I don't have any ads on this site, but if I did, one of the very few I would consider is King Arthur Flour. I can't express how much I LOVE this company. I love that they are employee owned, I love their products, and I love the family feel the company has. Visiting their storefront in Vermont would be a dream come true. Every time I get their catalogue, I am instantly dreaming of what I will bake next. I have two of their cookbooks. Every recipe turns out fantastic. I almost exclusively use their flour and buy my yeast through them. I have tried other flours, but none of them have performed as well as King Arthur's. Their product is really that good. Recently, I purchased two new items that are making my world extra great.
First, is their sourdough starter. According to their site, it is over 250 years old. I have been using it non-stop for the last couple of weeks. It is by far the family's favorite bread. It comes with a couple of very easy recipes that have never failed to produce a wonderful loaf.
My second favorite item, that compliments the above bread wonderfully, is their butter keeper.
I really prefer real butter to margarine, but hate trying to spread cold butter. It is pretty much an exercise in futility. I have been wanting this little crock for ages and finally broke down and ordered it with the sourdough starter. I love it. It sits on our table and keeps the butter fresh and at room temperature.
As you see, the butter is in the "bell" and in the cup is about an inch of water. The water seals the butter and keeps it fresh and tasty. The butter spreads perfectly on the toast. I highly recommend it.
I will stop extolling the virtues of King Arthur Flour, but I do encourage you all to check out their site. If you happen to live in Vermont, visit their store and let me know how awesome it is!
(No, I was not paid to wax no about them, I just wanted to spread the joy!)