How Do You PICNIC?

picnic ideas

Summer is in full swing so it is officially time for picnics. Whoo-hoo! Although I have mentioned summertime and grilling in a previous blog, I wanted to again explore one of my favorite times of year. PICNIC TIME!

Creating Flavors that are Compelling and Ultimately Satisfying

food flavor enhancers

As a chef instructor, I can attest that teaching in the food and culinary arena is no different than any other science-based discipline. I try and impress upon my students that it is our job to create flavors that are complete, compelling, and ultimately satisfying. To do that, we use the equivalent of the painter’s palette, except our palette is filled with interesting tastes, aromas, and textures

Garlic Marinated Mushrooms Recipe

garlic marinated mushromms

This flavor-packed dish is extremely easy to prepare for picnics, covered dishes and pool parties… or just to keep in the fridge for snacking and noshing all week long. These mouthwatering umami-rich mushrooms also can be added to a favorite pasta salad for a more savory appeal

Authentic German Potato Salad Recipe

german potato salad

Bacon gives this warm German potato salad recipe a boost of flavor. The vinegar and sugar dressing on this salad has the perfect combination of salty and sweet. It’s no wonder bacon is such a pivotal ingredient – it is an excellent source of umami, so when combined with the other ingredients, this potato salad is a winner when it comes to taste!

The “Skinny” on Umami

Experimenting with different flavors can make healthy dishes more appetizing and is an easy way to modify a go-to dish. Whether you’re a meat eater, strictly seafood or a vegetarian, there are plenty of ways to experience what has come to be known as the “umami sensation.” Think of this as your Skinny Guide to Experiencing Umami