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9 Secret Weapon Ingredients That Will Change the Way You Cook!

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Do you have a few go-to ingredients that you can't seem to cook without? We do. The kitchen staples we turn to most add flavor or texture when we need it quickly. Here are our top 9 game-changing tricks of the trade.

Panko adds a light and airy crunch anytime you need breadcrumbs.

Parmesan Chicken with Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts

Remember how we love lemon? It adds brightens everything it spritzes.

Striped Bass with Lemon, Shiitake, and Baby Bok Choy

Buttermilk creates a creamy texture for sauces and adds tang to marinades and desserts (trust us, you want that flavor!).

Buttermilk and Herb Marinated Chicken

One word: sriracha. Need we say more?

Vegetable and Tofu Pad Thai

Parmesan gives food extra saltiness (and you can even throw the rind into soups).

Parmesan-Carrot Risotto

Anchovies often get a bad rap. But they hold the key to one of our favorite flavors—umami.

Rosemary-Anchovy Pork Chops

Capers pack bold flavor into a tiny package.

Salmon Salad with Parsley and Capers

Dijon has so many uses: It can flavor, thicken, or emulsify foods.

Tuna Nicoise Sandwich

Curry powder isn't as intimidating as it sounds and a pinch will add depth of flavor (and stunning color!) to you plate.

Curried Chicken

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