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.
If there is an ingredient that you are not familiar with, check our Ingredient section. There are pages and pages of information about the ingredients used in my recipes.
Cooking wine is to be avoided at all costs. As I mentioned in the section on cooking with wine, using a bad wine will result in a bad dish. In all of your cooking you should strive to use the best quality ingredients. Cooking wine is not one of these. This is primarily because the wine must, by law, be made undrinkable. This is usually accomplished by adding salt (or worse yet MSG) but there are often other ingredients and flavors used.
Hmmm… combine poor quality wine with salt or other ingredients that will render your recipe unpredictable? Best to avoid this one.