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Picks for the Pantry

Fine Cooking Issue 76
Photos: Scott Phillips
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Stash these mushrooms in your cupboard

If you’ve enjoyed the flavor of dried porcini but always wondered about fresh ones, this flavorful jarred version comes close, and they’re easy to get by mail. Drain and add them to an antipasto dish, or slice them as a topping for pizza.

Baby porcini mushrooms, $7.50 per jar at  Ta-Ze.com.

Fancy pink salt for a finishing touch

Instead of everyday table salt, sprinkle this Murray River pink flake salt on any finished dish. Its pale, delicate crystals are certainly pretty, but what we love most is its unusual, feathery texture and pleasant crunch.

Murray River pink flake salt, $5.25 for a 2-oz. bag at Seasalt.com.

A top-notch oil for gift-giving

From a small estate near the Tuscan town of Pisa, Vicopisano extra virgin olive oil has a sweetly grassy aroma and silky texture, with flavor notes of sweet vanilla and crisp pear and a light, peppery kick that lingers. We think it’s especially delicious drizzled over sautéed fish or roasted vegetables; it also makes a great gift.

Vicopisano extra-virgin olive oil, $23.99 for a 8.45-oz. bottle at Gustiamo.com

Dried tomatoes without the oily hassle

These semi-dried tomatoes have a soft, pillowy texture, so they’re easy to bite into (unlike many brands of sun-dried tomatoes). They’re perfect for slipping into sandwiches or chopping up for salads or omelets. An added benefit: Unlike oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, these come in a plastic pouch and don’t need to be drained, which saves you a step during cooking. Semidried tomatoes,

$7 for a 3.57-oz. package, at Oliviersandco.com.

Vinegar that’s intriguingly sweet

Imagine the tanginess of vinegar combined with the caramelly, sweet complexity of dessert wine, and that’s what this wine vinegar delivers—add a splash to a pan sauce for pork or duck.

Acetoria dessert wine vinegar, $29.99 at Chefshop.com.


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