SAUTÉ HERBS WITH THE ONIONS
Mix your dried herbs and spices in a small bowl and add them all together for even distribution. Always sauté your onions until transparent, then stir the spices into the onion. It seems to intensify the flavor.
Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter and Umami, a taste sensation that is meaty or savory and is produced by several amino acids and nucleotides. Umami is found in fish, mushrooms, ketchup, Parmesan, vinegar, spinach, celery, etc. It makes every savory dish taste better.
COVERED OR UNCOVERED
Cooking with the lid on keeps the liquids in, recirculating the steam. Good for steamed dumplings, vegetables and poaching fish. Cooking with the lid off allows browning in the oven and on the stove because the liquid escapes. Reducing stock or wine intensifies the flavor.