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What Herb/Spice Do You Most Dislike?

Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 09:38 AM

I'm pretty much a spiceophile. Rare is the spice I do not love. The strongest exception to this rule, however, is Mexican oregano. First tried it no more than a couple of years ago, and simply have not developed a taste for it. Gotta say I dislike Mexican oregano more than anything else in my spice shelves.

You lot?

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    C70 Jun 21, 2013 12:22 PM

    nutmeg
    fennel seeds
    cloves

    1. al b. darned Jun 20, 2013 08:01 PM

      Saffron
      Cilantro
      Does chipotle pepper count? If so, "chipole pepper"

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        JayL Jun 20, 2013 04:46 PM

        hing

        ack!!!

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          laliz Jun 20, 2013 04:38 PM

          Wow.
          Old Bay Seasoning is the WORST, but Mint, Curry Powder, Ginger, and Cilantro are all on this list.

          1. JAB Jun 20, 2013 01:42 PM

            Bay leaf.

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              jgilbert1000 Jun 20, 2013 01:34 PM

              Curry or capers

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                catglass Jun 20, 2013 01:19 PM

                Cilantro! I wish that many restaurants would wake up to the fact that it tastes terrible to about 15% of people. I don't know why there have been so many studies on cilantro aversion (shouldn't they be curing cancer?) but for some strange reason there have been a ton. If you, like me, are in procrastination mode today here's an article from Huff Post:

                http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/cilantro-aversion-gene-study_n_1901124.html (includes neat pesto recipe

                )

                And a pretty funny one:

                http://ihatecilantro.com/ (I love the "no cilantro" logo!

                )

                Ah, well, back to the garden. Need to plant Italian parsley, which is a great substitute for the nasty "C" plant.

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                  drewskiSF Jun 20, 2013 02:08 PM

                  i've heard much higher numbers like for 30% it tastes soapy

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                    catglass Jun 20, 2013 02:29 PM

                    I think you're right. But the only reference I found said something like 11.5%, so I was erring on the side of moderation. I've also heard that it's 20 to 30%.

                    So let us soapy-mouthed folk be heard! No cilantro! Which would be hard to say with a mouthful of bubbles.

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                  beteez May 29, 2013 01:12 PM

                  Fennel seeds & Thai Basil

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                    flavrmeistr May 29, 2013 08:02 AM

                    Dill. Can't stand it. Not crazy about tarragon, either. Tastes like the smell of an old lady's purse.

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                      catglass Jun 20, 2013 01:10 PM

                      Hey! I'm an old lady and my purse smells fine! :-)))

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                        flavrmeistr Jun 21, 2013 05:54 PM

                        Yeah, but what does it taste like? Tarragon?

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                      ChervilGeorge May 28, 2013 11:54 AM

                      I don't HATE any of them but my least favourite is saffron. It tastes metallic to me. I won't avoid it at restaurants but very rarely prepare anything at home that requires saffron.

                      Poor quality cumin can ruin a dish but the good stuff is lovely. Same with thyme (dried). I love thyme but recently bought some dried thyme (Whole Foods brand) because I was out of my French dried thyme from The Spice House. It has ruined every single dish I've added it to. It went in the compost.

                      It's interesting to see how many don't like the licorice spices. I love them. Fennel, tarragon, star anise - yes please!! I have never been able to eat the licorice candy though.

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                        foiegras May 23, 2013 02:41 PM

                        I do not like anise ... at all.

                        1. Peg May 23, 2013 10:53 AM

                          I like fenugreek, but I don't like being next to someone who ate it the previous day. So I avoid it out of consideration for my colleagues.

                          1. Jpan99 May 22, 2013 10:33 AM

                            Dill

                            1. The Professor May 21, 2013 07:05 PM

                              I honestly can't think of a single herb or spice I outright hate...although it would be easy to hate many of them if they're used inappropriately or in too great a quantity.

                              Of course, I'd be hard pressed to _define_ either of those caveats though, since it is always very much in the tastebuds of the beholder. Kind of like the unintentionally hilarious discussions among the more uber-geeks on the beer forums as to what constitutes "good" beer or "bad" beer.

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                                Jeri L May 21, 2013 06:22 PM

                                Anise (particularly star anise) and caraway. I'm not a big fan of fennel either, but it has its place (Italian sausage).

                                1. Jay F May 21, 2013 06:20 PM

                                  Dried basil. The real thing is hands-down my favorite of all the herbs and spices, but the dried tastes like every pot of bad "spaghetti sauce" in New Jersey.

                                  I can only use a little, tiny bit of cumin; more smells like armpit or ass to me.

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                                    tcamp May 21, 2013 07:03 PM

                                    Cumin smells like sweat to me as well but only in the jar. Once I start cooking it, the armpit is no more. I love the taste of it so I use it copiously.

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                                      valerie May 21, 2013 07:21 PM

                                      When I was a kid my friend's mom used to take us to Taco Bell (my parents wouldn't eat there!). Whenever I walked in the door I always thought it smelled like sweat. It wasn't until I started cooking and using cumin that I recognized that smell again.

                                      But I agree, after it's incorporated into the food that I am cooking, I never think that. And I use it somewhat often.

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                                      drongo May 21, 2013 07:03 PM

                                      "... smells like armpit or ass to me."

                                      Aaaargh... sometimes I regret reading this board. Because I have a feeling that when I next make chili I'll be checking to see if it smells like armpit or ass... aaaaargh.

                                      EDIT: Aaaaaargh!

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                                        Jay F May 21, 2013 07:12 PM

                                        The chili will be fine. Cumin smells worst to me in its dry state.

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                                        juliejulez May 21, 2013 07:46 PM

                                        I have the same feeling about cumin... smells like body odor. I don't mind it after it's been cooked into something like a sauce, but the smell of it by itself... blech.

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                                          alliegator May 22, 2013 10:24 AM

                                          I call this the "fish sauce effect".

                                      3. tcamp May 21, 2013 04:57 PM

                                        I've been pondering this for several days and honestly can not think of an herb/spice I dislike. The herbs I use the most are parseley, basil, tarragon, rosemary, sage, oregano, mint, and chives. Spices, cumin, paprika, turmeric, curry powder, ginger, and mustard seed.

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                                          schrutefarms May 21, 2013 03:29 PM

                                          Dill. Fresh dill, to be specific. I don't like it dried either, but I can handle it (kinda) if it's dried and in something, like a salad dressing or something. But fresh...BLECH! Really bums me out when people put it in potato salad. Ruins it for me.

                                          1. klyeoh May 21, 2013 03:01 PM

                                            Fresh sesame leaves, which Koreans liked to use as a wrap for their barbecued meats. Has a heavy, dull scent which I couldn't stand.

                                            1. petek May 21, 2013 02:59 PM

                                              Mint and cardamom..I could live without both

                                              1. AmyH May 21, 2013 08:29 AM

                                                Tarragon! Blech!

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                                                  earthygoat May 21, 2013 07:34 AM

                                                  Chervil, bleh! The stuff took over my garden and I had to pull up every plant. It wasn't a favourite then, but after pulling it up and smelling it for hours, I now despise it more than any other herb.

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                                                    tcamp May 29, 2013 08:19 AM

                                                    I just planted chervil for the first time in my deck boxes. I was told to use it in salads. I'll be sure not to let it take over.

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                                                      earthygoat May 29, 2013 03:34 PM

                                                      It spread through seeds, so it wasn't until the following year that it came up everywhere. You'll probably be OK with container plants.

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                                                    seamunky May 21, 2013 07:21 AM

                                                    I like them all! Granted I've never tried asafoetida, but I enjoy all the others mentioned so far. I love thai basil, all mints, cumin, dill, Mexican oregano, lemongrass, etc. etc.

                                                    There might be some applications in which I don't enjoy a spice but it's not the spice's fault. I'm looking at you, "pumpkin" -flavored cheesecake/latte/cream cheese/yogurt/frosting/coffee/etc.

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                                                      cresyd May 21, 2013 02:15 AM

                                                      Nigella seeds! I have a very very strong negative reaction to them to the point that even if I pick them off the top of a bread roll the lingering taste is still too strong and horribly unpleasant.

                                                      1. MsMaryMc May 21, 2013 12:05 AM

                                                        Not a big basil fan, myself.

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                                                          Perilagu Khan May 21, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                          Basil can easily overhwelm, I've found. I like the flavor, though.

                                                        2. hohokam May 20, 2013 05:27 PM

                                                          I can take just about anything as long as the dose is appropriate and/or small enough, but I've yet to find an amount of epazote that I can tolerate in my food.

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                                                            Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                            Not one of my favorites either. But I use it very rarely anyway.

                                                          2. Atomic76 May 20, 2013 03:58 PM

                                                            Curry powder (the yellow one is all I have tried so far). It stinks my whole place up for hours and I can't get it to go away. I'm also not really fond of the overall flavor of it either, way too overpowering no matter how little I use.

                                                            1. juliejulez May 20, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                              Anise and lesser so tarragon. Tarragon I can do in small doses, but not as a main flavor.

                                                              Also I am not totally sure on this, but I think I am allergic to sage. I don't feel so hot after eating it. Interesting because my mom is allergic to it as well. I like the taste, but not the aftermath.

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                                                                Harters May 20, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                                Cinnamon.

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                                                                  conate May 20, 2013 12:41 PM

                                                                  Cilantro. It always tastes like soap to me.

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                                                                    drewskiSF May 21, 2013 06:22 PM

                                                                    both the g/f and I are Cilantro = Soap people.

                                                                    d@mn enzyme deficiencies!

                                                                  2. cookie monster May 20, 2013 12:35 PM

                                                                    Lavender. Love it as a home fragrance, but not in my food.

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                                                                      C. Hamster May 20, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                      Lavender in food should bear a warning label. Gross

                                                                    2. Peg May 20, 2013 12:30 PM

                                                                      Tarragon, sage, rosemary, aniseed.
                                                                      Hate all of them - sage is the worst.
                                                                      I like the smell of them in a sunny garden, but not on my food.

                                                                      1. OCEllen May 20, 2013 12:29 PM

                                                                        Mint, any type, hate it!!!
                                                                        Not a big fan of anise.

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                                                                          nlgardener May 20, 2013 12:25 PM

                                                                          White pepper. I do not like the horsey mustiness of it (that's how it comes across on my palate). When we lived in Europe, I frequently stashed a pre-filled plastic grocery store black peppercorn grinder in my purse so I could have black pepper at the table when we ate in hotels and restaurants.

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                                                                            ferventfoodie May 20, 2013 04:44 PM

                                                                            Did most of the restaurants offer white rather than black or just no pepper at all? I don't remember pepper on the tables
                                                                            in Europe, but that's probably because I don't use it.

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                                                                              nlgardener May 21, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                                              The pepper shakers almost always held white pepper in the Netherlands, Belgium and France. We were there on business more often than on vacation, so many of the restaurants were in hotels. I hated ruining a soft boiled egg with white pepper!

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                                                                            ferventfoodie May 20, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                                            Additional votes for star anise and cloves. And I cannot
                                                                            tolerate more than a touch of black pepper or it overpowers
                                                                            the dish for me .

                                                                            1. Candy May 20, 2013 12:13 PM

                                                                              Dried tarragon is awful but fresh it is wonderful

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                                                                                miss_belle May 20, 2013 12:10 PM

                                                                                Rosemary here too. I grow it as an outside plant but can't stand the flavor/texture. Even the grasshoppers won't touch it and they'll eat just about anything.

                                                                                1. jrvedivici May 20, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                  Dill, dill, dill, dill..............ewwwwww..........

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                                                                                    calmossimo May 20, 2013 05:11 PM

                                                                                    Dill for me as well.

                                                                                    I generally avoid anything with dill, except I recently made a wonderful potato salad from Smitten Kitchen (http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2007/0...) and it may have been my favorite potato salad, ever. I used much less dill than called for, though.

                                                                                    My other spice would be black pepper; I find it overpowering and think it's almost always overdone.

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                                                                                      fldhkybnva May 20, 2013 05:18 PM

                                                                                      I'm not a dill fine either. There was this amazing salmon chowder at Whole Foods the other day but the single whiff of dill killed it for me. I think I have it in some things like random Ranch-style dressing or other things but it's in small quantities. If it's any dominant flavor of the dish I can't do it. I don't think I've ever even bought it and never order salmon at any catering affairs as it often comes with dill.

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                                                                                      pine time May 21, 2013 01:01 PM

                                                                                      I grow dill, too, but I'll use maybe 1/8 of whatever recipe calls for it!

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                                                                                        jrvedivici May 22, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                                        YUCK !!!!!!! I will say this though, for years I hated ginger, reminded me of when I got my mouth washed out with soap. But recently, say the past 2-3 years I've grown to love it!!

                                                                                        So who know's maybe there's hope for me and dill....but for now.....eeecchhhhh

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                                                                                          fldhkybnva May 22, 2013 11:08 AM

                                                                                          Love love ginger, but mostly fresh ginger. Dry ginger is OK but not my favorite.

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                                                                                            jrvedivici May 22, 2013 11:21 AM

                                                                                            All my life I couldn't stand it because it tasted very "soapy" to me. Then out of nowhere I just developed a taste for it and do find it very cleansing to the palate.

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                                                                                      pine time May 20, 2013 11:47 AM

                                                                                      Rosemary. I grow it and love it as an outdoor plant, but can't abide the texture or taste in food.

                                                                                      Mr. Pine abhors cinnamon, and I love it. So, no snickerdoodles for him (leaves more for me).

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                                                                                        alliegator May 20, 2013 11:55 AM

                                                                                        Rosemary it is for me. Not exactly sure why, but it is my personal yucky spice.

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                                                                                          jw615 May 21, 2013 08:16 AM

                                                                                          Same here with the rosemary.

                                                                                          I know that it is a classical combination with some foods. My younger brother (who I cook for whenever I visit home) loves it. I have TRIED to like it, really.

                                                                                          It just tastes like a mouthful of pine needles to me. And I'm highly allergic to pine. So maybe the bad taste is just telling me that I'm not supposed to be eating it.

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                                                                                            pine time May 21, 2013 01:00 PM

                                                                                            Yeah, a friend used rosemary stems as skewers for her grilled kabobs. I tried swallowing without chewing, just to lessen the taste of the rosemary-over-fire. Didn't work.

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                                                                                              Perilagu Khan May 21, 2013 02:56 PM

                                                                                              All the anti-rosemary vitriol surprises me. Until now, I'd never heard of anybody not liking rosemary.

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                                                                                                hohokam May 21, 2013 03:37 PM

                                                                                                I generally like rosemary, but I've had things that were seasoned with rosemary in such a way that they ended up tasting musty--and not just to me, but to other people eating the same food.

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                                                                                                  jw615 May 21, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                                  I've tried, really, it just isn't meant to be.

                                                                                                  I sometimes used a dried Italian seasoning mix to season a bag of steamed veggies when making a quick meal. I go out of my way to buy the cheapest Italian seasoning possible (like dollar store brand) because the blends from the nice brands have rosemary.

                                                                                                  I have had two memorable dishes that contained rosemary that I liked - some roasted potatoes and a stuffed shrimp dish. I did remove any of the actual pieces of rosemary, but they were delicious. However, rosemary was not a predominant flavor.

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                                                                                                    meatn3 May 21, 2013 07:20 PM

                                                                                                    I love rosemary and grow it. My current home came with several large rosemary shrubs.Unfortunately their flavor is not that good. I'll stick with my potted variety which I've lugged from home to home for the last 13 years! Perhaps those who don't care for it have had a lesser variety?

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                                                                                                      tcamp May 29, 2013 08:18 AM

                                                                                                      I love it too and had never previously heard of people disliking it. The flavor is strong, however, so I guess I can see how it could be overdone.

                                                                                                      I have a shrub outside my front door that is about 13 years old and keeps me well supplied with tasty herb.

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                                                                                                  valerie May 21, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                                                                  Another vote for rosemary. I like how jw615 puts it...like a mouthful of pine needles. Ick.

                                                                                                3. JungMann May 20, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                  Ironically, given the amount of South Asian and Middle Eastern cooking I do, I have never been a fan of cumin. I find its flavor aggressive and don't much care for it as a main seasoning, though I can tolerate it when tamed in a blend.

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                                                                                                    sr44 May 20, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                                    I bought a plant of Mexican oregano (coleus amboinicus) once, and so hated everything about it that I killed it immediately.

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                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                                                      Heh. A fully justified crime passionelle.

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                                                                                                      andieb May 20, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                                                      only one..nutmeg. Not sure why, but I just do not like the flavor..

                                                                                                      1. biondanonima May 20, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                                        Star anise. It is just SO strong; its flavor overwhelms and dominates just about anything it touches. I enjoy other herbs with anise flavor (tarragon, fennel, fennel seed, etc.), but star anise is just toooooooooooooo licorice-y.

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                                                                                                          Michelly May 21, 2013 07:20 PM

                                                                                                          Ditto on the anise, and in fact, any licorice-tasting thing like fennel. I like actual licorice, but for me, only licorice should taste like licorice.
                                                                                                          (Rather like only roses should smell like roses).

                                                                                                        2. drongo May 20, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                                          Not sure if it qualifies as a "spice", but my nomination is for sassafras root. I am OK with the leaves, as in filé powder.

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                                                                                                            Bkeats May 20, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                                                            Hey P Khan, is that photo for your avatar taken at the fort in St Kitts?

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                                                                                                              drongo May 20, 2013 10:48 AM

                                                                                                              I like the name of the avatar file: 511975_th_pkshootsmouthoff_1__small.jpg

                                                                                                              PK shoots mouth off!

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                                                                                                                Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                A bit deceptive, because I'm basically a silent Cal.

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                                                                                                                Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                                                'Tis, indeed. Fort Brimstone Hill. The Gibralter of the West Indies. Had a great hot dog up there. ;)

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                                                                                                                  Bkeats May 20, 2013 11:11 AM

                                                                                                                  Looked familiar. Impressive place. I can see why the english controlled that part of the Caribbean. Have you been to the Golden Lemon? Had a fantastic lunch there.

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                                                                                                                    Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 11:17 AM

                                                                                                                    Golden Lemon sounds extremely familiar. We did have lunch at this little old place up in the mountains a bit. Had the feel of a medieval keep, almost. Food was good. Sound anything like the Golden Lemon?

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                                                                                                                      Bkeats May 20, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                      It was on the water on the northeast coast. Former sugar mill and warehouses gave it an old feel. I haven't been there in a while and when I just googled it, it seems to have fallen on hard times. Doesn't look like a place we will go back to. Very sad. The dining room was a great place.

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                                                                                                                        Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                        That's too bad. I suspect restaurants rise and fall pretty quickly in St. Kitts.

                                                                                                                        The place in the mountains I was trying to think of is the Royal Palm Room in Ottley's Plantation Inn. A unique restaurant. We had lunch there; I suspect dinner in that environment would be quite the experience.

                                                                                                                        Perhaps the best fish I've ever eaten was the broiled snapper at The Fisherman's Wharf, which was located right next to our hotel, The Ocean Terrace Inn.

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                                                                                                                tandooritaco May 20, 2013 10:37 AM

                                                                                                                Asafoetida. I'll eat food at a restaurant that contains it, but I refuse to keep it in my home because of the smell.

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                                                                                                                  drongo May 20, 2013 10:45 AM

                                                                                                                  Sometimes called "devil dung" for good reason, lol. I have some, but I don't like to use it.

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                                                                                                                    tandooritaco May 20, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                    Just having in my pantry was enough. I bought it just once: we double bagged the jar and it still stunk up the pantry! I threw it out after a couple days of that, having used it just once. The Kashmiri ancestors can roll around in the ground all they want, but we'll be using onion from now on in such recipes.

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                                                                                                                      JungMann May 21, 2013 06:08 AM

                                                                                                                      Did you buy a hunk of asafoetida resin or the ground powder? I keep a small bottle of Vandevi brand ground asafoetida in my cupboard and have never noticed any smells coming from there other than the fenugreek and kasoori methi that are also in there.

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                                                                                                                        tandooritaco May 21, 2013 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                        Powder. It was in a plastic bottle, that might have been part of the problem?

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                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan May 21, 2013 08:23 AM

                                                                                                                          Ours is also in a small, white, plastic bottle. Looks like a pill bottle almost. We seal it inside of a plastic bag and have no problems with the smell.

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                                                                                                                            tcamp May 29, 2013 08:15 AM

                                                                                                                            I bought asafetida powder for the first time last week and it came in that same white plastic bottle. After opening, I stashed the bottle inside a clean jam jar which seems to contain the odor. Fortunately, I was prepared thanks to this thread.

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                                                                                                                    Bada Bing May 20, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                    I put mine in a ziplock bag in the garage.

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                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                                                      I keep mine in a lead-lined hazmat cannister, buried under the electricity meter in the alley.

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                                                                                                                        Bada Bing May 21, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                        Bet it still smells... ;)

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                                                                                                                    Pwmfan May 20, 2013 10:26 AM

                                                                                                                    Cloves; hate them in anything.

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                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 11:02 AM

                                                                                                                      The Khantessa has a pretty pronounced aversion to cloves. I rather like them.

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                                                                                                                        NonnieMuss May 21, 2013 07:21 AM

                                                                                                                        Same here with cloves - the smell gives me headaches, nausea, and severe dizziness. I couldn't even tell you about the taste since the smell drives me out of the house. Clove cigarettes are pure evil set on fire.

                                                                                                                        I'm also one of those cilantro/soap people.

                                                                                                                        While I love me some fennel seed, I don't like running across whole large seeds in a piece of sausage - crush them people!

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                                                                                                                          seamunky May 21, 2013 09:52 AM

                                                                                                                          ooh, I LOVE biting into a fennel seed in a piece of sausage! It's a bonus for me!

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                                                                                                                            NonnieMuss May 28, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                            I love the flavor of fennel, but often find it overdone - recently eating at a restaurant that boasted house-made Italian sausage, I almost choked on my first bite. I picked 18 whole seeds out of the next bite. The whole link was like that. It's cause a bit of a dislike for me; while I still cook with fennell seed at home, I always crushed them a bit before adding them to anything.

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                                                                                                                          Michelly May 21, 2013 07:17 PM

                                                                                                                          and they always remind me of "Marathon Man".
                                                                                                                          (This was a reply to "cloves").

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                                                                                                                            BuildingMyBento May 23, 2013 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                            Then Indonesia might be bad news for you- not for the cloves presence in food, but in cigarettes.

                                                                                                                          2. JKDLady May 20, 2013 10:19 AM

                                                                                                                            Sage. Can't stand it.

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                                                                                                                              pinehurst May 20, 2013 11:04 AM

                                                                                                                              You know, it's so strong and musty that I like it only sparingly. Very, very easy to use to much.

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                                                                                                                                Kris in Beijing May 21, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                                I was going to vote for sage.

                                                                                                                                It is SO necessary to me in sausage and stuffing/dressing --> But. Only. A. Little.

                                                                                                                                So, I can't do without it, but I don't need [or want] much.

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                                                                                                                                  tcamp May 21, 2013 04:55 PM

                                                                                                                                  I was on the low side of neutral for sage for a long time but poster Angelsmom changed my mind:

                                                                                                                                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/874074

                                                                                                                              2. CocoaChanel May 20, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                                Cumin. Terrible metallic taste and smell to me

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                                                                                                                                  Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                                                                                                  I probably use almost as much cumin as salt in my cooking. That happens when you cook Indian and Tex-Mex/New Mex/Mexican as much as I do.

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                                                                                                                                    tandooritaco May 20, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                    My cooking doppelganger? In our house, we make a TON of Desi and Mexican-ish food (sometimes simultaneously). The size of our jar of cumin is absurd.

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                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 11:15 AM

                                                                                                                                      "My cooking doppelganger?"

                                                                                                                                      Sure sounds like it.

                                                                                                                                      And come to think of it, I've got to make a cumin run tomorrow; we're getting dangerously low. The homestead would grind to a halt without cumin in the kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                        tandooritaco May 20, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                                                                        Ha, I understand that. We've got a couple of those essential ingredients. Cumin, garlic, dried chiles, as examples. Upon running out, records scratch, children wail, teeth are gnashed.

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                                                                                                                                      fldhkybnva May 20, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                                                                                      I love cumin as well. My favorite shrimp is paprika-cumin herb shrimp.

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                                                                                                                                        Bada Bing May 20, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                        I also use more cumin in volume than anything else but salt and maybe pepper. Buy it in 1lb. bags at the Indian grocer to keep the cost in check.

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                                                                                                                                          Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                          Definitely the way to go.

                                                                                                                                          Relatedly, last weekend I bought a few ounces of bay leaves in the Latin section of the grocery store for under two bucks. McCormick (or was it Spice Isle?) was charging seven dollars for the same thing.

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                                                                                                                                          Isolda May 21, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                                          I adore cumin. Nothing better than carrots roasted with cumin and salt.

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                                                                                                                                            BuildingMyBento May 23, 2013 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                            Cumin and salt- sounds like Djemma al-Fna in Marrakech

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                                                                                                                                          Bkeats May 20, 2013 10:10 AM

                                                                                                                                          Tarragon. I've tried it many times. I want to like it but I can't stand it.

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                                                                                                                                            Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                            I rarely encounter tarragon. I think it used to be more popular than it is now.

                                                                                                                                            My greatest memory of tarragon, however, was my mom's chicken Kiev, which contained tarragon butter. Honestly, it is one of the greatest things I have ever eaten, but damned if I can replicate it. I've tried several times, and failed without fail.

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                                                                                                                                              Bkeats May 20, 2013 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                              I never encounter it anymore. If I see it listed as an ingredient, I avoid it. Shows up a fair amount in french spots. Not so much elsewhere. Bearnaise sauce gives me the willies.

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                                                                                                                                              C. Hamster May 20, 2013 04:46 PM

                                                                                                                                              Tarragon absolutely disgusts me.

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                                                                                                                                                Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 07:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                Somewhere Escoffier is spluttering with outrage.

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                                                                                                                                                Bada Bing May 20, 2013 05:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                I also really dislike tarragon, uniquely among herbs and spices in my experience...

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                                                                                                                                                  Isolda May 21, 2013 01:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                  I used to adore tarragon, but grew very tired of it after eating it in a carrot and banana side dish I used to make to accompany broiled fish. It was really great the first 54 times I made it, but now, not so much...

                                                                                                                                                2. meatn3 May 20, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                  I'd have to say cinnamon. I like cinnamon, but I feel it is the "fall back" baking spice too often. Same in pickled items. It is often used so heavily that the flavor obliterates all others.

                                                                                                                                                  I usually cut back or eliminate the cinnamon and increase the mace, allspice, nutmeg, cardamom, etc.

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                                                                                                                                                    conate May 20, 2013 12:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                    It could be that you'd like another flavor of cinnamon too; if you're using supermaket cinnamon, it is probably Chinese cinnamon. Try some Thai or Ceylon or Vietnamese stuff. It's really good and different tasting.

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                                                                                                                                                      meatn3 May 20, 2013 02:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                      Good point about the range of flavors. I have several varieties, most from Penzeys.

                                                                                                                                                      I guess it's not the flavor per se, it's my perception of such an over reliance and over use of it in recipes. It's as if recipe developers know everyone has cinnamon in their spice cabinet but they are afraid people don't have or won't purchase mace/cardamom, etc. so they just stick with the same old same old.

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                                                                                                                                                      AmyH May 21, 2013 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                      What pickled items use cinnamon?

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                                                                                                                                                        Isolda May 21, 2013 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                        My mom used to put it in her bread and butter pickles.

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                                                                                                                                                          AmyH May 21, 2013 07:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I would have never thought that. I make bread and butter pickles every summer with my cukes but have never seen a recipe calling for cinnamon.

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                                                                                                                                                          meatn3 May 21, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I recently made pickled green almonds from a recipe which called for stick cinnamon (I omitted it since I am out of stock). My Moroccan preserved lemon recipe uses it along with other aromatics. Many pickled fruits such as figs, pears and apples use cinnamon. I'm sure there are more - these are just the ones I've made over the last few months.

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                                                                                                                                                            AmyH May 21, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                            That does make sense. I wasn't thinking of pickled fruits at all. When I lived in SC I knew someone who made watermelon rind pickles and there may have been cinnamon in them. Tasty!

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                                                                                                                                                          Will Owen Jun 20, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                                                                                                          I can't think of a single herb or spice I dislike, but I'm really tired of cinnamon. It's not awful, it's ubiquitous, and that got boring over fifty years ago for me. If someone would PLEASE invent a Christmas potpourri or "boil" that does not have any cinnamon at all I'll run out and buy it, even though I loathe those things - I would just want to encourage the effort, is all.

                                                                                                                                                        4. pinehurst May 20, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                                                                                                                          Not a huge fan of fenugreek in any form. I don't hate it, but I don't love it.

                                                                                                                                                          Cilantro, only in small doses for me.

                                                                                                                                                          The rest, bring 'em on.

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                                                                                                                                                            Perilagu Khan May 20, 2013 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Agreed completely on cilantro. I don't hate it the way I used to, but I'm still not mad about it either. Small amounts are enough.

                                                                                                                                                            But fenugreek, I love. Murg methi is one of my very favorite dishes in any cuisine.

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                                                                                                                                                              fldhkybnva May 20, 2013 01:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I don't hate cilantro, but don't love it. The other day I went to prepare herb shrimp and something seemed off. One taste and I knew I had goofed and bought cilantro instead of parsley, it was not going to be used as a substitute or for anything else.

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                                                                                                                                                                Isolda May 21, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                Don't love fenugreek, either, although it's fine in curry powder. I like cilantro in balance, but everyone in my family thinks it's like nerve gas and one molecule will kill you, so I rarely use it.

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                                                                                                                                                                  MsMaryMc May 21, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  ...and I, on the other hand, find it strange that most people treat cilantro like an herb, if they use it at all. In the quantities I use it, it's more like a vegetable.

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                                                                                                                                                                    drongo May 21, 2013 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    MsMaryMc, you might like the recipe I'm doing tonight... 4 CUPS of cilantro (yes, 4... I'm a little worried about that much myself).
                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/...

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                                                                                                                                                                      Perilagu Khan May 21, 2013 03:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      Bloody hell.

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                                                                                                                                                                        MsMaryMc May 21, 2013 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Mmmmm...got to try me some of that! Thanks!!

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                                                                                                                                                                          drongo May 21, 2013 06:56 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          Actually it was very good... though I used the mass measurement (120 g) for the cilantro rather than volume (4 cups), and I'd estimate the 120 g was more like 2-3 cups loosely packed.

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                                                                                                                                                                      ursy_ten May 29, 2013 01:38 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Funny timing coming across this topic today. I put a teensy bit of fenugreek (the dried leaves, not the seeds) in some pumpkin soup last night, since I bought it to make a tikka masala spice mix and have heaps left over.

                                                                                                                                                                      I can't get the horrid aftertaste out of my mouth! Not doing that again. I'm hoping it hasn't spoiled my next tikka masala. Blech!

                                                                                                                                                                      If I'd seen this yesterday morning, I would have said that I wasn't averse to any herb or spice.

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