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Fall Entertaining Essentials

This Week
in The Savory Pantry

As the long days of summer become school days, we’ve got pantry goods that will help you get family meals on the table, even when you’re in a rush. Start busy days with Augie Treats Original Granola, packed with protein-rich almonds, sunflower seeds, and pistachios to power your day (gluten free). When the dinner bell rings, you’ll feel great about serving top-selling Frontier Soups, many of which are gluten free; none contain salt, MSG, or preservatives; all take minutes to prepare. With 10 flavors to choose from ranging from Indiana Harvest Sausage Lentil to South of the Border Tortilla to Colorado Campfire Chicken Stew (which also has directions for use as chicken pot pie), these soups will keep you in good taste long into the fall and winter months. For other easy meals, choose a pasta sauce or pesto to top one of our wide selection of pastas (including many gluten free offerings), or ready your pantry for an impromptu couscous bowl by pairing this nutty grain from Les Moulins Mahjoub with whatever fresh veggies are already in your fridge and top with drizzles of Ritrovo Selections Six-Year Balsamico and Agrumato Lemon Olive Oil.

You’ll find nostalgia in a jar when you open any product handcrafted by our next Featured Producer, Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon. Siblings Jessica DeMarco and Dan Stubee are “preserving tradition through seasonally produced jams, pickles, and artisan foods that preserve the seasons’ best from western North Carolina local farmers. Savor their full product lineup and read our interview with Jessica DeMarco on the Taste.Savor.Share Blog.

A good Dijon is an essential pantry staple and Edmond Fallot Dijons are arguably the best you’ll find anywhere. Choose Edmond Fallot traditional Dijon, or add elegant twists with Green Peppercorns, Horseradish, Tarragon, or Walnut. Serve with grilled classics like sausages, hamburgers, and veggies; add depth to vinaigrettes and marinades; accompany beef tenderloin or roast beef; or turn a regular sammie into a spectacular gourmet lunch. Since 1840, Edmond Fallot has been stone-grinding mustard in Beaune, France. Edmond Fallot’s great-grandson continues to blend this artisan mustard in the family tradition, creating robust flavor you will find nowhere else. Don’t forget to serve with Edmond Fallot Cornichons Extra Fine Gherkins . . . they come with their own internal cornichon “elevator” so you will no longer have to reach through the brine to get those last crunches!

Our Featured Producer:
Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon

From the western North Carolina town of Waynesville, Jessica DeMarco and her brother, Dan Stubee, are “preserving tradition” at Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon through handcrafted and seasonally produced jams, pickles, and artisan foods.

The siblings’ grandparents were farmers who nurtured an enjoyment of food at regular family dinners. After attending culinary school, DeMarco had success as a pastry chef, but wanted to create products that would allow her flexibility for her own growing family. Landing on the theme of preserving tradition, DeMarco conceptualized this generational family value not only as literally making preserves (which she taught herself to do by obsessively poring over cookbooks and trying countless recipes), but also as inspiring people to think about food heritage, maintaining food traditions, and preserving foods so as to be self-sufficient and plan for the future.

Three years after the first experiments in making Pepper and Peach jam, this kicky delight became a Food & Wine Magazine Editor’s Pick. The jam lineup has expanded to include Blueberry Bourbon Jam, Apple Moonshine Jam, and savory Oven Roasted Tomato Jam. Other twists on classic southern favorites include Copper Pot Garlic Dill Pickles, Southern Style Pickled Okra, Spicy Jalapeno Dill Sandwich Chips, Dilly Beans with Pickled Peppers, and Onion and Peppercorn Pickles.

As you taste Copper Pot & Wooden Spoon, you’ll also taste the season’s best from western Carolina local producers along with a heaping serving of nostalgia. Read our interview with Jessica DeMarco on the Taste.Savor.Share Blog.