Dang it . . I never can remember everything I want to say. Here are some other answers to questions.
1. The tomato paste in a tube – I use the Amore’ brand. I find that some of the canned tomato pastes are kinda bitter but I don’t find that with the Amore’ brand. And, how often do you need 1 or 2 Tablespoons of tomato paste? Yes, the rest can of the can can be spooned into a resealable container . . but I find the tube so much better. Per ounce, it isn’t inexpensive but when I consider how much tomato paste I waste when using the cans, I don’t mind paying for the tubes. I just ordered a case of them from Amazon. Amore’ also has a pesto paste in a tube that we love. I could just sit and eat that stuff plain right out of the tube!
2. File for gumbo – You can mail order that too but even our little grocery store carries it. And, if you live where there’s a sassafras tree, file is just ground up sassafras leaves. Make your own . . here’s some info on how to do it . . very easy and it just lasts forever!
Now you know everything I know about everything! 🙂