Determining “Good” Foods vs. “Bad” Foods

magic 8 ball

As children, my friends and I loved playing with a Magic 8 Ball. (For those not familiar, it is a Mattel-made toy used for “fortune-telling” or seeking the truth or advice. Kind of like an Ouija board, but it did not “freak” us out! The Magic 8 Ball was fun and entertaining when

MSG and Allergies: What’s Science Got To Say?

Have you heard anyone claim that they are “allergic” to monosodium glutamate? Or maybe you yourself think you have an MSG allergy. Here I’ll examine the science behind claims of MSG-triggered allergic reactions. The first report of any type of reaction to MSG was presented in a 1968 letter to the New England Journal of Medicine

“It’s the Umami, Stupid. Why the Truth About MSG is So Easy to Swallow.”

A “must-read” in today’s Smithsonian magazine “Food & Think” blog. This is an in-depth and insightful article about the discovery of umami (our fifth taste), the desire for savory foods, and of course the history of the well-known yet inexplicably controversial food seasoning, monosodium glutamate (aka MSG)

Wild Mushroom Stuffing, for that Holiday Meal “Wow” Factor!

mushrooms for umami taste

This flavor-loaded stuffing recipe will become a family favorite. Its rich and savory flavor profile is provided in part by the umami taste of mushrooms. “The more umami present in food, the more flavorful it will be. All mushrooms are a rich source of umami and the darker the mushroom the more umami it contains,” according to the Mushroom Council

Crock Pot Ham and Bean Soup

ham and bean soup

Homemade soup – what a great way to warm up on a chilly evening. Even better, you can use leftover ham from your family’s holiday dinner. Simple and quick to make! I would sprinkle in some freshly ground pepper, one of my other favorite seasonings!