Larder And Cupboard

"I'm going to save more money this year," I promised myself. "I'm going to eat better and workout more," I said.

Four months into 2015, the results have been mixed. There has been more gym time. I have been eating better, but not eating better, as in healthier. I've been buying more high quality/small batch/local foods, which seems to be linked to my money disappearing much faster. Life is hard.

Three specialty food shop newcomers have gotten the lion's share of my cash money: Truffles Butchery, Bolyard's Meat & Provisions, and Larder & Cupboard.

 Larder and Cupboard Bag

Larder and Cupboard Bag

Larder & Cupboard is in Maplewood, right around Penzeys Spices, Acero, and Schlafly. The store is packed with groceries from small producers, most of whom are from the Midwest. Let's recap some of my purchases there!

My first trip resulted in Kuva Coffee Roasters' Sumatra, Rustic Bakery's tart cherry crostini (consumed in one sitting), Mission Taco's Chile de Arbol hot sauce, Mike's Hot Honey (my favorite condiment for >1 year), Hey Boo's Mango Coconut kaya (a modern take on Singapore's coconut & pandan leaf spread), Grace & I's Ghost Pepper + Peach Preserves (sweet and spicy), and Legacy's Mango Mania Chutney.

I HIGHLY recommend the Hot Honey, kaya, and Ghost Pepper preserves. The kaya is a great toast topper and the other two work especially well with cheese. And Larder & Cupboard has got some damn fine cheeses.

 Products at Larder and Cupboard

Products at Larder and Cupboard

The most recent trip had me leaving with four jars of Ryan Maher's Missouri Wild Edibles mustards: Roasted Garlic, Smoked Ramp, Caramelized Onion, and Norton. These are intense mustards, so if you're just a casual mustard fan, you may not be able to handle these. You wuss.

 Mustards at Larder and Cupboard

Mustards at Larder and Cupboard

 Cheeses at Larder and Cupboard

Cheeses at Larder and Cupboard

Cindy twisted my arm and got me to buy their Prairie Fruits Farm & Creamery Chevre Frais and Green Dirt Farm's sheep's milk cheese with nettles. I've been trying to decide which I like better, but it's just too hard to pick. They're both creamy and mild, perfect to spoon directly into your mouth when no one is looking.

I haven't tried this rub yet, but I will soon with some high quality Bolyard's/Truffles meat. I will report back on my findings.

 Cowboy Crust at Larder and Cupboard

Cowboy Crust at Larder and Cupboard

 Pepper Jelly at Larder and Cupboard

Pepper Jelly at Larder and Cupboard

 Banner Road at Larder and Cupboard

Banner Road at Larder and Cupboard

I rarely eat jelly, yet I've bought two from Larder & Cupboard. In case of emergency?THIS STUFF. This is amazing. Anne Croy, mastermind behind Pastaria's sweets and gelato, makes this incredible granola that I have been just demolishing. It comes in a cardboard tube, which is perfect for pouring directly into your mouth. I made a bowl of yogurt and granola the other day that was 1/8 yogurt, 7/8 granola. Larder & Cupboard is a welcome addition to St. Louis and the reinvigorated Maplewood area. Every product there seems to be top notch, meaning most trips there will result in a larger tab than you expected. It's so worth it though. Good food makes life better.

Larder & Cupboard

7310 Manchester Road

Maplewood, MO 63143

314.300.8995