Umami, How Could I Live Without You?

Umami flavor

For all of us umami lovers, how could we really live without that umami flavor?  That deep, savory note that sets off gustatory happiness in our brain—it’s something we crave as part of a complete flavor experience. 
But what I just wrote is not completely true.  Experiencing umami flavor is not about a select group of people with heightened tasting abilities or people who are dedicated umami aficionados.  Rather, it is about all of us as human beings. 

Umami Flavor Bombs: The Fifth Taste in Holiday Cooking

umami flavor bombs

The holidays can bring about visions of beautifully decorated dining tables overflowing with scrumptious foods on every corner. Smells of turkey roasting, pies baking and gravy slowly simmering fill our senses with anticipation. Every host wants their holiday meal to be memorable, tantalizing and ultimately full of that flavor. You might call it a flavor bomb. You know the kind of flavor that is savory, maybe salty, mouth-watering or one that possesses all of these characteristics. Chefs or home cooks often call this kind of taste: umami.

Giving Thanks for Umami: Recipes for Savory Foods at Thanksgiving

savory foods with umami

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Can you believe it? Reconnecting with and enjoying favorite foods, family and friends is the mainstay of this holiday.

Here at MSGdish, we’re mostly about the food and have blogged in the past about the Thanksgiving meal. Included in these blogs are ways to make family-favorite recipes even more delicious. In particular, we have written about traditional Thanksgiving recipes that fall into the savory foods category (i.e., not “sweet”) These foods are considered “savory” in part due to the glutamate content of the ingredients. To us and the culinary world, savory equals “umami.” Thus, it is natural to be writing about “umami” flavor. All of us at MSGdish just can’t help ourselves!

This Thanksgiving, if you are looking for simple ways to “boost the umami” in your Thanksgiving recipes, here are a handful of suggestions.

Umami and MSG Get Some Love at FNCE

cooking with umami

Only a few days ago, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrated its 100th anniversary Food Nutrition Conference and Exhibition (FNCE) in Chicago, Illinois. Many members of the MSGdish team were there attending sessions, browsing the trade show floor and making new connections in the food world. MSGdish blogger and consultant Chef Chris Koetke was at FNCE too.

Savory Lip-Smackin’ Chicken Recipes: Perfect for Fall

Fried Chicken Recipes

Do you love chicken? I certainly do.

In fact, 2017 research shows that most of us are fans of chicken! If you purchase and prepare chicken regularly, you’re one of the 90 percent of consumers who choose chicken. It does not shock me at all that Americans will eat close to 92 pounds of chicken per person this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Why does this “love” of chicken come as no surprise? It is economical, easy to prepare and lends itself to so many types of recipes. Chicken is also ooh-ooh good, probably because it is an abundant source of umami flavor.

From kid-favorite drumsticks to my favorite – the white meat of a moist chicken breast – chicken is indeed versatile, but there’s no need to get in a “recipe rut.” If you are in interested in trying some new chicken recipes this fall, check out these mouth-watering wing recipes to get you started.

Then, you can move on to these three recipes that are sure to delight and will make you and your family shout “Chicken is lip-smackin’ good.”