1. "My snickerdoodle recipe. People love them. They are chunks of Pillsbury sugar cookie dough, rolled in cinnamon and sugar."
2. "I use jello vanilla pudding powder in all my cookies. It keeps them super soft for days and gives them almost a cake interior. Shhhh..."
3. "I add pickle juice to tuna or chicken salad. Gives it just the right amount of tartness."
4. "I use a little almond extract in all my baked goods (especially French toast) and a little espresso powder in anything chocolate."
5. "My boyfriend is always amazed at how my scrambled eggs taste so good. He’s convinced I have magical scrambling powers."
7. "I follow the recipe on the back of the Tollhouse chocolate chip bag to the letter. Everyone thinks I make the best of the best chocolate chip cookies."
8. "Try putting a decent amount of butter in a red sauce. It will taste twice as good and no one will be able to guess the secret."
9. "I begged my grandmother for her banana pudding recipe and now people beg me to make it. It's the recipe from the back of the Nilla wafer box."
10. "I worked at Jimmy John's and they had us use a little soy sauce in the tuna salad. I've been making it that way ever since."
11. "I add mashed anchovies or anchovies paste to my salad dressings, pasta sauces, and gravy."
12. "I buy Costco cashew clusters and use the crumbs at the bottom of the bag as part of my flour when making cookies. People always go crazy for them."
13. "When making homemade mac 'n' cheese, I season with a secret ingredient — mustard powder.
14. "If I cook anything that requires bread crumbs, I use chicken-flavored StoveTop stuffing instead."
15. "For pasta salad, mix the pasta (while still hot) with Italian salad dressing and diced pepperoni."
16. "Instead of milk, I use full fat vanilla or plain yogurt in my bathing mixture for French toast. It turns out perfectly every time."
17. "Instead of pine nuts (which are crazy expensive), I now make pesto with cooked quinoa instead."
19. "I add salt to hot chocolate. It somehow makes it more chocolate-y.
20. "My wife came back from Norway in love with a MAGIC spice we searched for everywhere. It's MSG."
"MSG powder. A sprinkling can really elevate a dish. People can be so afraid of it because they've been fed misinformation about its health effects. So unless a guest specifically mentions an allergy, I'll keep adding MSG to my food without telling anyone :)" —u/chasing-the-sun
21. "I use the ramen seasoning packet (beef or chicken flavor) to make my mashed potato gravy."
22. "Stop using corn starch or flour to thicken stew. Grab a pouch of instant mashed potatoes (I use Idahoan buttery herb or roasted garlic flavor)."
"Add that, stir it in, and thank me later." —u/Talanic