Over the last few months, most of us have been home a lot more cooking our own meals. Although we miss the pleasures of dining out, this circumstance is also a blessing in disguise in that it offers two incredibly important things: control of what you put in your food, and the option to eat in a more simple and healthy way. And if done correctly, it can save you a lot of money.

We’ve learned that keeping quality sauces on hand can make a big difference. We’re lucky to have a few friends who make thier own, and thought it’d be a good idea to feature them here, both as a way to support independent businesses and hopefully help anyone reading this enhance their home cooking experience.

Shaquanda’s Hot Pepper sauce

Shaquanda’s Hot Pepper sauce is a condiment you’ve been able to find in our stores for a while. Founded by the nightlife performer Shaquanda Coco Mulatta, their different varieties balance savory flavors with a welcome kick of spice, all delivered with a smile. With Shaquandas, any simple dish is immediately transformed into an event and can make you seem like a genius in the kitchen.

Monte’s Tomato Sauce

For tomato sauce, we stand behind Monte’s Fine Foods. It’s a family business that’s over 100 years old, and traces its roots to Sant’Angelo di Lombardi and Avellino in Italy before settling in Montauk. It’s one of the Hudson Valley’s premier manufacturers of tomato sauces, and uses 100% natural ingredients. That means no tomato blends, pastes, or added sugars. It’s simple and delicious, literally the way grandma used to make.

Try these sauces and eat well.
It’s one of the most important things you can do for your health and well-being.