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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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What are the Best Skillets for Professional Chef Cooking?

Wondering what are the best skillets or frying and sauté pans on the market? For professional chefs, various factors like heat conduction, weight, durability and reactivity must be taken into account prior to purchase (which often happens by the dozen). So what are the options out there on the market and at specialty chef’s shops? […]

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