Originally Posted by Pierogi Princess
But question, how to you use food themselves as seasonings?
Using hot peppers is one of the more obvious ones. There are maybe a dozen distinct flavors of spicy peppers. Used in the proper amounts with dishes like corn, it can turn them from a bland "ok" dish to one that has real zip.
The various types of onions, or even just the juice of them. Citrus zest. Capers are really a flower that is used as a seasoning. Apple peels can be pressed and the juice used over a salad with a little lime or lemon zest.
I'll bet all those fabulous cooks on this group use many, many foods as flavorings (seasonings), for dishes that go from bland every-day food to something fantastic when another food is used to accent it's flavor.
Using a food processor to extract the juice of things like different nuts and then using just the nut juice over a roast. Everyone will say "This is so fantastic! How did you make this?"
Even the timing of when you use the items can make a huge difference in the final flavor. There are thousands of combinations. Tasting different skins and juices and then imagining them on a certain type of food. That's how you find them. "This would taste really good with...."
You see what I mean?