Oct. 27th, 2008

Spices

Oct. 27th, 2008 01:14 pm
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I keep wondering when the food community will turn back from fresh produce to spices as the key thing to good cooking. Went spice shopping at my favorite local specialty store and got some good Star anise to work with. Spices have more to do with the flavor of recipes then just about anything. If one is cooking corn on the cob that is not really a recipe its simply warmed vegetable and in that case the best produce will produce the best result. Now if one is making a corn chowder the corn does not carry the dish as much as the technique and spices. Many foods don't have strong taste profiles. Most meat, vegetables, and fruit are simply not that flavorful. You really need to cook them or combine them with spices, vinegars, or oils to get what I consider good flavor.

On another note met someone today who had lived through both world wars. She let me see one of her 1830's cookbooks.

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