You hear a lot about umami (the 5th taste). Supposedly meat, parmesan cheese, mushrooms, soy sauce, red wine, and a variety of other foods activate taste buds with umami receptors and enhance other flavors. I had never experienced it before and honestly thought it was one of those things that gets tossed around by chefs and foodies to make themselves feel important. And I was wrong. Sometimes it feels (or in this case, tastes) so good to be wrong.
On a completely different note, I have embraced one of Rachel Ray's tenets. The woman drives me crazy... it's just not normal for someone to be that excited about everything. Calm down, woman! But, I still watch 30 Minute Meals from time to time because I think she makes some good food. Anyway, I've realized that she's on to something with her garbage bowl (or "GB," because there's not enough time to make a meal and say everything in just 30 min). She keeps a big bowl by her cutting board and puts all of her random garbage in it - everything from veggie stems and peels to empty containers. I was tired of leaving a trail of onion skin from my counter to the garbage can, so I gave it a shot. I highly recommend this simple practice. My floor stays a lot cleaner (although I still managed to spill oats all over it the other day), and it only takes a few seconds to wash the bowl out at the end of the night. Rachel, you win this time.