Soup-er Ways to Love Umami Even More

umami soup

I first learned about “umami” at a national meeting of the American Dietetic Association (now Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics). Umami was such a funny-sounding word, but I liked what it referred to. An indescribable deliciousness or “mouth-filling” flavor

12 Holiday Party-Perfect Appetizer and Side Dish Recipes

Holiday Party Appetizers

Looking for holiday party food ideas? Look no further!

These holiday party appetizer recipes will have your guests swarming – and staying – around the snack table. Whether you’re hosting your own holiday gathering or bringing a dish to share at a friend’s party, there’s always a need for holiday party food!

The MSGdish partiers have assembled 12 of our favorite holiday appetizer and side dish recipes that we would like to share with you.

Is There Evidence to Back Up Claims Against MSG?

Chinese Restaurant Syndrome

A recent investigative report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), which is the public-service broadcaster of the United Kingdom, focuses on this topic: “Monosodium glutamate is often blamed for a range of nasty side effects. But is there evidence to back up these MSG claims?”

Gather Round for an Umami Thanksgiving

savory foods with umami

Planning your Thanksgiving menu? You might not realize it, but there’s a good chance that you’re thinking umami, too. Yes, I know the Japanese word umami (loosely translated as deliciousness) seems pretty far away from the concept of this quintessential American feast, but if you think about it, creating a delicious traditional Thanksgiving meal relies on lots of savory dishes that do contribute their fair share of umami taste.

How Do You Describe the Umami Taste?

Taste and good-tasting food

In some of the blogs here at, my fellow bloggers (all of whom are food and/or nutrition professionals) have discussed the fifth taste – umami – using various terms. We have also cited published articles that discuss the savoriness of the umami taste.

Have you thought about what umami tastes like? Here’s a way to find out using a quick taste test that I learned from a chef.