The Main Ingredients
When I look at the ingredients in a recipe, I dissect them into three parts.
First you have the main element - meat or veggie. (I did not include dessert because it is not a main element until it is complete. Second, other ingredients are there for chemistry's sake. For example, eggs, flour, salt, baking soda, corn starch, yeast and the like are in recipes to transition the food from one level to another. They add no taste or flavor but you can't have a recipe, usually, without their chemical enhancements. You could refer to this section as the "Breaking Bad" part of the recipe.
Finally, you have the seasonings. The seasonings are the products that will give the finished recipe its "being" or you could say seasonings give the recipe its identity. If you don't have the "taste" of the seasonings you only have a blank canvas - cooked meat or bland veggies. How can you have chocolate cake without the enhancement of cocoa? See where I am going?
Seasonings (herbs, spices and other food enhancers) are the MAIN INGREDIENTS; they make the recipe REAL. You will see I am about to get real about seasonings shortly. Meanwhile, enjoy my display of Christmas ornaments.
--Deirdre Pippins AKA Seasoning Queen
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