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Improving the Palate


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Improving the Palate

cristinh | Apr 13, 2011 07:14 AM

Dear Hounds,

I've been slowly noticing over the past few years that my husband, who could subsist on nothing but macaroni and cheese alone, actually has a very good palate. He can pick out different flavors within dishes, or taste my cooking and tell me exactly what it needs.

Naturally this is a source of consternation for me, since I'm the one who's actually interested in food. I'd like to improve my palate, pick out the flavors for myself, maybe even show him up a time or two.

Hounds, are there any exercises you know of that help improve the palate? Become more sensitive to individual tastes within a dish? Learn how to adjust seasoning when you cook? Anything? Anything? Bueller?

(Note that I'm not talking about learning to like different foods; I am a very adventurous eater who will try almost anything.)


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