Questions on understanding and manipulating the flavor of foods.

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What savory flavors would pair well with chocolate pasta?

I want to experiment with making savory homemade pasta with cocoa powder. I think the earthy flavor and dark color will be striking. I have been thinking about what kinds of flavors could be used for ...
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What chemical(s) gives molasses its flavor so that it is used as an ingredient?

I'm curious why there isn't a zero-calorie molasses substitute. The USDA nutrient database lists a bunch of minerals, but what is it that gives it the "taste" of molasses?
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How can I make my lemonade more tart/tangy?

I'm making lemonade, but no matter what ratios of lemon to sugar I use, I can't get that tartness and tang that I can taste in my favourite commercial drinks. I noticed that even with drinks that ...
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Does “the canned spinach taste” have a name? Other than “the canned spinach taste”?

The taste (which is nasty in my opinion) that is specific to spinach or many leafy greens and sometimes asparagus which is cooked in water, does this taste have a name? What causes that flavor to ...
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Can I increase the cocoa content in fudge?

I've been using a standard fudge recipe that works great, and yet I only wish was that it was even more chocolatey, with more cocoa taste. If it was less sweet that would be fine, too. Can I ...
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How do tomatillos differ in taste from under-ripe tomatoes?

I can't get access to tomatillos, but I would like to know what they taste like. This helped me a bit, but it's not entirely clear to me what would be different between tomatillos and under-ripe ...
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Homemade yogurt & flavours - Keeping it thick

I am getting a really thick yogurt with fresh whole milk + cultures. What I do is: get the milk (3,8% fat) boiling (95°C) keep heating the milk, lowering the temperature to 85/90°C for ten minutes ...
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Why the common basic taste of energy drinks is tutti-frutti?

With extraordinary exceptions, most of the basic energy drinks has the same basic flavour: tutti-frutti. Why was it chosen instead of an already known flavour, like cherry or something? Is it like a ...
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How is it that (temperature) heat makes some seasonings and foods (spicy) hotter, but mellows others?

Toasting many spices,and heating some peppers increases and brings out the spice and heat. Other foods, such as onions, shallots and garlic (yes, I know they're from the same family; just can't think ...
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Painted Pony beans pate

I'm going to make a pate using Painted Pony beans as a base. I want to add roasted walnuts, but I don't know whether basil and garlic would be acceptable to put to the dish. Would this make for a ...
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How to cover up bad jenever?

Last weekend, I bought a bottle of passion fruit jenever. Normally, this tastes very sweet and has a nice fruity flavour. But unfortunately, I had to buy a brand with which I'm not familiar with. The ...
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How does flavor transfer?

A few days ago I was cooking some liver in a pan. My idea was to make some fried onions and fried apple halves to go with it. I wanted all of the flavors to combine, but alas the end result was that ...
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Basic carrier sauce/syrup for different sweet flavors?

I have an application where I would like to have a half dozen different flavors (all sweet) that are in the form of a sauce or slightly viscous liquid. Rather then 6 recipes I am hoping to find a ...
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Lime on Fish tastes Bitter

I recently cooked tilapia in foil packets. I used Season All, and topped eached filet with guajillo salsa (flavored with lime) and lime slices. I noticed a bitter aftertaste when I was eating the ...
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Describing the taste of Illy coffee and similar brands

I'm no coffee expert - I can't describe flavours well, but I know what I like. And I'd like to learn to describe tastes better. Illy is my favourite coffee (for French press use) - it seems a lot ...
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Which caffeine-free tea herbs have tannins?

I like both the flavor and the social rituals associated with tea, but I don't want to consume caffeine on a regular basis, so I only drink it rarely. And I don't like many of the popular herbal teas. ...
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Why does cooking mushrooms longer alter the taste so much?

When pan frying sliced regular white mushrooms, I prefer to cook them on high-heat with a generous amount of EVO until they shrivel up quite a bit and become golden brown in color. This is opposed as ...
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How can I tweak this (US) Southern themed cocktail? [closed]

It periodically falls to me to produce thematically-sound cocktails for wife's Book Club meetings. Tomorrow, we are serving the Southern Discomfort (for 'Gone Girl'): 2 oz blood orange juice 1 oz ...
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Any cooking literature recommendation? [closed]

Salutation Seasoned Advice community. I'm just a college student learning how to cook. I wanted to check out some cooking books to expand my horizon in developing flavor and cooking techniques. I ...
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Pre-salt eggplant to improve taste? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Rubbing eggplants in salt I've heard that salting an eggplant (aubergine) before cooking/frying it is necessary not only to reduce the amount of liquid in the result but ...
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Is “angostura” (as in bitters) a flavor?

I'm confused by drink recipes calling for "Angosutra bitters". Is "angostura" (as in bitters) a specific flavor combination? Or is "Angosutra" a specific brand or manufacturer (like "Tylenol" is ...
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Troubleshooting: Kitchen Sink Vegetable Soup

One of my newbie goals is to be able to make a kitchen sink vegetable soup that doesn't default to tomatoes and packs a punch in flavor. (Cleaning out the fridge and being healthy are nice goals too). ...
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Should I use a base to offset the sour in overripe sourdough starter?

My starter is active and mature, but sometimes I don't have time to check and feed it at its optimal activity for my preferred sour (very slight). This means by the time I get to feeding it, it's ...
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Getting flavor to stick in milk tea

Specifically I've been trying to add some condensed milk to Chai, but it seems no matter what I do all I get is the same flavor in slightly differently-colored water as before. Basic procedure I've ...
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How do I cut savoriness of a dish?

I had an interesting sandwich the other day. It was tuna spinach wrap but mixed with a mustard blend with a smidgen of capers. Needless to say, it was quite savory. Was there anything I could have ...
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Why does food taste bland when we are sick? [closed]

Once, I had a high fever and everything I ate seemed to taste bland. Why is this so?
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How do I save curry with too much cumin?

I think I may have added too much cumin in my curry sauce last night and it has this dry seasoning taste in every bite. It may have soaked into the veggies as well... Is there a way to save the curry ...
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What can make a radish lose its flavour in a dish?

I wanted to try something new so I had the idea of putting radish in with my tuna salad. I really like the spicy punch of radishes so I was excited to taste the end product. I got a bunch and chopped ...
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Do beignets have to sit overnight?

I made beignets and I want to hurry and bake them before going to sleep tonight. Do I have to let them sit overnight or will they be fine if i just put them in there for a few hours then fry? This is ...
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How to bring taste back when too much creme fraiche is added

Occasionally it happens that I add to much creme fraiche to a pasta sauce. Recently this happened with a pasta that contained aubergine, courgette, white mushroom, onion, chicken and some pepper and ...
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How can I get the most smoke flavor from Lapsang Souchong tea?

When I open a bag of Lapsang Souchong tea, it has an overpowering aroma of pine smoke. After brewing, there is still a smokiness in my drink but it is far more subtle, and in particular seems to vary ...
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How can I test my extracts for strength?

I made a couple extracts with Everclear and Buddha's hand and with habanero peppers (not combined). If I want to make some hard candy with them, how can I rough in how much to use so I don't end up ...
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How can I add a savory note to (or otherwise improve) a sweet, cream based salad dressing?

I recently purchased a cream based salad dressing and it is VERY sweet with an aftertaste, what can I add to make make it more savory and just make it taste better? I love salad and my veggies are ...
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Why does readymade food always have so much flavor to it? [closed]

What am I doing wrong. When I make food it's never as flavorful however much seasonings I use.
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What makes certain fruits work well in savory dishes? [closed]

Lime and lemon zest / juice are probably the most common example I can think of, but there are others. Pineapple, for example, can be found grilled, on Hawaiian pizza, or with kebabs. What specific ...
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Why is my sherbet loosing flavour?

I have recently been mixing batches of sherbet using Malic acid, colour, flavouring and granulated sugar. I add all the ingredients and mix it for 10 minutes in a stainless steel drum. The flavor is ...
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Is it feasible to use anchovies to improve the taste of random dishes?

I'm not a fan of anchovies on pizza, because when you get a biteful, it's overly salty/fishy. Years ago, I saw an allegory about a king (or a person of some high importance), who warned his new chef ...
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Unique Sweat dish recipe required for GOLAB JAMBO [closed]

This is a Indian Sweat dish, there are many recipes on the internet. I need to know how would you prepare it, what would you add to make it taste unique? What will you do, to add a unique flavor to ...
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Can I use any other flavor instead of vanilla in Copycat Sonic shake Recipe?

I have reviewed various recipes for copycat sonic shake recipe and they all use vanilla flavor. But I don't like vanilla flavor. Can I add any other flavor to it?
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Need to match herbs/spices with certain foods and other herbs/spices

I have this table of foods and flavorings, but seeing as I'm not a chef, I don't know what combinations are appropriate. (This is not for use in real life.) Could use some help filling this in... ...