Most of you have probably heard about MSG, an abbreviation for monosodium glutamate. What you have heard has undoubtedly been negative. I decided to look at some of the research about this substance so you can make an intelligent decision about whether you want to use it in your kitchen. This substance has long been… Continue reading MSG — What is the truth?
I was reading the ingredients on the package of one of my favorite potato chips the other day and near the bottom of the list was “Torula Yeast”. As this is a very uncommon ingredient, I suspected many of you may have never heard of it. That spurred me to write this Cooking Tip about… Continue reading The World of Yeast
As we grew up, we learned about the different tastes: sweet, salty, sour and bitter. More recently, people have begun talking about another taste – umami. That is the subject of this Cooking Tip – what is umami and how do we get umami in our foods. Umami is a savory taste. It is actually… Continue reading Umami Flavors
I was teaching a Thai cooking class for a bridal shower recently. (Thank you, Diane for booking it! If anyone is interested in booking a fun and yummy cooking party, email me for more information.) We were discussing some of the typical Thai ingredients such as fish sauce, soy sauce, tamarind, etc. Someone asked what… Continue reading Should you try Coconut Aminos?