Wondering if anyone has any favorite go-to ingredients that seem to add something special to virtually anything they're cooking.
My dad snuck a little Lawry's Seasoned Salt into everything, and it's a kitchen standby to this day for me, too... but only in small quantities :)
Me, I have a couple of favorite secret ingredients:
• Bragg's Liquid Aminos. The amazing product with the unappetizing name. All it is is unfermented soy sauce, but it adds a wonderful hit of umami richness without the telltale "asian" soy-sauce flavor.
• Bacon Salt. It's kosher & vegetarian, but has a rich smokiness that resembles bacon. A little dash to savory foods adds a great smoky note without tasting like bacon.
• Tajin Seasoning. I found this stuff accidentally (at Epcot Center of all places!); it's a mixture of dried chili peppers, salt, and dehydrated lime. It's marketed as "fruit seasoning", but it's great for adding a spicy citrus tang to pretty much anything. Great on grilled veggies, fish, etc.