Here, area chefs reveal three surprising ingredients they always have on hand.
Shift Manager, The Ice Cream Show
“Key lime can give you a delicious finishing touch in an amazing, fresh smoothie or added to an ice cream combo. Maple syrup can be blended with other sweet and savory combinations. Whoever said that you can’t have ice cream for breakfast must not have tried a maple syrup ice cream! We also have fresh apricots that add a refreshing taste to any fruit smoothie, sorbet, or ice cream that you can think of, as it pairs well with sweet, sour, savory, or crunchy items.”
Partner, Big Chicken
“The three unexpected essentials I never forget to stock up on for my refrigerator are all condiments or spice mixtures. These items can seamlessly infuse any dish you’re making with a bright pop of flavor. Chili crunch, an oil infused with peppers and a variety of flavorful, often crispy ingredients, adds a perfect punch of heat and texture to dishes. Miso, a traditional Japanese seasoning paste, enhances dishes with a salty umami taste. Harissa, a North African red chili paste or sauce made of a few simple ingredients including chiles, garlic, olive oil, and citrus, really adds a spicy and flavorful punch.”