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I'm trying to improve my cooking - basically just get a recipe from somewhere and give it a go.
What I don't know how to figure out is when I think to myself "This needs something" - how do I learn to figure out what that something is?
I realize people train for years cooking and building a refined palate and all that crap.
Or they watch the Cooking Channel for three hours and decide to become internet food columnists!
I'm sorry. You were saying?
But where does a novice begin other than just throwing spices into whatever is being cooked?
For example, I made the foodspin chili a few weeks ago. It was tasty, but I felt like it needed something - that might have just been salt, but I don't want to just throw salt at everything all the time.
Basically is there a method, thought process to determine - this needs acid, or salt, or fat etc?