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Everything's better with flavor

I've always wished that I could get excited about eating plain veggies. Wouldn't it be great if eating a bag of carrot sticks could delight as much as a strawberry or a banana? I'm sure there are people out there who believe this, I'm just not fortunate to be one of them.

It's not that I'm anti-vegetables, and I don't go out of my way to avoid them (I know some who do). In fact, there are quite a few vegetables that I love: spinach, broccoli, carrots; I just think they taste better with other things. Technically I feel the same way about meat, but it seems to be expected that you would season meat, but not necessarily so with vegetables.

I once had a conversation with a friend who was attempting to convince me that once he stopped eating meat, he'd been able to discover the real flavor of vegetables and that they were great all by themselves, unlike meat (which all taste the same to him). Sorry, but I'm not a believer. In my opinion, seasoning is used to enhance the flavor of whatever you're seasoning; with out seasoning, the world would be a sad, bland place.

You may have noticed from my recipes that I have a favorite few: basil, garlic, salt, and black pepper. There are many others, but I feel a meal just can't go wrong if I add those four ingredients. What are some of your favorites? Whatever they are, I hope you're including them often and, of course, enjoying a flavorful meal always.

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