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Let's Dish: What's Your Go-To Seasoning?

Sometimes I follow recipes to the letter, but most of the time I stick to preparations that allow me to absentmindedly add a pinch of this and a dash of that to achieve a perfectly seasoned plate. There are, of course, the basics like salt and pepper, but more often than not, I find myself reaching for the bottle of fish sauce. This umami-laden Southeast Asian staple made from fermented fish may sound like an odd ingredient for pasta dishes or salad dressings, but its saltiness and — I'm just going to say it — stinkiness provide an interesting slant on what would otherwise be a run-of-the-mill dish.

So tell us: what's your go-to seasoning when you cook?

Photo: Susannah Chen

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Susi-May Susi-May 4 years
Black pepper! Call me simple, but almost everything savory tastes better with black pepper.
fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
Shallots-fresh or dried.  Their flavor is a nice cross between garlic and green onion.
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
 @Anna Monette Roberts I'm going to have to look out for that!
KarKarB24 KarKarB24 4 years
Cinnamon! I put it in my oatmeal, tea, and any baked goods I make!
kellan kellan 4 years
Definitely granulated garlic!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 4 years
Nutritional yeast. Sounds gross, tastes nutty.
Anna-Monette-Roberts Anna-Monette-Roberts 4 years
I'm obsessed with Trader Joe's 21 Season Salute! I put it on pretty much everything — rice pilafs, hummus, soups, fish, chicken.    http://www.traderjoes.com/fearless-flyer/article.asp?article_id=539
Susannah-Chen Susannah-Chen 4 years
Fish sauce is one of them, but I also love salsa Lizano for anything that needs a little spice.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salsa_Lizano  
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