Signature ingredient -- and is it a flaw or fav?

Do you have an ingredient -- a spice, herb, aromatic -- that tends to creep into every meal you make? For example, do you feel like your meals aren't tasty enough unless there's jalepeno involved? Or is there some herb you can't live without?

Do you know people who take this to an extreme? Would you like to pick them up and shake them and tell them that there can be mashed potatoes without garlic, and that basil isn't one of the four food groups? Do you know someone who puts hot sauce on everything to the point that you wonder why they bother with any other flavors?


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