In my cooking travels, I have occasionally run across ingredients that I never knew existed, but suddenly cannot live without, because it's in every recipe I want to make.
When I first started cooking for myself, it was Mexican Oregano. I had no idea there were different kinds of oregano, but if you want to make chili, it's the only way to go (chili, by the way, won't be a ROTW until football season). Fortunately, that's pretty easy to find. In fact, when I lived in Boston, just about everything was easy to find.
Two years ago, though, the ingredient du jour was lemongrass, and try finding that in Richland, Michigan. My usual solution was to buy some noodles with a lemongrass flavor packet, and to then throw out the noodles.
This week, while leafing through my new favorite cookbook, I suddenly noticed every third recipe mentioned orange flower water. It is my new food obsession, and it looks like it's going to be difficult to locate in the Clemson area. Amazon has it, if I feel like doubling the price for shipping (which reminds me of my absolute favorite Amazon item), but this isn't going to be available at Bi-Lo. Any ideas where I should look, campers? Does anyone even remotely local read this blog?