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Olive Oil

If you've ever watched a cooking show, you probably know that olive oil is usually a splurge item—those celebrity chefs can't get enough of good "EVOO." When whipping up a salad dressing, cooking a beautiful piece of fish or finishing off a dish with a drizzle of olive oil, the taste of the oil will hit your tongue when the food does, so spend a little extra on an oil that’s flavorful on its own. And remember that even when it comes to a basic like olive oil, taste can be highly subjective. "Start by buying tiny bottles and trying them out to see which flavors you like best," advises Linda Larsen, author of The Everything Meals on a Budget Cookbook and the "Busy Cooks Guide" for

Just sauteing some onions? No need to break out the fancy bottle. The exception to the golden olive oil rule is if you're just using it to cook with, then you can skimp. When used that way, oil absorbs the taste of the food, so a cheaper brand (or even canola oil) will do you and your dinner just fine.

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