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 Dumpling-Girl
Joined: 7/20/2005
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What's your favorite secret ingredient?Page 2 of 15    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
I have a collection of Asian condiments that always seems to make their way into my cooking in some combination. In particular - oyster sauce, soya sauce, sambal oelek (chili paste), sweet chili sauce, hoisin sauce and sometimes worchestershire sauce. I was trying to follow a (new to me) Italian meatball recipe yesterday, and when it came to adding salt, I couldn't help myself and used soy sauce for a richer flavour. I agree with the person who mentioned umami.
 lucilou
Joined: 3/18/2006
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What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 9/9/2008 7:51:53 PM
I use cilantro, oyster sauce , garlic powder and accent makes your cooking taste 100% better.
 obeythepug
Joined: 8/29/2007
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What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 9/10/2008 10:40:09 AM
I found using real dairy heavy cream seems to impress people. It works for both savory and sweet dishes. My mom worked in the food industry. People would wonder why the company chef's food tasted so much better than their home cooking. My mom said is was heavy cream and lots of butter. It may not be good for your health, but it tastes so good.
 junipermoon
Joined: 3/1/2006
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What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 9/11/2008 5:36:20 PM
rose water in baklava. cardamom in shortbread. gingersnaps instead of graham crackers when making the crust for cheesecake.

i have some other tricks, but they tend to slip my mind until i go to cook or bake.
 Traminer
Joined: 6/11/2008
Msg: 38
Da wine dat matches
Posted: 9/11/2008 6:30:10 PM
I can taste the winemaker's love....and my pulling of the cork....
 oddandy
Joined: 3/5/2008
Msg: 39
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 9/26/2008 12:20:05 PM
Tiger Seasoning goes in and on everything I make. Garlic and MSG. What more could you need?
 Lokert
Joined: 2/28/2008
Msg: 40
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 10/6/2008 4:14:34 AM
I'd deffinatly have to go with veal stock when made properly and reduced, it naturally thickins from the bone marrow great for making soups and sauces. Main use prolly being demi-glaze which is 3 parts veal stock 1 part red wine then reduced by about 3/4, which is probably the best thing you could ever have with steak =)
 Lokert
Joined: 2/28/2008
Msg: 41
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 10/6/2008 4:18:17 AM
oh and goat cheese amazing with almost anything has a very interesting creamy texture
 MsMicki
Joined: 10/2/2006
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What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 10/6/2008 7:05:29 PM
I make my own !

I dehydrate onions, garlic, all kinds of peppers, tomatos and fresh herbs
pulvarize it and keep it in a shaker

Use it in/on everything from soups , spaghetti sauces, burgers, ribs, chicken, Mexican dishes.....etc
 myhoney4u
Joined: 9/5/2008
Msg: 43
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 10/9/2008 1:25:30 PM
Love....cooking with love.
 Ideoform
Joined: 9/23/2007
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What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 12/11/2008 11:53:22 AM
Bergamot is my new favorite flavor.

It is a flavor, a scent, an healing herb/essential oil, and has a mysterious historical past.

Right now I am drinking green tea with Bergamot and Agave nectar. This is the flavoring that makes Earl Grey tea taste so unique. Bergamot is in 30% of all men's and 50% of all women's perfumes. It is an essential oil of a sour citrus fruit grown in a section of Italy.

Its also used in witchcraft. Bergamot was used by Italian calabrian wiccas. There is a pagan cult that worship the god given name of the Bergamot. On their talismans is a bergamot orange.

I am using Bergamot oil in baking, salad dressings, lemonaide, tea, yogurt, in my home-made window cleaning formula, in my home made hand lotion and soap. I think it is a good scent in beeswax candles, also. I am trying to find Bergamot marmalade.

The oil used to be used on the skin as part of tanning accelerators, but is not anymore because of the cancer risk.
 triestina
Joined: 11/26/2008
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mushrooms on toast or add to full b/fast
Posted: 1/18/2009 3:57:42 PM
quarter mushrooms place in microwavable bowl just enough water to cover add a little marmite and cook for 2 mins and add black pepper to taste stir well and cook for 30 seconds more on high and serve on toast after draining off most of water, no need to butter toast if dieting, makes a lovely snack!
 mik1950
Joined: 2/21/2009
Msg: 46
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 4/18/2009 9:38:17 AM
M.S.G...gotta have it
 mik1950
Joined: 2/21/2009
Msg: 47
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 4/19/2009 6:30:51 AM

Ooooops was that 2 tbs of cinnamon I just put in the chili?


umm...ya you probably did
 HarleyKat~
Joined: 3/30/2008
Msg: 48
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 4/20/2009 6:52:32 AM
Lately I use Mrs. Dash in just about everything! They have different blends, including a table blend which is finer and more mild....but the classic is great for everything from coating and crusting a meat, to adding some zip to a soup! I use this almost as often as my Rotel! :O)
 oddandy
Joined: 3/5/2008
Msg: 49
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 4/23/2009 8:20:55 PM
Tiger Seasoning. I put it in absolutely everything.
 oddandy
Joined: 3/5/2008
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What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 4/24/2009 8:47:34 PM

WTF is tiger seasoning?


Mostly MSG, garlic and onion powder

(MSG gets a bad rap...it is mana from heaven)
 forum101
Joined: 2/5/2008
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What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 4/27/2009 9:21:47 PM
Sage. I love it. cant get enough of sage.
 LobstersMate4Life
Joined: 5/20/2009
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What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 5/31/2009 10:46:27 AM
Lemon Juice and/or Chili Lemon Powder found in Hispanic markets
 mik1950
Joined: 2/21/2009
Msg: 54
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Posted: 6/11/2009 8:41:58 PM

Boil HEN till cooked thru (not regular chicken)let cool
pick white meat
cube into about 1/2 in size
mix with REAL Mayo mix well
add white grapes maybe a few walnuts


sounds like a variation of a waldorf salad...i'd toast the walnuts first myself
 TXR40
Joined: 6/28/2008
Msg: 55
What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 6/30/2009 7:34:29 AM
A dash of Tabasco is always good... depends on the dish though, no one wants this on ice cream that I'm aware of.
 WaikikiWahine
Joined: 8/14/2006
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What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 7/9/2009 2:46:14 PM
Well, I have to agree that a touch of mustard, like Dijon in Bernaise is fantastic.

WW
 diana411
Joined: 3/25/2009
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What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 7/13/2009 12:26:45 PM
2 tblsp unsweetened cocoa powder in chilli,saffron in risotto,adobo on grilled meat along with a tsp of sugar for extra browning,key limes in fresh salsa instead of regular ones,peas in beef stew along with red wine one for richness one for sweetness, and my very best secret for buffallo wings is deep fry them a few at a time in hot oil and my very delicious sauce is sylvias mopping sauce and raging buffalo sauce bye bulls eye a half a bottle each and one stick of melted butter to die for try it just heat the together and throw them on top
 diana411
Joined: 3/25/2009
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What's your favorite secret ingredient?
Posted: 7/13/2009 12:28:15 PM
also i think better than i spell and i cook better than i think so please excuse the grammer tks
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