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It's easy to get stuck in a routine (which often turns into a rut) when it comes to day-to-day home cooking. Shake things up next time you go to the grocery store and step outside your typical purchases. From fresh spring produce to condiments that you maybe haven't tried before, there's plenty of new (or not so new) foods and products to experiment with. Here are the items our staff can't get enough of right now.

May 03, 2017

To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of MyRecipes's existence this week, our staff is sharing round-ups (by the 10's, obviously)—including some of our most useful tidbits of wisdom, favorite recipes, and amusing tidbits—every day.

So far this week, we’ve covered some of, what we feel are, the best things one can do in their food life, things like our smartest money-saving tips for the grocery store, our best strategies to simplify meal-planning, and cooking mistakes to avoid in the kitchen—but today, on the 4th day of this week-long birthday celebration, we bring to you 10 ingredients that we're kind of obsessed with and strongly feel you need to be using right now. We're serious. Like, today. 

1. Tahini

It’s good for so much more than just hummus. Drizzle it on a salad, roasted veggies, or meat for an added boost of creamy, nutty flavor. P.S. It's also amazing in desserts

2. Miso

Not only is it incredibly versatile, it's a shortcut to deep, savory flavor. We prefer white miso to start with for its sweet, delicate flavor, but we're gonna leave this one up to you.

Watch: How to Make Miso-Red Pepper Wings

 

3. Cultured Butter

Because, OMG, the flavor is incredible. It's much richer than standard butter, with a hint of tanginess.

4. Kimchi

Gut health has never been hotter, and this stuff is just what you need.

5. Harissa

Go ahead now, your dips, spreads, and sauces seriously deserve a kick of this hot pepper chili paste.

6. Strawberries

Um, have you looked outside lately? Or taken a trip to the farmers' market? 'Tis the season, friends. Your desserts have never been better off.

7.  Labneh

Move over Greek yogurt. This super thick version has an incredible mouthfeel and a bit less tang...so good just drizzled with olive oil for dipping. Break out the veggies and warm pita.

8. White Whole-Wheat Flour

Not a breaking news ingredient, but still worth a try. You can replace it one-for-one with all-purpose flour, and baked goods have more body, more flavor, and nutritious whole grains. If it's your first time using it, try substituting 1/4 or 1/2 of the AP flour your recipe calls for with white whole-wheat to get a feel for it. 

9. Fried Chicken

OK, before you say, fried chicken is a dish, not an ingredient... I mean, come on. It's always a good time to love up on a hunk of crispy fried chicken. And if you've got leftovers, fried chicken kind of becomes an ingredient. For example, we're going crazy over this curry fried chicken chicken salad.

10. Fish Sauce

Sounds a little weird, but you need to keep a bottle of this in your fridge. Forget your usual salt and pepper life, and start seasoning your food with this stuff. Perfect for veggies, meats, marninades, salad dressings, and more. 

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