Fresh Ingredients are the Best Have you ever had a dish that someone made that was kind of bland or tasted like it came out of a can? Well it probably did! A lot of people will take as many short cuts as possible to make their recipes cook up quickly. We do that so easily because of the way things are sold in the supermarkets these days. You can get just about everything in a can, including tomatoes, potatoes, greens and carrots. You can even get herbs and lettuce in a bag, almost the same as canned, because of preservatives added to keep them as fresh as possible in that bag. The best place to shop for those fresh ingredients for your special recipes is a farmers market or a whole foods type place. You will find the freshest of ingredients around and lots of them. My favorites are cilantro, chives and dill. You can usually find fresh ground herbs too, like oregano, thyme, and basil. These can be used in so many Italian recipes and as well as some French recipes. If you make vegetarian recipes, you can really spice them up with fresh herbs and spices. The markets around my home will also have fresh cut meats, fish, seafood and veggies. I have impressed more people with my home cooked recipes, when I use fresh ingredients. When you are searching the web for special recipes you might want to visit www.gourmandia.com for a huge selection of recipes to use your fresh bought ingredients. Your friends will think you have gone to school to become a chef, once they taste your home cooked recipes.