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May 10, 2009 1:18 PM Subscribe
What single ingredient can make my cooking more exciting or interesting?
posted by dr. boludo to food & drink (85 answers total) 115 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a pretty competent cook, like to experiment in the kitchen, and am always looking for new flavors.
In the past year, there have been two additions to my kitchen that have quickly become staple flavors that I find myself adding to lots and lots of dishes: smoked Spanish paprika (thanks to Mark Bittman) and calamansi-infused vinegar.
I'm looking for other ingredients that, for an outlay of a relatively small amount of money, can be transformational in turning an otherwise ordinary but good dish of fresh ingredients into something exceptional.
What are your favorite secret ingredients like this? And what do you use them for?
Bonus points for anything that is particularly well-suited to the plethora of fresh vegetables we're about to start getting as our first CSA membership starts up. Thank you!