oil, white truffle oil, Maldon sea salt, Italian tuna in oil, plenty of chestnut jam, canned San Marzanos, parm reggiano, bottarga, and one or more varieties of dark chocolate.

We're partial to Italian ingredients and our fave throw-together meal is Latini bucatini with a few cans of olive oil packed tuna and chopped parsley tossed in...a dash of S/P and sometimes some chili flakes...delicioso and very satistfying.
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yum, JM, I would like to come to your house! Please tell me more about your 3 olive oils.
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The one gourmet staple I buy regularly but cannot keep in my pantry is chocolate. My husband eats it, any and all!!! I've even tried hiding it in the flour canister. How he could've found it there is beyond me, but it's gone. Shocked

Alas, we have all kinds of mustard...
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Barbara



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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JM I have not seen Latini pasta in NZ so have not tried it. I'll look for some on my next visit to Oz in August.
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David



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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sweetbabyjames---I used to have a housemate who could literally sniff out any cache of chocolate in the house. She truly was amazing!
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Bekbeka



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PostPosted: Tue May 23, 2006 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that person could be me. If chocolate's there, it's gone. Quickly. I try my very best to keep it out of the house, but if by any chance it sneaks its way in, I have to make my husband hide it. And he's really not that great at hiding things. I'm much better but hiding things from yourself really defeats the purpose right?
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