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A Few of My Favorite Things . . . in the Pantry

Last month I shared a few of my favorite things in the kitchen, so this month, I thought it would be good to share some of my favorite products that I keep in my pantry.

Saf-Instant Yeast - I like that this comes in a large package. Just open it up, pour it into a sealed container and store it in the fridge.

Antimo Caputo 00 Pizzaria Flour (Blue) - This is a flour I have been using for several years now, and makes the best pizza crust and pasta. I have tried other 00 flours, but so far, like this one the best. I buy it in a large quantity, which lasts me a year in our freezer.

Spicy World Peppercorn Whole Black Tellicherry - I really like the spicy kick and flavor of this peppercorn.

  Amish Country Popcorn (Baby White, Purple, and Lady Finger) - I bought this popcorn one Christmas as a gift and also one for our family. It was so delicious, it has become a staple in our home. Makes such light, fluffy, and delicious popcorn. I cook the popcorn in my Whirley-Pop with yellow coconut oil and season it with Flavacol Seasoning Popcorn Salt. It's more delicious than what you get at the movies--and so much better than microwave popcorn. 

Peets Coffee - Major Dickason's Blend - Dark Roast K-Cups - My husband insists on drinking the darkest coffee possible, and this is a brand that he really likes. I like it too, but I use I'm not sure that counts. 

Princess Cake and Cookie Emulsion from King Arthur - This has a delightful nutty, vanilla, citrus flavor I like to add to cookies, cakes, and desserts.

Harvest Grains Blend - Another item I get from King Arthur Flour that I use in my Multi-grain Sourdough Bread, that I make on a weekly basis. Wonderful stuff!

Deutsche Kuche German Sauerkraut - This is a jarred sauerkraut we found at Aldi's and I just cannot say enough good things about it! We eat a lot of sauerkraut and cabbage at our house, and this is some of the finest we've tasted. Have I mentioned that I LOVE shopping at Aldi's!

Red Gold Whole Tomatoes - I like using these when making any of my Italian tomato dishes, and especially enjoy crushing them with my fingers. A nice balance of sweetness and acidity.

Famous Dave's Signature Spicy Pickles- We love these pickles. They have just the right amount of sweetness and spice.

Sweet Harvest Mixed Fruit in Light Syrup - This is so delicious with halves of fruit in the jar. I don't serve jarred fruit very often, but every now and then it's a nice little treat. Again, another Aldi product. We also enjoy Dole's Tropical Fruit in a jar.

Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil - While I prefer to buy olive oil in glass containers, I also want the most bang for my buck. This is an olive oil that gives me that. I will also purchase affordable glass-bottled "Specially Selected" olive oil at Aldi's for special occasions.

So, there you have a few of my favorite things in my pantry. I'm sure if I gave this much thought at all, I could come up with dozens of more items to share, but this will do for now! I hope you have enjoyed this little series of "My Favorite Things." Happy Cooking!