Ubiquitous Umami: Adding Flavor Around the World

Umami Flavor

Umami. It’s the flavor that’s savored around the world, from Asia to Europe to the United States. While this fact may not be widely known, foods that are ripe with umami goodness have been used for ages (i.e., a long, long time) in the cuisines of many countries.

To visually demonstrate just how widespread the love of umami is, this amazing graphic shows where and how umami-rich foods are used:

Experts Recommend the DASH Diet for a Healthier Lifestyle

important to reduce sodium intake

If you’re not familiar with the general health benefits of the DASH diet, you are not alone. It is NOT one of those fad diets that comes and goes, or a quirky diet plan that is touted by celebrities. Quite simply, it is one of the soundest dietary regimens around, based on years of scientific research.

What about people who are not concerned about their blood pressure? Is this diet now being promoted as being for everyone? In a nutshell, the answer is yes. The principles behind DASH can apply to almost anyone. Here’s some background to help you understand the benefits.

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.

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.

Savor the Flavor with these Comforting Main Dish Recipes

Chicken Pot Pie

Depending on where you live, winter weather can be downright bone-chilling or it can simply be cooler than normal. Either way, the term “winter” often conjures up visions of hearty, homemade comfort foods that are filling and savory. Think chili and cornbread. Beef stroganoff. Macaroni and cheese. Chicken and dumplings. You get the drift.

While we’re not going to offer up recipes for the afore-mentioned dishes in this particular blog, here are four others that should whet your appetite. Not only are they downright delicious, they also are loaded with umami rich foods, which makes them so savory, you will want to make them again and again.