11. Tomato paste
Tomato paste enriches tomato sauce, of course, but adds texture and flavor to sauces, soups, and stews of all kinds.
12. Canned tomatoes
Buy chopped tomatoes in cans, with or without basil, or purÃ©e the whole ones in a blender or food processor for instant tomato sauce for pasta or pizza or (diluted) for tomato soup. (San Marzano tomatoes from Italy are considered the ultimate example.)
13. Anchovy paste
Even if you don’t like anchovies, you’ll be surprised at the subtle non-fishy depth of flavor a bit of the paste adds to soups, stews, pÃ¢tÃ©s, and many other dishes — even those based on meat.
14. Peanut butter
It’s not just for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Peanut butter makes an instant snack spread on crackers, apple slices, or celery sticks, and also adds a delicious new dimension to such dishes as curries and marinades for chicken.
A great alternative sweetener (the Greeks stir it into yogurt), honey also has a number of surprising medicinal properties. Among other things, it helps soothe sore throats, tamps down acid reflux, even relieves burns.