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Jul 7, 2010 06:03 AM

are you obsessed with any food product in particular?

I love Danish butter on those rye crackers that they sell at Ikea and I love really good home style summer fruit jam and I love La Macchia olive oil and I love these crazy candied vegetables that they do at a place in Montevarchi (crazy, crazy good) and I love frozen mallow bars (but I can't spell it)

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  1. Hot sauces. There are literally thousands on the market and I would love to try them all (well, most of them). I could easily shred my portfolio by collecting what's currently available.

    1. I adore chocolate, cheeses, chiles including powder form and tomatillos because of the versatility.

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      1. re: Cherylptw

        what else do you with tomatillos? I use them for a spicy red sauce, and black beans, and sometimes a mayo to serve alongside corn on the cob, but otherwise I'm stumped.

        1. re: fayehess

          Enchiladas suizas can't be made without them, there are many other uses for tomatillos.

      2. Foie gras, black/gray mullet roe from Taiwan, pata negra jamon iberico, pineapple syrup, freeze-dried pineapple powder. They're always good.

        1. grew my own arugala this year and I cannot get enough of it, literally picking it as it sprouts out of the ground!!!

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          1. re: momoftwo

            oooooh what a wonderful idea! Did you start with seed and then move the seedlings?

            1. re: momoftwo

              The first time I grew arugula I made myself sick from eating so much. It tasted out of this world different from anything either at a market or even a farm. Now I'm much more restrained... almost.

              1. re: Gio

                Too funny Gio, but I bet it's fantastic. :)

              2. re: momoftwo

                I am so going to plant arugula next year. What a great idea. Can't get enough of it. My fav:
                pasta w/frsh ricotta, lemon zest, parm, sauted slivered garlic, fried basil and a ton of fresh arugula (no cooking) tossed in at the end w/ pgnoli or homemade garlicky croutons.

                1. re: fayehess

                  Oh ma gawd! That sounds out -of-this world delicious. I am SO making that... and soon!

              3. Yes! Frozen mochi with ice cream (trader Joe's green tea and mango)
                I also love hot sauces from any and every country and Asian condiments
                Pickled vegetables all cuisines, regular pickling, sweet, hot and sweet or hot - used to be obseesed with buying jarred kimchee, now I make my own.

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                1. re: chef chicklet

                  Totally with you on the pickled vegetables -- be it kimchi, sour cabbage, etc ... heck I even consider pico do gallo to be "pickled vegatables".

                    1. re: chef chicklet

                      Sometimes I'm tempted to go to Subway and ask for a jalapeno and banana peppers only sandwich ...

                  1. re: chef chicklet

                    Stopped by TJ's yesterday to stock up on snacks for my friends visiting 14 year-old. Of course I had to push for some frozen ice cream mochi!
                    We got the mango flavor, and omgosh, how will I ever NOT get them now?
                    We had a 30 minute drive from one freezer to the next and they were so yummy and soft, yet still holding there shape, by the time we got home. Completely devine.

                    1. re: chef chicklet

                      Since you mention TJ and Asian condiments in the same post, I can't resist here---try TJ's [hot] "Sweet Chili Sauce" as it makes everything taste Thai. Even, believe it or not, Gorton's Beer-Battered Fish Fillets. And I am absolutely with you on the mango mochi.