- Fresh Herbs- I'm talking fresh basil, thyme, tarragon or even parsley.Fresh herbs add a burst of flavor , a splash of color and separates chefs from cooks. Add them to an omelet, sprinkle on potatoes, or even toss em in a salad for a totally new twist on a favorite dish.
- Flavored Vinegars- I'm not talking your traditional red and white- experiment with champagne vinegar, aged balsamic or try blending up some sherry vinegar with a few roasted peppers (and some of those fresh herbs in #1) for a homemade vinaigrette you'll never forget.
- Extra-Virgin Olive Oil- Really good olive oil, it's worth the splurge. A drizzle of good oil is the culinary equivalent of the L.B.D. (little black dress) add it to meats, poultry, fish or veggies - sprinkle with salt, pepper and those fresh herbs, pop into a hot oven (375 degrees) and voila dinner is served!
- Exotic Grains- Sure you can keep plain old white rice around but the next time you go shopping pick up some basmati or jasmine rice follow the simple cooking directions on the back of bag and all of a sudden your herb roasted chicken served with jasmine rice just moved on up in life!
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