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Mar 11, 2007 09:07 PM

Great ingredient combos

Anyone ever get temporarily obsessed with a great combination of ingredients and put it in every dish you can for about a week (or longer)?

Most recent examples from my kitchen:

*Holy Trinity (bell peppers, onions, celery)

*Burgundy mustard, Oregon white truffles (Oregon, just 'cause they're easier to get than Italian) and tarragon

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  1. Garlic and EVOO! On, everything but, pancakes!

      1. Wow, truffles for a week. Would you share your source. I have gotten some in the past from Oregon but feel my product was not as good as my friends reports.
        Soy Sauce and Balsamic vinegar.

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        1. re: Franken

          Phoenix grocery chain called AJ's Fine Foods (doesn't help you much in Fresno!) has them in little containers for $250/lb. Many of them are not very good, but if I get in there when they've just re-stocked, I can find a good package. The good are off white and firm...the bad are rubbery and almost black. I don't know where AJ's gets them (but obviously, Oregon lol).
          As for the quality, I'm really not an expert on truffles, but they taste good to me; admittedly, they are not as good as the ones from Europe that I've had, but they are still a nice ingredient.
          There is an Oregon Truffle Festival (I think annually), but I've never made it. I bet you could meet good suppliers and buy some good product there. I'll have to plan a trip around this soon, I think (grew up in Oregon, so I visit frequently).

          1. re: Franken

            Concur. Soy sauce (Bragg's Aminos usually b/c the gluten kills my stomach) and Balsamic (white or brown). In addition, sometimes a tad of lemon juice, depending on the dish. And most often garlic as well or garlic salt.

            1. re: Franken

              I don't cook with soy very often, but this combo is sounding good.

            2. Garlic
              Soy Sauce
              Sesame Oil
              Light Brown Sugar

              Marinate everything with this combo. Fish, chicken, beef - haven't tried pork.

              BTW, this is the combination for bulgogi. I vary the amounts of each ingredient depending what I'm in the mood for but, basically these five ingredients.

              1. Spinach and feta. Or chard and feta. I've definitely had whole weeks where I was doing one of the two every which way. Spanikopita, in puff pastry pockets, as filling for stuffed peppers, with pasta, with chicken, in a sandwich (especially with some tomato or some proscuitto) in a frittata...anyone have any other ideas?

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                1. re: JasmineG

                  mmm...spinach and feta stuffed peppers. that sounds good.

                  1. re: don giovanni

                    Oh, it's so good. I cook and chop the spinach, then cool it, combine it with feta, some sauteed onions and garlic, an egg, some spices and breadcrumbs (and sometimes some other vegetables), and stuff and bake the peppers. Yum!

                      1. re: JasmineG

                        add some fennel and then a bit of ricotta on each one -- to die for.