Secret Ingredients

Barataria has been too intense lately.  That’s no good as we head into Full Blown Summer, the period of time defined by no school for kids.  It’s time to have some fun.

I love to cook, but I don’t follow recipes.  I work on a sense of balance between the five flavors, and yes there are five if you count umami.  The techniques I use run between East Asian stir-fry, Indian masalas, French saucery, and just a touch of American excess.  I work with whatever looks good at the market or is on sale.  The ingredients I rely on include these “secrets”, my special thangs that round out the tastes and achieve a special balance.

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