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Old 07-03-2014, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Squirrel Hill PA
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Animals eat purely for sustenance.
I don't think that's really true. My animals will enjoy a snack despite the fact that they have had more than enough food to sustain them. The only difference between them and us is opportunity and thumbs.

I don't think the chicken and pasta dish I made for lunch yesterday would have been very good without the fresh basil and garlic I seasoned it with. I keep a variety of dried herbs on hand as well as growing some basil in a pot outside. Some of them are quite old because use them rarely, and they still taste fine when I need to use some. As long as they are stored properly there is no need to toss them out.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:02 AM
 
Location: brooklyn, new york, USA
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food sleep and sex are the most important to me in life. that means

delicious food at every single meal, preferably freshly cooked (i eat out maybe twice a month) with fresh fruits on the side. the food is always flavored with adobo, turmeric (indian spices), mexican salsa, spicy hummus, etc. i love spicy food. i couldn't do without it. i eat KFC for a reason. i love the herbs and spices they use on it. i can't eat a neutral salt pepper dish. doesn't do it for me.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:59 AM
 
Location: NYC
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Make sure you carefully look at those dried spices that have been sitting in the cabinets for a while before you add them to recipes.

They can get buggy.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:43 AM
 
Location: The analog world
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If I had limited resources to purchase aromatics, I would keep at least salt, pepper, mustard seed/powder, and fresh garlic & onions in my kitchen, along with a pot of parsley, a few lemons, and a bottle of Bragg's apple cider vinegar. If I could add a couple more, I would choose cinnamon & chili powder. Given a little patch of dirt, I would plant basil, oregano, sage, and chives at the very minimum.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Penna
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Sounds like you have unrefined tastes, very boring indeed. But each to his own.
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Old 07-03-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I see animals eating grass and other stuffs without any spices and they seem to enjoy every meal

Maybe if you bring up your pet dog or cat feeding them with spiced food then they will complain when given food with no spice
I am not a pet.
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Western Oregon
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Even Indian food uses the same half a dozen or so spices over and over again.
WCG, you posted a lot of good info, but this piece is not true.
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:41 PM
 
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I grew up in a house where there was only salt and pepper, not even cinnamon. Then I visited my big sister, who was married and a good cook and I discovered the wonderful world of spices! I can't imagine a world without at least garlic. BTW, with spice enhancing the flavor of food, much less salt is needed, which has to be a good thing, right?
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:45 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Wait, how would you make pasta sauce without spices? Just tomatoes?
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Old 07-03-2014, 12:49 PM
 
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I buy a lot of my spices in the bulk isle or in the hispanic isle - they are 1/4 of the price.
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