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emglow101 Feb 22, 2012 08:10 PM

Do you find yourself sometimes getting a little heavy handed on spices, herbs, or salt and pepper. Not enough to ruin your dish, but just a touch too much. Wanting to get big flavort this is a very fine line. Yea it's good but could use less.............. Do you tend to go a little heavy on your seasonings?

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    noodlepoodle Feb 23, 2012 08:03 AM

    I tend to be a little heavy handed with lemon and spicy peppers, so I have to tone it down for my DH. As for myself, I don't like too much cinnamon or clove. I'm gradually increasing the garlic in my cooking, but I find that can be overdone as well. Sorry...

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      jvanderh Feb 23, 2012 04:30 AM

      I am heavy handed with sriracha. The rest of the world is heavy handed with black pepper. That stuff is not delicious! If I ruled the world, that extra shaker would be full of well sauteed garlic, dried and pulverized. Mmmm.

      1. mariacarmen Feb 22, 2012 10:43 PM

        I really like big FLAVAH. so yeah, i go with heavier doses, usually. the exception is cooking for my 83-year-old dad, who likes the blandest food imaginable. a perfect dish for him has salt, but not too much. for my own food, i always add more garlic than anything calls for, more heat, more oomph. i don't think i've ever gone toooooo far... but the BF may argue that point. however, while he's a good cook, his dishes are usually on the tamer end of the spectrum.

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          escondido123 Feb 22, 2012 08:18 PM

          As an editor I have to say it should read "little TOO much." That said, my husband has said there are some herbs/spices where their flavor should be on the edge of perception....nutmeg comes to mind for me.

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            emglow101 Feb 22, 2012 08:32 PM

            Thanks.

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              mucho gordo Feb 23, 2012 09:56 AM

              For me, it's cumin. It has the aroma of well used sweat socks and should be just a hint in the background.

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                BananaBirkLarsen Feb 23, 2012 10:06 AM

                I agree about the cumin. I love it in almost everything -- it's one of my most-used spices -- but it's really easy to overdo it. Just a sprinkle it usually enough.

                I've also been known to use more vinegar and lemon juice than many people like on occasion, and to be a bit heavy-handed with the chilies. But I like the acid and the spice, so in my opinion, that isn't TOO much.

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