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Old 03-17-2008, 11:12 AM   #1
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ISO Interesting and/or new ingredient inspiration

What interesting or new ingredients have you recently bought or cooked with? I submitte a post a few weeks ago about quinoa and since then I have devised quite an asortment of salad recipes & even hubbie loves it which surprised him. I want to discover some new things to cook with - can you please give me inspiration? Thank you

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Old 03-17-2008, 11:46 AM   #2
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Barley. I know that it's not an "interesting ingredient" per se, but it's something that I've always liked... but I've never been able to buy in the country I live in. I recently found some for sale in a small shop surprisingly near my apartment, and have been using it a lot-- It's a nice, healthy grain and you can really do a lot with it.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:53 AM   #3
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I've been on a radish and fennel kick.
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:08 PM   #4
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ground cardamom, cardamom roots, cardamom pods. They add great flavor to Asian rice dishes. Steaming the rice with cardamom pods and lemon grass is really good. Cardamom is really expensive where I live though, hopefully it isn't for you. In fact, if anyone out there knows where to get a good deal on it send me a PM or post it somewhere.
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:42 PM   #5
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chinese ground bean sauce..thats the newest addition to my pantry..

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Cardamom is really expensive where I live though, hopefully it isn't for you. In fact, if anyone out there knows where to get a good deal on it send me a PM or post it somewhere.
try an indian grocery store..

btw, what is cardamom root ?
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:00 PM   #6
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I would really like to investigate quinoa - thanks for the reminder!

My mind is kind of a blank right now and all I can think of is, and it's not an ingredient, but a combination of ingredients. I LOVE the combination soy sauce, cilantro, and lime. I use this combination in Vietnamese Summer Rolls, buckwheat/soba noodles, flank steak marinade, chicken, pork tenderloin...
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:08 PM   #7
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Whole-wheat couscous.

I like couscous, but the husband has never been a fan - thinks it's tasteless & dry - but for whatever reason he really liked the whole-wheat version. It definitely has a somewhat "nutty" taste, although I didn't see any difference in texture or moisture. But - whatever makes him happy - lol!! (Plus, the whole wheat is healthier.)
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:09 PM   #8
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Jicama is one of my favorite ingredients that most people, outside of here of course, have almost never heard of. I love using it and having people ask what it is.
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:30 PM   #9
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Jicama is one of my favorite ingredients that most people, outside of here of course, have almost never heard of. I love using it and having people ask what it is.
You mean, you have to tell the people at the checkouts what price code to look up, too?
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:32 PM   #10
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You mean, you have to tell the people at the checkouts what price code to look up, too?
Every time. I do not think they have known what it was even once.
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