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Welcome to Umami.Life, where we celebrate the fifth taste and all the delicious possibilities it brings to our palates. Our passion is to offer resources, recipes, and wine pairings that help people explore the world of umami and create flavorful, healthy meals.

At Umami.Life, we believe that the key to unlocking the full potential of flavorful dishes lies in the use of umami-rich ingredients in cooking. Tomatoes, mushrooms, and fermented sauces such as soy or fish sauce are just a few examples of the many ingredients that can add an umami kick to your dishes. We offer recipes for classic dishes from around the world, as well as our own inspired creations that will tantalize your taste buds.

Our mission is to help people discover the joys of umami and all the possibilities it brings to the table. Whether you are a seasoned cook or a novice in the kitchen, we invite you to explore the world of umami with us and discover the endless flavor combinations that await. Join us on this journey of culinary exploration and let’s celebrate the fifth taste together.

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Featured Article

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Ridge Vineyards Is a Taste of Time, Place and Passion

There are moments in time when great or rare things happen that change the historical narrative going forward. One such moment occurred May 24, 1976, when Ridge Vineyards’ 1971 Monte Bello Cabernet Sauvignon was one of the wines entered in the Paris Wine Tasting, a blind tasting of California and French wines organized by Steven Spurrier, a British wine merchant. The tasting, now referred to as the Judgement of Paris, saw the Monte Bello come in fifth place, behind one California and three French wines. Its success helped to change the perception of California winemaking throughout the wine-producing and consuming world. Prior to the Judgment of Paris, it was widely believed that the best wines in the world were made in Europe. However, the results of the tastings showed that California wines could compete with the best of the best.

Fresh from the Kitchen

Amped-Up Brownies

Amped-Up Brownies

Can brownies from a prepackaged mix be wine & dine dinner party worthy? Yes! You can bake gourmet quality brownies from a mix without adding any extra time to the preparation when you follow these tips for our Amped-Up Brownies. We found an organic brownie mix...

Seafood with Creamy Tuscan Sauce

Seafood with Creamy Tuscan Sauce

Quick and easy Seafood with Creamy Tuscan Sauce delivers flavor that tastes like you’re channeling the cooking prowess August Escoffier, the king of chefs. Make it a quick weeknight meal or a dinner party-worthy dish with Argentinian Red shrimp and serve over pasta....

Quick Fresh Kimchi Slaw

Quick Fresh Kimchi Slaw

Great as a topping for pulled pork sandwiches, Polish sausage on a bun or fish tacos Dale created this Quick Fresh Kimchi Slaw after eating a similar tasty cabbage slaw from the late Chef Thomas Benninger of Gladys at The Strand in San Antonio many years ago. As a...

Hearty Tuscan Soup

Hearty Tuscan Soup

Loaded with flavor and seasonal-survival immunity boosting ingredients Hearty Tuscan Soup made with bone broth and fresh veggies is the best way to strengthen your immunity and fight off winter colds and flu. We usually start our chicken bone broth with a leftovers...

Thai Curry & Coconut Chicken Soup

Thai Curry & Coconut Chicken Soup

Delicious immunity boosting meal Thai Curry & Coconut Chicken Soup includes bone broth that offers gut healthy benefits while coconut cream or coconut milk boosts brain health. The spicy curry opens up the cardiovascular system for fast delivery of the delicious...

Croissant Crust Quiche

Croissant Crust Quiche

Breakfast, Brunch or Dinner Hearty Croissant Crust Quiche pairs well with wine for a satisfying meal. We start with day-old pastries. This is our most searched and revisited recipe around the world. Prep time:30 minutesCook time:35 minutesServings:8 - 10 Ingredients 6...

Triple B Balsamic Reduction

Triple B Balsamic Reduction

That's not chocolate sauce in this photo, it's the deep, dark Triple B Balsamic Reduction! This reduction can be infused with basil or have black garlic incorporated. Both versions make a gourmet topping for decadent dark chocolate desserts, rich vanilla bean ice...

Seafood Avocado Toast for Two

Seafood Avocado Toast for Two

Creamy avocado, fresh seafood and toasted crusty bread combine perfectly In Seafood Avocado Toast for warm weather munching. You'll create an elevated snacking experience when you pair these delicious bites with a light wine. We like to offer a selection of toppings...

Seafood Quiche with Croissant Crust

Seafood Quiche with Croissant Crust

Delicious and quick to assemble, this gourmet quiche is perfect for any brunch, lunch or dinner. Servings:8Prep time:20 minutesCook time:40-45 minutes Ingredients 1 Leek, whites and soft greens, sliced across the grain 3 tablespoons Butter or Extra Virgin Olive Oil...

Vietnamese Beef Pho

Vietnamese Beef Pho

Travel the world at your dining table! Vietnamese Beef Pho is an aromatic bone broth with a selection of meats and fresh veggies. Like many other street foods, pho was born of capitalism marinated with cultural identity. The benefits of collagen-rich bone broth,...

Southwest Chili con Carne

Southwest Chili con Carne

Don’t get left out in the cold When temperatures in Texas start to dip below 50 degrees F, most of the state’s native and longtime residents think about a warm bowl of chili. The grocery store shelves empty quickly of the mixes and jarred bases, but our Southwest...

Chipotle Goat Cheese Spread

Chipotle Goat Cheese Spread

A game-winning MVP every time we serve it Creamy rich and savory, this Chipotle Goat Cheese Spread with an irresistible smoky glow is delicioso when served cold and muy delicioso served up warm. A great appetizer for any game-watching party as it will pair with a...

Watercress Salad with Jicama & Mango

Watercress Salad with Jicama & Mango

Eye-catching colors with bright citrus notes and tropical fruit Watercress Salad with Jicama & Mango pairs beautifully with chicken or seafood. It's a fresh blend of Southwestern flavors for dining light and healthy. Prep time:20 minutesCook time:10 - 20...

Blended Beef & Mushroom Tacos

Blended Beef & Mushroom Tacos

Our Blended Beef & Mushroom Tacos offer true Tex-Mex flavor without the guilt With over 90 years of combined living in San Antonio, we know a few things about authentic Southwest flavors. We also know that a healthy lifestyle means making a few changes....

Goat Cheese Mousse Romanoff

Goat Cheese Mousse Romanoff

Ripe, juicy fresh summer fruit topped with Goat Cheese Mousse Romanoff is a dessert that's stunningly simple, yet elegant. Visit your local farmer's market to find the freshest goat cheese such as the one we use from Goatilicious of New Braunfels, TX. The flavor of...

Goat Cheese Spread with Herb-Infused Olive Oil

Goat Cheese Spread with Herb-Infused Olive Oil

Fresh, funky tasting goat cheese brings a unique flavor to a fruit and cheese board Soft chèvre-style cheese combined with Herb-Infused Olive Oil and a bit of the castaway herbs (leftover pulpy mash from making the infused oil) creates a cheese spread that even those...

Moroccan Meatloaf Bites

Moroccan Meatloaf Bites

Warm, exotic Middle Eastern spices inspired these savory Moroccan Meatloaf Bites. The symphony of flavors will make a big hit as small bite appetizers at your wine & dine event. Prep time:30 minutesCook time:12 - 15 minutesServings:about 18 - 20 Ingredients 1...

Tomato & Watermelon Gazpacho

Tomato & Watermelon Gazpacho

Hot summer days call out for cooling relief from the heat Garden fresh flavors of vine ripe heirloom tomatoes and sweet watermelon come together with fresh mint and basil in Tomato & Watermelon Gazpacho. The smoky and balsamic-like notes of roasted or black garlic...

Brisket & Kimchi Fried Rice

Brisket & Kimchi Fried Rice

Smokin' hot with tropical sweetness This Brisket & Kimchi Fried Rice covers the flavor bases. San Antonio's military population has created a cultural crossroads that makes the city a melting pot of flavors and the inspiration for this smoky Texas brisket, paired...

Top Shelf Ceviche & Gazpacho

Top Shelf Ceviche & Gazpacho

Keto-friendly appetizer Top Shelf Ceviche & Gazpacho takes advantage of the bright fresh flavors and heat in Madge’s Foods Spicy Fermented Bloody Mary Mix. You won’t need to roast and peel peppers because Madge’s has already done the work for you! This savory...

Crispy Fish Tacos

Crispy Fish Tacos

The textural combination of Crispy Fish Tacos, spicy sauce and fresh mango pico de gallo will elevate your fish fry to a world traveller experience. Serve with creamy Coastal Coleslaw. Ingredients Toppings Mango Pico de Gallo Avocados, sliced Spicy Crema 1 cup Mexican...

Lentil Soup with Sausage & ‘Nduja

Lentil Soup with Sausage & ‘Nduja

Bring a taste of the Italian region of Calabria to your kitchen with 'Nduja, a spicy chili and sausage paste. Besides it's satisfying savoriness, Lentil Soup with Sausage & 'Nduja is filling and low glycemic. Prep time:25-30Cook time:45-50 minutesServings:8...

Tater Tot Waffle Snacks

Tater Tot Waffle Snacks

Perfect combination of crispy crunch and savory, cheesy twang Everyone likes to watch the magician perform. With gourmet Tater Tot Waffle Snacks, anyone can be the star of the show. These hot appetizers hit the jackpot of deliciousness with enticing smells will...

Cocoa Coconut Torte

Cocoa Coconut Torte

A not-so-guilty pleasure The result of our search for a chocolate cake that we can embrace is Cocoa Coconut Torte. We started with a recipe for a flourless, no-sugar-added cake that we found on the Sun-Maid Growers of California website, but we upped the “yum!” factor...

Moroccan Roasted Eggplant & Peppers

Moroccan Roasted Eggplant & Peppers

Rich and savory Moroccan Roasted Eggplant & Peppers adds an international accent to charcuterie and cheese boards. Prep time:15 minutesCook time:30 minutes + restingServings:6 - 8 Ingredients Marinade ¾ cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil4 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar5...

Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese

Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese

Light enough for summer temps, but satisfying on a wintry day A warm bowl of rustic Tomato Soup with Goat Cheese is satisfying no matter what the weather. Chèvre replaces the traditional heavy cream making this soup approachable for those who are lactose intolerant....

Pineapple Raisin Stir Fried Rice

Pineapple Raisin Stir Fried Rice

An outdoor propane burner with wok ring and a large wok achieves restaurant-quality results The natural sweetness of fruit plays off the smoky, salty flavors in Pineapple Raisin Stir Fried Rice. We found the inspiration for this recipe on the Sun-Maid Growers of...

Mango & Coconut Rice Pudding

Mango & Coconut Rice Pudding

Calling all coconut cream pie lovers! Mango & Coconut Rice Pudding tastes like the classic pie, but it's a cross of mango sticky rice from Asian cultures and arroz con dulce from Latin American. This makes a great finish to any meal with barbecue, spicy Southwest...

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