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How do you judge good food? Is it simply the ‘great taste’ or the way it is presented on the table? Any successful chef or even an enthusiastic food lover knows that a hearty meal is one that is relished not by one or two but all the five senses – sight, smell, touch, hearing and taste. Therefore it is the look or presentation, the aroma, the texture, the sound as you break off a piece or bite into the food, and ultimately its taste that can make or mar the eating experience of a meal.

Let us delve little deeper into this concept to understand the connection between our basic senses and the meals that we have:

The Look or Presentation of Food

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From tailgating to holiday suppers, ’tis the time of year to focus on rich and savory recipes. Cooks around the country are dusting off their slow cookers, seeking hearty one-pot recipes to serve a crowd. The American Lamb Board points to a number of cuts that shine in the slow cooker, including shank, shoulder, leg, ground and stew meat.

“Don’t be afraid to experiment with lamb in your slow cooker,” says Megan Wortman, executive director of the American Lamb Board. “The slower you cook it, the deeper the flavor and the more time you have to spend with family and friends.”

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Duff's Cakemix Cake-In-A-Jar

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KitchenAid has raised the humble coffee maker to another level with a new countertop model that automatically delivers the nuanced flavors normally associated with the more labor intensive manual pour over method. The new KitchenAid® Pour Over Coffee Brewer, scheduled for availability this summer, features automatic pour over brew technology that staggers water flow to fully optimize flavor extraction.

“Manual, pour over style coffee making is a process that is becoming increasingly popular among coffee aficionados, and for a good reason,” says Beth Robinson, senior brand experience manager for KitchenAid. “Our new coffee maker automatically simulates that method to extract even the most subtle flavors that make for a properly brewed cup of coffee.”

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