Your favorite single ingredient

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  1. eastshores

    eastshores

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    It's a real hard question to answer for me. If you had to narrow your ingredients into a single all time favorite ingredient (excluding salt and pepper) what would you say does it for you?

    I think I'd have to say garlic for me. I enjoy garlic as an ingredient in more dishes of differing region and style than any other single ingredient I can think of. It's flavorful, a bit spicy, and healthy to boot!

    Now see if you can decide on a single one! /img/vbsmilies/smilies/rollsmile.gif
     
  2. kyheirloomer

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    MEAT!!!
     
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  3. greg

    greg

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    Arugula.
     
  4. koukouvagia

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    Onions and garlic is standard for me. 

    Favorite at the moment is juniper berries.  It turns gamey meat into gold! 
     
  5. gunnar

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    it would have to be garlic for me as well...mmm....onions are a close second.
     
  6. boar_d_laze

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    Love.

    BDL
     
  7. nicko

    nicko Founder of Cheftalk.com Staff Member

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     Smoke
     
  8. skatz85

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    cumin, i use alot of it at home
     
  9. petalsandcoco

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    I really enjoy Dill.

     
     
  10. leeniek

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    I'd have to say garlic.. I love the stuff!
     
  11. canadatogo

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     Good answer. We were taking the piss in baking at college, and our instructor actually told us that love was NOT the secret ingredient in everything. I think a part of me died that day../img/vbsmilies/smilies/wink.gif

    Without giving it too much thought:

    Butter.
     
  12. kristopher

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    lemon juice. 
     
  13. kirstens

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    Onions (white, red, yellow, green). Cilantro comes in as a close second.
     
  14. zane

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    Wine, you may not call it an ingredient but I consider it one when you are pairing wines and food as it compliments the dish as if it were an actual ingredient. 

    But to answer your question in a less out of the box way:

    Cheese
     
  15. apinchof

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    Avocados. They are the perfect food.
     
  16. phatch

    phatch Moderator Staff Member

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    Who could pick just one? 

    Lemon, Garlic and Rosemary is one of my favorite combinations. Each separately is also quite good.

    I suppose I could make an argument that the soy bean is my favorite single ingredient but that's more for what it can be turned into that makes so many things good. Soy sauce, hoisin, bean paste, tofu....
     
  17. tuscan chef

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    Olive oil. Can not live without.
     
  18. teamfat

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    Definitely a tough question.  My answer would have to come from one of these three:

    Meat

    Vegetables

    Seasonings


    As side ingredients that make so much other cooking possible, I'm undecided between butter and eggs.

    mjb.
     
  19. dc sunshine

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    A Personal Chef in the kitchen /img/vbsmilies/smilies/bounce.gif
     
  20. boar_d_laze

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    Bourbon, applied internally.

    BDL