One of my top favorite items in my pantry is my pickle relish, but I can't write about that, because you can't have any!haha Sorry, but as far as I know, my pickle relish (a homemade gift from my friend Dawn) is not available for sale, nor are her delicious pickled green beans. (I guess you'll just have to suffer on that, sorry.)
Betty Crocker mashed potatoes. They're super easy, inexpensive, convenient, and everyone loves them. The website claims that they "Taste as good as homemade!" and I'm happy to report that they are definitely the next best thing (but half the work and a tenth of the time), and they come in all kinds of flavors. Our favorite is Creamy Butter, but they also have Roasted Garlic, Four Cheese, and other combinations of the same. One box holds two envelopes, and we usually make both for our family of four. They're made with "100% real mashed potatoes" and (I'm sorry to say) some ingredients I can't pronounce, but I'm good with that; they haven't killed me yet! I highly recommend these potatoes for those times when you just want to serve a decent meal that makes everybody happy.
Smuckers Natural Chunky Peanut Butter is my absolute favorite, and when I don't have any to put on my favorite whole grain bread toast, I get very, very crabby. While my family mostly still prefers Jif, I am working on switching them over, because I'm trying to cut back on unnecessary salt and sugar, and the Smuckers is every bit as delicious. I guess I should add that the chunky variety is not for wimpy bread, but seriously, are you really putting natural peanut butter on crazy, processed white-flour "bread?" Come on over to the whole grain side! It's awesome over here!!
Okay, since I'm on the subject, I am in the market for a hearty, whole grain (as in sunflower seeds, crunchy, slice-your-own bread.) I really love LaBrea, but two stores that I buy it have switched to something inferior :( I sort of liked Breadsmith's whole grain bread that I tried last week, but it came already-sliced, and we like it a little thicker. Plus, it was just "okay." What it boils down to is this: If I'm going to eat carbs, I want them worth something. Suggestions are welcome.
That's it for me! I look forward to your suggestions on all things pantry-related. For favorite recipes (including my yummy summer favorite, Black Bean Watchamahoosit check out Mrs.4444 Cooks! For previous "Our Favorite Things" editions (including links to other contributors) check these out:
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