April 20, 2011

Salt-Free Umami Broth

Umami. The elusive fifth taste. The other four – sweet, sour, bitter, and salty – can be found in canned products and even more surprisingly, in natural ingredients. Sweet is easy. Just grab a fresh strawberry or even a red pepper and taste the natural sugars that seep out with each bite. Sour is even simpler. Just bite into a lemon. Or a spoonful of greek yogurt. Or a dash of vinegar. And bam, you’ve got sour. Bitter can be found in a plate full of chicories, like endive, or slices of freshly peeled horseradish. And salty, well you don’t […]

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February 9, 2010

Cooking with Kaz – The Novel

I’m sure none of you could sleep well last night, awaiting today’s big reveal of Kaz’s five-course, Shojin feast.  I think I’m personally working on about four hours of sleep.  So let’s jump right in and get to the good stuff.  I just can’t wait any longer. Last Friday, I invited three friends over to share in my low sodium, Japanese cooking project and our evening with Kaz couldn’t have been more special.  He is one of the warmest people I have ever met and Kaz immediately made himself at home.  He regaled us with stories from Japan, LA, and […]

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