True that! I’ve come across an amazing horseradish called Corden’s, which is made in Idaho. Haven’t seen it in my area, because it needs to be in the refrigerated section, so I buy extra when traveling. Gift it to fellow horseradish lovers too.
Not too many things at this point, but soups are the food group that come to mind. Except for Campbell’s chicken noodle soup (which I keep in the house for when I’m sick and need salt and hydration) I can’t abide any commercial soup - oh, I just thought of another one. It’s boxed from Trader Joe’s and also Pacific Foods (which I think makes it for TJ’s) - Roasted Red pepper and tomato soup. I rinse the box out with half and half.
Probably not what you were thinking when asking the question, but these were “made” at home. Tomatoes, grapes. There are other such lovelies too, but I didn’t have handy photos. The difference between these and what can be bought in a store are vast.
Especially LOVE the Pacific version of the roasted red pepper and tomato soup. I enjoy it plain, but typically doctor it up by sautéing a diced shallot in olive oil until soft, then blooming 2 teaspoons of smoked or regular paprika in the oil, and add it to the soup, which I simmer for about 15 minutes. I’ll add a glug of Amontillado Sherry, and garnish with a drizzle of sour cream, or some shreds of Manchego or Asiago cheese. (posted about this in different topics, don’t mean to sound like a broken record, it is just that good!) sometimes they have 6 packs at Costco, which we can and do work through.
Too many to list, but some of the more common ones in this house include:
All manner of breads
All manner of broths
Red and white wine vinegar
Tortillas, flour and corn, plus puffy tacos
Most soups, but onion, tomato, mushroom, and minestrone leap to mind
Espresso, cappuccino, and cafe latte
Pappardelle and ravioli
I ordered it from Amazon during the pandemic and we still have a few boxes of it in the basement. We used to love Campbell’s tomato soup - had it with grilled cheese every week. My husband worked a NATO defense project for a long time and we moved to the Netherlands and lived there several years - over the course of living there our tastebuds were definitely changed by the lack of sugar and salt in their food. A good thing. My husband would go to meetings at Ramstein airbase in Germany and could buy groceries at their commissary - tomato soup was always on my list. But over time it became unpalatable for us - too sweet. I was thrilled to find the Pacific roasted red pepper tomato soup!!
Fruitcake - nothing compares to my mother’s recipe - even though when I make it , none of my friends will eat it anyway … it’s just as well, as there is more for me! Store bought is always too dry and not flavorful enough.