New Year Resolutions: Keeping Them Real

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Here we go again. Another year has passed us by so it’s time to make the oft-dreaded New Year resolutions. If you’re like millions of other people, weight loss will be a part of those resolutions. If I had to guess, far too many new year resolutions are made while in a holiday fog, thanks to:

2018 Healthy Eating Plan: Habits Instead of Resolutions

In early January many people make daring declarations that this is the year they will follow a healthy eating plan and/or will lose weight. Most turn to the bookstore or internet for a diet to help them reach their goal. And there are lots to choose from; as 2017 comes to an end, Google revealed that the most searched for healthy eating plans were ketogenic, low-carb, Paleolithic, military, Atkins, and gluten-free.

Holiday Leftovers: Some Reasoning for the Seasoning

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In a recent blog, we talked about some of the senses that are associated with favorite holiday foods: The smell of cinnamon and homemade pumpkin pie baking in the oven. Freshly baked yeast rolls teasing our senses. The savory aroma of honey-glazed ham or a roasted turkey, wafting through the house. And these vibrant scents of much-loved foods are surpassed by how delicious these foods taste.

But what about the leftovers, which are often an integral part of the holidays? In our house, the holiday leftovers are almost as important as the main meal itself. In fact, several family members like leftovers the best.

Here’s a clue as to why leftovers are often preferred.

Umami, How Could I Live Without You?

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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

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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.