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Old 06-23-2007, 04:14 PM   #1
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Ingredients that make anything taste good?

What are some ingredients that can make anything taste good when added to a dish? (if there such a thing?) I'm thinking of stuff like onions, garlic, honey... maybe maple syrup. Can anyone think of others?

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Old 06-23-2007, 04:20 PM   #2
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What are some ingredients that can make anything taste good when added to a dish? (if there such a thing?) I'm think of stuff like onions, garlic, honey... maybe maple syrup. Can anyone think of others?
Salt is the ONLY thing that you can add to most any food to improve it's flavor, even sweet foods like fruit and chocolate.
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Salt was going to be my #1 choice but oddly another couple ingredients that can be used in sweet or savory dishes is cilantro and lime. I've just got a "thing" for those two flavors. They are a great addition to fruit i.e., fruit salsa, or just some fresh fruits, like watermelon, and pineapple, and they add so much flavor to chicken, pork, fish, etc.

But that one certain thing would have to be salt.
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Salt was going to be my #1 choice but oddly another couple ingredients that can be used in sweet or savory dishes is cilantro and lime. I've just got a "thing" for those two flavors. They are a great addition to fruit i.e., fruit salsa, or just some fresh fruits, like watermelon, and pineapple, and they add so much flavor to chicken, pork, fish, etc.

But that one certain thing would have to be salt.
I love working with those flavors too KElf, but they're both cuisine and flavor specific. You need to be looking for a certain end result to use either because they have such distinct flavors that they can either accentuate or totally ruin a dish. They're both one of those flavors where it will depend if a person likes the taste of it or not. The one herb that I think can be used in more dishes than most is thyme. In can be used in mostly any European cuisine, Latin cuisine, Contemporary American cuisine, and in many Asian dishes too. Soy, citrus, and thyme go very well together. With citrus, lemon is probably the most universal.
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You mean I can't just think of me????? Yes, I was totally thinking of only my tastebuds with those two ingredients. Those were the only two things I could think of that I actually use quite a bit without having of a certain cuisine in mind......only thinking of my.


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i think some people took me a bit too literally. I also think salt is the only thing that can improve the flavour of ANY dish. What I was really wondering was if anyone could think of stuff that seem to be in A LOT of dishes (like onions and/or garlic).
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What I was really wondering was if anyone could think of stuff that seem to be in A LOT of dishes (like onions and/or garlic).
Chiles/peppers: They're key in Indian, Asian, Mediterranean and American (North and South) cooking.
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