Your favorite single ingredient

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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
 
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Onions and garlic is standard for me. 

Favorite at the moment is juniper berries.  It turns gamey meat into gold! 
 
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it would have to be garlic for me as well...mmm....onions are a close second.
 
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Love.

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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.
 
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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
 

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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....
 
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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.
 

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