Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are. If it's Dream Whip, you must be from Nashville. For years I've kept a list of groceries around here bought exclusively by native Nashvillians, and possibly also by native Louisvillians, Birminghamians and Charlestonians, too. The reason? Each is a critical ingredient in an important recipe from a Junior League cookbook.
Beau monde seasoning
Kraft Garlic Cheese Roll
As far as I can tell, all of these are still available on Nashville supermarket shelves, except Kraft Garlic Cheese, which was discontinued after the holiday season of 2007. Not every market in every neighborhood stocks them, but enough to keep the natives appeased. I found Dream Whip at the Hillsboro Village Harris Teeter, for instance.
I'm a little relieved, honestly, because I worried about the potential for social unrest after H.G. Hill closed.
For Southerners who have emigrated to other places, there's Hard to Find groceries to supply the Big Five, plus Famous Chocolate Wafers, which I would have added to the list, except that would have been six.
What about your hard-to-find ingredient? Have you asked a grocer to stock it? What is it, and where do you get it?