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Old 10-05-2005, 03:35 PM   #1
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Recipe Overkill

When reading a recipe I would like to try, and I see half dozen or more herbs and spices, I'm turned off - i.e. overkill. For me, I would like to taste the food, and perhaps 3 herbs/spices is enough to enhance the flavor. (The exception might be in a rub or certain cuisines, i.e. Indian perhaps?) When I prepare a dish and someone sits down to eat, & without tasting the dish reaches for salt, pepper, hot sauce and extra condiments, I feel my cooking effort is lost. I prefer the taste of the food.

Anyone relate?

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Old 10-05-2005, 03:54 PM   #2
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I agree in some cases. Often I prefer meats cooked plain. That is, no sauces or seasoning beyond salt and pepper because I enjoy the taste of the meat.

On the other hand, I just made a batch of dirty rice (Paul Prudhomme's recipe) and the recipe called for ten different herbs and spices. I think, in that case, it's worth the effort.

I guess you have to take it on a case to case basis.
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Old 10-05-2005, 03:55 PM   #3
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DH puts ketchup on everything, even steak. That ticks me off. That to me ruins the taste of the steak.
As for spices, that doesn't bother me too much, I have a problem with a recipe that takes up an entire page for the directions :o)
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Old 10-05-2005, 06:11 PM   #4
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DH puts ketchup on everything, even steak. That ticks me off. That to me ruins the taste of the steak.
As for spices, that doesn't bother me too much, I have a problem with a recipe that takes up an entire page for the directions :o)

Even Cereal???
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Old 10-05-2005, 06:21 PM   #5
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My husband puts hot sauce on way too many foods, imo. I wouldn't mind so much, except that he puts it on before tasting the food.

As for recipes with a gazillion ingreds, I'm the same way, Mish. I hate all those extras!
I try to figure out how the dish will taste, then pare down the spices. This is also helpful when it will call for 1/4 tsp of, say, 5 different spices, of which you may only own 2.
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Old 10-05-2005, 06:49 PM   #6
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mish do what i do. just use whatever seasoning /spices you want. i think just beacause they're listed doesn't mean you have to use them all
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Old 10-05-2005, 07:41 PM   #7
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Even Cereal???
ok ok, maybe not EVERYTHING, a LOT of things, even mac & cheese
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Old 10-05-2005, 10:28 PM   #8
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My pet peeve isn't so much the number of spices...but rather the amounts. 1/4 teaspoon of this...1/2 of that...3/4 of that...I make 'em all 1/2 teaspoon or whatever comes close...and call the recipe mine....lol.
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Old 10-05-2005, 11:42 PM   #9
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When reading a recipe I would like to try, and I see half dozen or more herbs and spices, I'm turned off - i.e. overkill. For me, I would like to taste the food, and perhaps 3 herbs/spices is enough to enhance the flavor. (The exception might be in a rub or certain cuisines, i.e. Indian perhaps?) When I prepare a dish and someone sits down to eat, & without tasting the dish reaches for salt, pepper, hot sauce and extra condiments, I feel my cooking effort is lost. I prefer the taste of the food.

Anyone relate?
Well for me I like to over spice but when the dish calls for 10+ spices I feel I must try it..For the most part spices help each other into forming a perfect delicate flavor....kinda like garlic powder, lemon pepper (the cheepist you can find) and dill will give shrimp a delicate buttery flavor.

just my thoughts..(many spices can blend into one lace like flavor)

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Old 10-05-2005, 11:50 PM   #10
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mish do what i do. just use whatever seasoning /spices you want. i think just beacause they're listed doesn't mean you have to use them all
The way I see it: Use what ever you want!!! But if your making a "dish" and you change it then call it something else because you are no longer making that dish..I cook "food" all the time and make all sorts of changes to a certain dish but I am no longer making that dish once I stray from it...:)

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