Great ingredients make for great meals. Whenever you can, use the highest quality supplies for your recipes. The flavor difference will always come through in your finished dish.
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For most chefs and cooks the one ingredient that will distinguish a good dish from a great one is using fresh herbs. Certainly the best and least expensive way is to plant herbs for your own use but, of course, this limits availability. Most groceries have a fair choice of fresh herbs and specialty stores will carry even more.
The rule of thumb when you have no choice but to use dried herbs is: use one teaspoon of dried for each 3 teaspoons of fresh. In the off season when using dried herbs is impossible to avoid, it can help to mince about one teaspoon into a tablespoon of fresh curly parsley. This can simulate the freshness of some herbs.