What is your latest "Secret Ingredient"? We all need to cook from time to time. Some of us actually enjoy it.
But I'm one who just can't make a recipe exactly as written. So when I try new recipes, which I do a lot, I always seem to mess with them or resort to a few ingredients I like. Once in a while I pick up on a new way to make something and try it in other dishes. Here's an example.
I made some banana bread a couple of months ago that was called Maple Walnut Banana Bread. Wow, that sounded yummy and it is! It's like a basic banana bread but the one ingredient that was different was a 1/2 teaspoon of Maple Flavoring, which I just happen to have. It was sooo yummy. Well, next time I made some oatmeal
cookies I put just a bit of the maple flavoring in them and wow, they were so much richer tasting. Any recipe that uses brown sugar for a sweetener might benefit from just a bit of this yummy flavor. So that's my latest "Secret Ingredient'.
What's new in your cooking techniques? Are you into balsamic vinegar? What about
something new to spice up a barbecue sauce? Is grilling your latest thing? Let's share and help spice up each others meals and lives...
"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit, but Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad."
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