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Missing an ingredient from your recipe? Food substitutions are your friend

Missing an ingredient from your recipe? Food substitutions are your friend

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Get to know your tastebuds

Lean into your senses to understand what you're tasting and how you're tasting it.

Ask yourself some questions: Where does the flavor hit your tongue? Do you feel the heat from something spicy? What do you smell? Does the smell impact what you taste? Does the bite you just took feel cre...

  • Acids are usually sour: lemon or lime juice, vinegar, or wines, sour dairies like buttermilk, sour cream, and yogurt.
  • Aromatics affect the way your dish smells -  the spices and herbs in your dish: garlic, onions, ginger, cumin, paprika, parsley, bas...

Taste as you go – and adjust your seasonings accordingly

One relatively fool-proof way to get your seasoning just right – whether it's the one in your recipe or something you're subbing in: keep tasting your dish as you go.

How much you use depends on what your substitute ingredient is. Say you want to swap in dried herbs for...

Flavor isn't just about the ingredients in a dish, but also about the technique used to prepare it. Cooking is not just a series of recipes, but it's a series of techniques that you can adapt to your own taste.

Understanding the techniques can give you a lot of flexibil...

Remember that recipes are guides

A recipe is there as a guide, but it's not the law.  So if you find yourself reading a recipe that asks for an ingredient that's hard to find or too expensive, ask yourself, "Is this ingredient essential? Is it a deal-breaker if I don't have it? What's lost if I don't use it?"

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