Things You Season Because You’re You

I always sprinkle crushed red pepper flakes on my pizza and pasta.

I always add a few shakes of salt to homemade turkey-lettuce-mayo sandwiches.

I always douse cottage cheese with salt and pepper, especially pepper, until the mound of cottage cheese takes on the appearance of a volcanic range.

I always put horseradish sauce on my burgers and Arby’s roast beef sandwiches, after which I take my chances.

I always shake more salt and pepper on fried or scrambled eggs, even after my spouse says she has already salted and peppered them.

And yes, I have added pepper to steak au poivre.

When I make tuna salad — and it’s rare that I get to make it — I always add curry.

I always add about 1/3 teaspoon of sugar to my coffee, as more would be too sweet and less would be too bitter.  And only a dollop of half-and-half please.  Adding skim milk to coffee is a crime against javacity.

I always butter each individual pancake in a stack of pancakes.

If there is excess onion or scallion flavor in a dish — and almost any amount is too much for me — I try to mentally subtract it, as if the onion was somehow added by mistake.

When I was a kid, I salted watermelon because that’s what my dad did.  It took me years to stop parroting him and decide that watermelon tasted great on its own.

I always add something to my martini.  If we have cherries or raspberries, it’s those.  Otherwise it’s a couple of olives.  Otherwise a lemon peel.  Otherwise I see something 1920’s elegant in the angle of the glass and drink it with that mental embellishment.

So, what might be your seasoning rituals?

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3 Responses to Things You Season Because You’re You

  1. Gavin Larsen says:

    Salt on watermelon– any melon– is a taste I picked up from my mother, who salted everything beyond belief. :) And here’s to red pepper flakes!!

  2. Eric says:

    *Always* crushed red pepper flakes on any type of pizza. Frank’s RedHot on scrambled eggs. Worcestershire sauce on steak. And Tajin sprinkled into low-sodium V-8!

  3. Clay Tarver says:

    I had forgotten the salt on watermelon thing that my father taught me. I’ll try that again. He also put grape jelly on scrambled eegs, and talked about having eaten ketchup sandwiches during his youth in an orphanage. I saw him eat “cannibal sandwiches” (raw hamburger). He said he liked them.
    My mother was not a good cook.

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