Kitchen= A Cooking Lab

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“The kitchen’s a laboratory, and everything that happens there has to do with science. It’s biology, chemistry, physics. Yes, there’s history. Yes, there’s artistry. Yes, to all of that. But what happened there, what actually happens to the food is all science.” Food critic-Alton Brown

No-one is born a great cook, one learns by doing” – Chef Julia Child

“It is important to experiment and endlessly seek after creating the best possible flavors when preparing foods. That means not being afraid to experiment with various ingredients.” – Chef Rocco DiSpirito

Every now and again, I get inspired in the kitchen.  I look at things a different way and want to experiment.  I come up with concoctions that some people would consider weird or odd.  But, to my surprise they come out quite tasty!  For example, I make a  cookies and cream protein shake in a shaker bottle with milk and ice after my workouts.  One day, I decided to blend my same shake with a scoop of hazelnut chocolate spread. It came out AMAZING!  I was wowed by the taste and texture change!  Another time, I needed to make a quick meal.  We had cooked noodles already, but I wasn’t feeling red sauce.  Instead, I mixed 1 tablespoon with a few shakes of garlic powder, minced onion, and parmesan cheese.  Viola, homemade garlic parmesan pasta sauce!

I’m sure most people would say these recipes are too simple or easy to make.  But, I just want to make a point here.  You can view your kitchen as a science lab.  You see, cooking is a form of science.  Different cooking methods use heat, cooling, mixing, blending, and others to create chemical and physical changes to the ingredients.  When these ingredients react and/ or interact with each other, the possible combinations are endless!

Long story short, cooking is a skill.  Anyone can learn the skill.  It comes with trial and error.  It’s ok to move out of your comfort zone in the kitchen.  Trying something new can be an exciting experience.  That’s how you can get better.  The resulting dishes you make may surprise you!  As Always, Eat, Move, and Improve!

*Readers: Have you ever cooked up anything in the kitchen that was new to you?  How did it go?  Comment below and let us know your experiences!*

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right!

March is National Nutrition Month!  This year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. Taste has been shown to be the #1 factor in our food choices.  Our likes and dislikes are so unique and personal to us.  There is also almost an infinite amount of foods and tastes we can choose from.  

Did you know that out tongue only accounts for 20% of our taste?  It can only recognize 5 different tastes:

  1. Umami (savory)
  2. Salty
  3. Bitter
  4. Sweet
  5. Sour

Our nose does the rest!  With our nose and any combination of these 5 tastes, there are endless possibilities!  So, to celebrate National Nutrition Month, try something new and explore your tastes.  Try new recipes.  Try new exotic foods.  Give some of these foods a try:

  • Hummus
  • Salsa
  • Herbs
  • Spices
  • Guacamole
  • Stir fry
  • Edamame
  • Mango
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Pineapple
  • Quinoa
  • Barley
  • Greek Yogurt
  • & Many more!

For healthy & tasty recipes, try these sites:

cookinglight.com

allrecipes.com

sparkrecipes

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