11 Must-Have Ingredients from Mosquito Supper Club Chef Melissa Martin's Pantry - Modern Farmer

11 Must-Have Ingredients from Mosquito Supper Club Chef Melissa Martin’s Pantry

In addition to staples like bay leaves and homemade pickled okra, New Orleans chef Melissa Martin stocks her shelves with goods made in Louisiana.

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Produced by Monica Michael Willis; Photograph by Rush Jagoe

Steen’s Pure Cane Syrup

Located in Abbeville, C. S. Steen’s Syrup Mill has been churning out its molasses-like syrup – essentially evaporated sugarcane juice – for 106 years. (Four 12-ounce cans, $20; steensyrup.com)

Baker Farms Gourmet Popcorn Rice

This heritage, long-grain white rice, grown in Gueydan, boasts a popcorn-like aroma and a nutty flavor. (5-pound bag, $8.45; campbellfarms.com)

Avery Island Kosher Salt

Mined since 1862 on Avery Island, home to Tabasco, this crunchy salt has a crisp, briny finish. (1.1-pound jar, $7.95; countrystore.tabasco.com)

Ponchatoula Pop Rouge

The Lafayette-based company Swamp Pop has created an all-natural rendition of the discontinued Louisiana soda Pop Rouge, using Ponchatoula strawberries, the state fruit. (Four 12-ounce bottles, $9; swamp-pop.myshopify.com)

Original “Louisiana” Brand Hot Sauce

This fiery sauce, Martin’s favorite, has been produced in New Iberia for 80 years. (At grocery stores nationwide or online; 12-ounce bottle, $9.11; amazon.com)

Steen’s Pure Louisana Cane Vinegar

Aged in oak barrels, Steen’s mellow cane-juice vinegar adds mildly sweet acidity to salad dressings, marinades, and more. (Three 12-ounce bottles, $16.50; steensyrup.com)

Raw Honey

Martin sources honey from New Orleans beekeeper Jay Martin (no relation), who sells the stuff at Hollygrove Market. Alas, the market doesn’t mail-order, so you’ll have to visit the Big Easy to purchase it. (22-ounce jar, $8.88; hollygrovemarket.com)

Ground Cayenne

If you’re in town, hit the Crescent City Farmers Market for Timmy Perilloux’s fresh cayenne, ground from peppers he grows in nearby Montz. (crescentcityfarmersmarket.org) A good substitute: Baton Rouge’s Red Stick Spice Co. ships nationwide. (1-ounce bag, $1.05; redstickspice.com)

La Canne Sugar

C. Gabriel Senette’s family has been farming sugarcane in St. Mary Parish for two centuries. Now he offers turbinado sugar by the pound, in flavors such as lavender, ginger, and smoked pecan. (12-ounce bag, $5; lacannesugar.com)

Poirier’s Pure Cane Syrup

Compared with Steen’s version, Charles Poirier’s cane syrup commands a king’s ransom – for good reason. Poirier personally oversees each batch, made with cane (much of it heritage varieties) he grows in Youngsville. In fact, demand frequently outstrips supply for the rich, subtly flavored golden liquid. (8-ounce bottle, $10; realcanesyrup.com)

Bellegarde Bakery Whole Wheat Flour

Graison S. Gill, owner of this New Orleans bakery, markets his organic, stone-milled flours to the trade only. But you can buy his crusty sourdough bâtardes and whole-grain ciabatta at local retailers, like Whole Foods and Rouses Market, the next time you hit town. (bellegardebakery.wordpress.com)

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