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.
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.
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.
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.”
Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the lunar New Year. The Asian New Year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February, due to cyclical lunar dating. On the Western calendar, the start of this New Year falls on January 28, 2017, The Year of the Rooster. On the Chinese calendar, 2017 is Lunar Year 4712.
As always, the New Year is marked with symbols of hope and prosperity, and of course, sumptuous food. For good luck and good fortune—or just plain good fun—here are some customs and foods to celebrate the coming year.