The Secrets to Amazing Asian Cuisine (Hint: Cooking with Umami!)

Noodles with Tofu

Do you find yourself craving foods that have a savory umami flavor? – such as pasta dishes with aged cheese and spicy tomato sauce, pizza with mushrooms and flavorful meats, and nearly anything that falls into the category of Asian cuisine).

Our family often has those cravings, too. In fact, in my experience as a lover of umami, I’m amazed every time I complete an online recipe search for “cooking with umami.” Page after page of umami-rich recipes pop-up, with each recipe sounding more appetizing than the last.

Surprising Benefit of Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Around the world today, there are at least 170 million tons of tomatoes being produced every year. Dr. Michael Mosley wanted to know why. We already know that there is more than one benefit of tomatoes; vitamin C, potassium, folate, vitamin K and lycopene. But did this fruit, yes fruit, become the most popular because of its nutritional value?

Dr. Mosley discovered that such is not the case. There was another reason why tomatoes are leaping over mangoes, bananas and apples to be the world’s most consumed fruit.

Winter Warm Up with Savory Baked Chicken Wings

baked chicken wings recipe

Back in January we featured several tummy-warming comfort food recipes that are perfect for dinners on cold winter nights. All of those savory recipes were loaded with umami taste that would make anyone’s taste buds ‘smile.’

But I have to ask, where were the wing recipes? How could I forget to include wings? Who doesn’t love hot, juicy wings on a chilly night, especially when they are baked (not fried) and are overflowing with More Savory Goodness (MSG, of course!)? So while there’s still a nip in the air and you don’t mind turning on your oven, give these umami-rich baked chicken wings a try.

Wake up your taste buds from hibernation! Nom. Nom.

Healthy Soul Food

Healthy Soul Food

Jo Ann Pegues knows something about savory foods. In fact, her latest book is titled, Simple, Soulful and Savory Too, a follow-up to her 2014 book, Simple Soulful and Savory. In the updated cookbook, Pegues gives us even more practical, truly delicious, healthy soul food concoctions—some of her own design and others offered from friends and family. True to the book’s name, each recipe is pleasantly easy.

Foods that are Rich in Umami Taste Have “Natural” MSG

supreme pizza

A recent article in Business Insider, noting that monosodium glutamate (MSG) occurs naturally in many flavorful foods, poses the question, “How do you get free glutamates in your food naturally?”

The article explains: “Monosodium glutamate is a powerful flavor enhancer that, despite what you may have heard, is widely accepted in the scientific community as a safe additive. In fact, MSG or other ‘free glutamates’ occur naturally in many of the most flavorful foods, some of which have been used to enhance flavor in cooking for millennia.”