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The Essential Pantry

By Cook's Illustrated Published March 2010

Besides proper techniques, the best recipes depend on the best ingredients. Here's a list of our favorite mail-order brands of several important staples to keep in your pantry.

Chili Powder

Pendery's Top Hat Chile Blend (Item # 100001-25 www.penderys.com)

Cinnamon

Penzey's Extra Fancy Vietnamese Cassia (Item # 43258 www.penzeys.com

Cocoa Powder

Callebaut ChocolateSource.com (800-214-4926, www.chocolatesource.com)

Oil

Extra-Virgin Olive, California California Olive Ranch Arbequina California Olive Ranch (916-239-2999, www.californiaoliveranch.com)

Sciabica's Sevillano Variety Fall 2008 Harvest www.sciabica.com

Extra-Virgin Olive, Supermarket Lucini Italia Premium Select http://www.worldpantry.com/

Paprika

The Spice House Hungarian Sweet The Spice House (312-274-0378 www.thespicehouse.com)

Penzey's Hungarian Sweet www.penzeys.com

Peppercorns

Kalustyan's Indian Tellicherry

Kalustyan's (800-352-3451 www.kalustyans.com)