The following is a list of companies that supply essential or hard to find food-related items.
All of the companies listed have on-line ordering systems, and I have personally ordered products from them.
There are many places out there to shop "on-line", some good, some bad; all of these have my highest recommendation.
-- Maureen (Bubba) Durand, November 2007
Simply the best goat cheese around!
Goatsbeard Farm is a small family farm and commercial goat dairy in Harrisburg Missouri. They have a herd of about 50 goats and all of their delicious fresh and aged cheeses are are made from their milk. Their fresh plain chevre won first place at the American Goat Dairy Association Cheese Competition.
Chile Powder, Dried Mushrooms
||My Spicer||Chile Powder: Chimayo Chile Powder, Green Chile Powder, Guajillo Chile Powder, Chipotle Chile Powder, New Mexico Red Chile Powder, Aji Amarillo Chile Powder, De Arbol Chile Powder, Green Jalapeno Chile Powder, Red Jalapeno Chile Powder, Habanero Chile Powder... Where else are you going to find these? You can make the most amazing chile verde with the Green Chile Powder. And Mushrooms! Whole, sliced or ground to a fine powder: Boletes, Chanterelles, Oysters, Lobsters, Porcinis, Morels, Shitakes, Wood Ears. This place is a gold mine!|
Asian Cooking Tools
Located in the heart of San Francisco's famous Chinatown,
The Wok Shop is a family-owned and operated business
specializing in hard-to-find Asian cooking tools.
Their prices are unbeatable, and the service is fast, friendly, and personal. A wonderful place to shop!
Thai and Southeast Asian Groceries
||Thai Supermarket||A great place to shop for hard to find Thai and Southeast Asian ingredients. The website is run by Jerry Good and his wife Yaowalak, and features over 90 authentic Thai recipes as well as Asian noodles and rice products, chili pastes, Thai curry pastes, sauces, canned goods, oriental spices, soup base, and cooking ingredients. Jerry calls their website "Not only a business but a labor of love". They also offer fresh produce such as Thai chili peppers, lime leaves, ginger and galangal. I ordered a box-full of Thai groceries and everything arrived in perfect condition. Great site and wonderful recipes (try the Thai Beef Salad,"Yum Nuea"... Yum indeed!)|
||Pacific Farms Wasabi||
"Don't be fooled. The green smooth textured clump on the side of your sushi dish is
rarely real wasabi. More commonly it is ordinary horseradish with food coloring added.
The customary ingredients are horseradish powder (dried and ground regular horseradish),
mustard powder, cornstarch and artificial color (blue and yellow). It's convenient and
inexpensive but tastes nothing like real wasabi."
Fresh wasabi is wonderful and makes a great addition to recipes. Recipes like:
The Finest in Specialty Produce for the Adventurous Home Gourmet
I ordered morels and fiddlehead ferns from Earthy Delights, and I was extremely pleased with the results! The produce arrived (via next day air) fresh and beautiful. The morels were positively the most beautiful, perfect, and tasty morels I've ever encountered. The fiddleheads were bright, green, and crisp. I highly recommend this company for exotic produce, and I can't wait until porcinis are in season!
Their full line includes: Wild Mushrooms, Fiddleheads, Morels, Chanterelles, Dried Fruits, Rare Beans, Spelt Pasta, Flavored Vinegar, Genoa Pesto, Chestnuts, Shiitake, Baby Blue Oyster Mushroom, Fresh Porcini Mushroom, Specialty Grains, Truffle Oil, Gourmet Honey & Fruit Spreads, gift Baskets.
Amazon is really a wonderful place to shop for cookbooks, or any books for
that matter (Steve and I buy all our software books there). They have one of the most advanced
systems for shopping on-line, including their "1-Click" system that lets you buy books with a single
mouse click without having to re-type all your shipping and credit card information. Of course they
use a secure server, so it's very safe (just make sure nobody else has access to your PC if you use
the "1-Click" system!). Their prices are reasonable - less than you'd pay in a local bookstore
(although it works out to about the same after adding shipping) without the hassle of going to the mall.
Deliveries are reliable and fast, too. You get your books within a couple of days, usually. Click Here to see our cookbook recommendations.
|Chili Powder, Spices||Penzey's Spices||
Wonderful, fresh spices and dried herbs. Sensible prices and fast shipping.
Their ground ancho chili is amazing. Once you've tried pure ground ancho, you'll never buy "chili powder" from the grocery store again!
If you love chipotles (dried, smoked chiles), this is the place to get them. "Ranch grown chiles are smoke-cured over orchard fruitwood and grapevine cuttings in an outdoor brick oven". Usually made from jalapenos, Tierra makes their chipotles out of everything from Hungarian Wax chilies (the mildest) to habaneros (the wildest) with the traditional jalapenos somewhere in between. They're the best chipotles I've ever tasted. John Ash says they're "The best chipotles in the world". They have a beautiful website. Unfortunately, they no longer have an on-line ordering system!
|Demi-Glace||More Than Gourmet||
Demi-Glace Gold®, from the kitchens of More Than Gourmet, is "a rich concentrated veal stock that is carefully reduced until it forms a deep meaty flavored glaze. This intensely flavored reduction is used as a base for producing wonderful, rich, velvety sauces and soups". This stuff is fabulous.
|Cheesemaking Supplies||New England Cheesemaking Supply Company||
Everything you need to make your own cheese at home. I'm serious! Cheesemaking is fun and it's not really that hard. Especially if you use Ricki's Thirty Minute Mozzarella and Ricotta Kit. Make pizza or antipasto and totally freak out your friends by serving fresh, homemade mozzarella!
If you have any gems to add to this list, please email me with the URL and a description.
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Updated 6/27/99 6:10:10 AM by Maureen Durand