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... while rummaging through my spice cabinet

by Betty Rossi

While rummaging through my spice cabinet the other day in search of my nutmeg, out of the corner of my eye I spied a tiny little white container. I pulled it out of the back corner and the label read "Accent". What the heck is "Accent"? In the last 40 years, I've never used "Accent" in anything. It was probably something my Mum told me I really needed to become a good cook. (I have to blame someone because I sure don't remember ever buying it or using it). Maybe it's the old version of "Mrs. Dash". I don't use that either. Not because it's not good or tasty, which I'm sure it is, but for the life of me, I can't figure out what to use it on or use it for. When you take the time to cook something, you sure don't want to screw it up with an unidentifiable ingredient. I don't care what the label says.  

The outside of the "Accent" container says that it "Wakes up food flavor". I know that Chef Emeril LeGasse says, "Bam!" "Throw it in there". Not me. I'm Italian. We don't do "Bam". We do a little of this and a little of that or if it is left over from a previous meal, which is highly unlikely, we make a fritatta. But, we don't use "Mrs. Dash" - or for heaven's sake, we don't use "Accent", no matter what! I have decided to put the container of "Accent" back in the far reaches of my spice cabinet where I found it! Maybe someone in the next 40 years can figure out what to do with it. Yes, I know that I should throw the darn thing away, but I can't. Maybe it's an antique.


October 5, 2012


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