Other than the basics such as salt, black peppercorns, ketchup, mustard, what condiments/flavorings/spices do you consider necessities?
Here's some of the stuff I like to keep on hand.
If I were condemned to live in exile with only one flavoring ingredient, it would be a good balsamic vinegar.
Crystal Hot Sauce
From New Orleans. Less vinegary and more complex flavor than Tabasco. Also less heat so you can add more flavor without overburn.
Fruity, mildly spicy brown sauce from Jamaica. Sort of a cross between Worcestershire and A1, but better than either.
"Lite" Soy Sauce
Wasik's Yankee Chutney
From Wasik's cheese store in Wellesley. I've also seen it at Bread & Circus. Great on rare roast beef and sharp cheddar cheese sandwich.
In the summer I plan to continue my search for the perfect barbecue sauce, jerk sauce/seasoning, and spice rub. I expect this to be a lifelong quest.
By the way, does anyone know if Inner Beauty Hot Sauce ages well? I've got a ten year old unopened bottle in my cupboard, and now I'm afraid to crack the seal for fear of being overcome by the fumes.