What’s the one item in your kitchen you can’t possibly cook without? A spice, your grandma’s measuring cup, instant ramen — what’s your magic ingredient, and why?

What would my life be – in the kitchen and at the dinner table- without salt and pepper? I know that the prompt implied that you had to pick ONE INGREDIENT. But salt and pepper are like brothers and sisters: No one wants to break up a family!

The Justification for Salt

French fries without the appropriate quantity of salt evenly dispersed across their long lanky limbs would be an abomination to my country-boy’s palate.

Unsalted potato chips- a cuisine from Hell- OF COURSE CHIPS HAVE TO BE SALTED!

Freshly picked and briskly boiled corn-on-the-cob, covered in butter, and then rolled into a small mound of salt… nothing better for a summer afternoon cookout.

Of course, a salt connoisseur knows that freshly ground sea salt is far superior to the regular sprinklings one finds in most salt shakers.

The Justification for Pepper

Morning breakfast would not be palpable to the taste buds without a fair dash of freshly-ground black pepper on both your scramble eggs and your biscuits and gravy.

Red pepper already rendered into the requirements of great sausage needed for the gravy-mixings and then numerous twists on the black pepper grinder covering both the eggs and the gravy- a scrupulous meal in the makings. Add the tart taste of squeezed orange juice and the languishing aromas of Columbia coffee. A feast fit for a king!

Sea Salt and Black Pepper: The Twin Titans of the Spice World

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Ingredients.”

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