We call these basics, but they are an assorted group of recipes that are the hidden glory of great cuisine and gourmet cooking. These recipes hold the mystery of turning ordinary fare into gourmet meals. We are so familiar and so comfortable with these foods that we forget the culinary genius needed to invent them.
Fundamental to cooking, they are one of the richest areas of our repertoires.
Marinades, rubs and sauces turn a barbecue or grill into high style, even while they tenderize the meats we eat. Salsas, chutney and relishes hold something in common even as their locations change. Jams and jellies sweeten. These basic recipes hold the secret of taste.