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Umami—That Thing We’re Craving

The elusive fifth taste is what we’re talking about here. Any respectable cook or chef probably knows umami loosely translates into “delicious taste” from umai (うまい) “delicious” and mi (味) “taste” (source here). This kind of savory goodness is found in foods that are high in monosodium glutamate, things like moldy cheese, miso, seaweed, steak, […]

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The Best Marinade May Be No Marinade at All!

When most of us cooks and chefs think of marinades we naturally think of “marinating” i.e. throwing that steak or those chicken breasts in some highly seasoned, somewhat acidic concoction to result in a finished product that’s tender, flavorful and nicely browned. Well believe it or not Uncle Joe’s prized overnight marinade just might not […]

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Garlic Preparations: Sautéed, Minced, Chopped, Sliced and a Few Other Ways

Ever ask yourself if you’re adding garlic at the right time to that marinara or stew? Ever wonder why your guests are crinkling up their noses when you’ve thrown some raw, minced garlic into that nice big salad you made?  Well here are just a few tips I’ve gleaned while doing my research and talking […]

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Balancing the Five Tastes—Spicy, Sweet, Salty, Sour/Bitter and Umami–Part 2

Whether you’re from Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Northern Europe or North America, your taste buds are actually much like anyone else’s on the planet, save a few Super Tasters and Non-Tasters out there. No matter where people are from, they perceive of five major categories of taste; spicy, sweet, salty, sour/bitter and umami/rich. Now within […]

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Defining the Five Tastes—Spicy, Sweet, Salty, Sour/Bitter and Umami–Part 1

Anyone who want to be a decent cook or even a decent sandwich maker should know a thing or two about the five taste categories, namely: spicy, sweet, salty, sour/bitter and umami.      Umami     Probably the one many of us just aren’t sure about is that elusive fifth taste—umami, so I’ll spend a little while talking […]

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Where’s the Never Ending Egg “Trend” Taking us Now?

Flash back to 2007 and you start seeing lots of eggs topping salads, pizzas and showing up poached on polenta. Take a snapshot of 2010 and you’ll see a renaissance of classic Caesar salads, topped with eggs and eggs mixed into an array of vegetable dishes and appearing in many a carnivore’s delights. Since then, […]

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Chocolate and Chili—Trend or Real Staying Power?

Well since roughly 2006, chocolate and chili in oh-so-many renditions has been a presence in both the realms of the savory and the sweet. Go to your local Whole Foods and you’ll undoubtedly find no less than five varieties with the combination of sweet and sultry and spice, from dark chocolate with cinnamon and red […]

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