What's the one ingredient you could not live without?

Some of mine are garlic and onions (obviously! Lol) and whipping cream.

What are yours?

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PieceOfLayerCake
PieceOfLayerCake June 11, 2017

Lemons....If I want to take pretty much any baked good from bland to bright, just a little lemon zest will do wonders! If what I'm cooking just tastes fatty and flat, a spritz of lemon juice (or vinegar) will just wake everything up.

On my 9th birthday, my grandmother made me a boxed lemon cake with canned lemon frosting and my name spelled out in candy corn (my birthday is on Halloween). She was a strange lady and she figured since she liked lemon cake, I would. I tasted it and immediately burst into tears. I hated it. As a 9 year old, I didn't have the capacity to appreciate the gesture, nor the palette to appreciate lemon cake. I spent years in a desert of NO LEMON desserts. That's until I started baking for myself and using REAL lemons. I was blown away with how wonderful and versatile the flavor of lemon is. Lemon curd, lemon pound cake, lemon-blueberry muffins, lemon meringue pie, tarte au citron, the list goes on. Now its a go to for me. When in doubt, make something light and refreshing with lemon.

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Jr0717
Jr0717 June 12, 2017

The chef-y me says salt, but I have to agree with PieceofLayerCake..lemons are pretty much in regular rotation in my kitchen. So is Tahini. Tough question!!

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Christina Marie Smith

Lemons are a great one!! I use limes more than lemons.

#teamlime

Salt of course! I'm texan so we probably use more salt than preferred!! Haha

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Christina Marie Smith

Love your answers!

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BerryBaby
BerryBaby June 12, 2017

Lemons are a good choice but had to give this some thought. I'd say honey. I use it on sliced apples and grind fresh black pepper on top. Great snack! Drizzle it on watermelon, cantaloupe, cottage cheese, bacon, yogurt, granola, use it in my coffee (yum! Honey coffee with cream!), in salad dressings, on potato chips ( yes, it is good...sweet and salty) and on just about everything! Try it, you will be pleasantly surprised. BB

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Tryumph
Tryumph June 12, 2017

Aside from the usual cast of characters (onions and garlic), I would have to say a good olive oil or 2. Cooking, drizzling, dressings. Haven't tried it on a bagel yet, but under the right circumstances I am sure it would work.

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My Friend Maillard
My Friend Maillard June 12, 2017

Parmesan! It's got pretty much all of the tastes and is therefore a great element to reinforce and blend flavors.

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foofaraw
foofaraw June 12, 2017

Sun dried tomato in oil. I like to add the sun dried tomatoes on most western cooking and making a simple sandwich by it on bread and sprinkle it with salt and pepper. The oil is also great to replace olive oil when making salad, stir fry, etc, as it already has spices and umami flavor from SD tomato.

Another cooking essentials is sea salt with iodine. Sea salt because it has more complex flavor than table salt, and iodine because it is essential for health - at least that is what WHO said.

For baking, it is vanilla paste, not as expensive as vanilla beans, but more flavorful than vanilla extract.

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Sam1148
Sam1148 June 15, 2017

Literally, Salt.

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Exbruxelles
Exbruxelles June 16, 2017

As Sam says, we can't live without salt.
Parmesan was my almost instant reaction, but after giving it a bit more thought, living without eggs would be really difficult.

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BronaCos
BronaCos June 16, 2017

Salt - pure and simple. Interestingly, most responses are flavor enhancers.

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GsR
GsR June 18, 2017

Hot chilies

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Bevi
Bevi June 19, 2017

Lemons

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