The Pantry: Teaspoon Willie's

July 20 2010, 2:20 PM
With so many products---everything from caffeinated beef jerky to bottles of cognac---coming across my desk, I see and taste a little bit of everything. But it's unusual that I discover something I enjoy enough to A) write about and B) purchase for my own kitchen. That said, a sample of Teaspoon Willie's showed up recently, and ever since I've found myself steadily making my way through the bottle. Appropriately named Everything Sauce, I've found that the tomato-y blend peps up scrambled eggs, turkey sandwiches, barbecue chicken, tacos, sloppy Joes, and even salad dressing. As far as I can tell, the savory applications are limitless, and each time I taste the slightly fiery, umami-rich sauce, I attempt to unlock the flavor profile (Denver-based owner Willie Ingram keeps the recipe a closely guarded secret). Best of all, the product is gluten-free, fat-free, and devoid of creepy things like MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, and preservatives. Mark Your Calendar: The first-annual Teaspoon Willie's Cook Off takes place August 28 (6 to 10 p.m.) at the Art Network Gallery. Tickets are $20 and proceeds benefit SAME Café. Available at Whole Foods Market.