What Are Your Top Five Herbs/spices/seasonings?

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  1. BigDaddyLH

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    My favourite cuisine is Indian, so my secret spice is ... asafoetida: "It is also known as asant, food of the gods, jowani badian, stinking gum, Devil's dung, hing, hengu, ingu, kayam, and ting."
     
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    Rosemary, basil, garlic, coriander, chives, all fresh.

    Lemon grass, garam masala from a local Indian market, bay leaf, nutmeg, cumin, oregano.

    I guess that's what I use most of, but we have a whole pantry full of spices.
     
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    Jeez, I still have nightmares about that stuff from the time I worked in Hyderabad. They claim it is a digestive, it sure is, it stops you eating anything.:eek:
     
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    Good use of emoji there. I think it's popular in Hari Krishna cuisine because they don't like to use downward growing veggies, if I recall correctly.
     
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    Current favourites would be the ingredients of an asian vinaigrette;

    vinegar, sugar, mirin, soy sauce, sesame oil, fresh chilli and fresh ginger. I know that's seven, but you can't leave anything out!
     
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    For spicy dishes, beer is a great flavoring as well as a flavor enhancer. I use it liberally. For sauces, gravys and such as that I prefer using wine and the type depends upon the dish I intend to pair with it.

    Nutmeg is another spice that works well with most meats and sauces and doesn't get enough credit in this application usually thought of as a spice for pumpkin pies and eggnog drinks.

    Balsamic vinegar can be a great flavoring as well as I use it quite often to enhance dressings, dips, sauces and marinades....
     
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    Depends on what I'm cooking. I'm a huge fa of fresh garlic, and ginger. Turmeric and curry are staples. Secret weapon/ingredient, that I wouldn't want to go on living if it didn't exist?

    Ancho. Gotta have it.
     
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    So far I'm proud to see no one listing that soap flavored herb...cilantro.:eek:
     
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    Basil (fresh leaves only)
    Wine (sweet for the sugars to carmelize)
    red pepper (almost any form)
    Garlic
    rosemary (needles)
    oregano (leaves)

    Mmmm Penne Arabiata!! Thanks, now im starving!!!
     
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    I love Cilantro, and use it liberally in several of my favorite dishes.

    Interesting fact: cilantro tasting like soap is a genetic condition. To roughly 15% of the population, it's worse than gnawing on a bar of Irish Spring. To the rest of us, it tastes nothing like soap at all.

    There's a similar condition related to broccoli. To some people, it's not their imagination, or picky eating. It literally tastes awful.

    When I cook, I can't use celery. I like the way it smells, I like the flavor, so I'll use powders. If I bite into an actual piece of it, it immediately triggers my gag reflex. Every time. Super weird. It's happened my entire life.
     
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    fresh ginger, garlic and jalapeño, turmeric and cinnamon.
     
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    Garlic
    Cumin
    tobasco
    pink salt
    worcestershire
     
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    Garlic, garlic, garlic, cilantro and prolly garlic.
     
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    basil
    garlic
    cumin
    smoked paprika
    pepper (all kinds)

    also use Cavender's Greek seasoning but it is a mixture of spices but very tasty.
     
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    So far I'm proud to see no one listing that soap flavored herb...cilantro.:eek:

    I love Cilantro, and use it liberally in several of my favorite dishes.

    Interesting fact: cilantro tasting like soap is a genetic condition. To roughly 15% of the population, it's worse than gnawing on a bar of Irish Spring. To the rest of us, it tastes nothing like soap at all.


    WOW!! Never knew that. I have a buddy that is a great cook and a fairly adventurous eater. I use cilantro a lot and he said the same thing about it tasting like soap.

    When I first met my wife, she'd never really had cilantro. After gradually developing a taste for it, she's addicted to it as I am. I use it a lot, but didn't list it because I don't keep it on the shelf.
     
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    That's interesting and explains the reaction of a couple of people I know. I love coriander in Thai food, to me it tastes just fresh. I cannot stand parsley however.
     
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    Interesting! So 85% of people are walking around with f-ed up taste buds...:)
     
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    Garlic, cayenne pepper, turmeric, oregano and bacon.
     
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    I like the foundation for SE Asian food:

    Sweet; Salty; Sour: Spicy

    ...in any combination. Depending on the country, it varies but it's often palm sugar, soy/fish sauce, lime/tamarind/vinegar, chilli

    But my favourite stuff of all time is red miso paste. I eat the stuff from the jar with a spoon - especially when it's humid and I'm sweating like a pig.
     
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    Mrs. D. is a small town Ohio girl. For her there are only three spices: Salt, catsup, and mustard. :)

    Basically, southeastern USA cooking right now. Vinegar, hot peppers, brown sugar, bacon grease.
     
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