After J lost much of his taste, especially for aromatics, D began to explore recipes to find food J can taste and that D likes. It’s been quite a journey, and it’s still ongoing. After months of trying, we’ve started to see a trend, but we’re still searching. Cooking to make big flavors is complicated. This blog is our attempt to try to keep track of what we’re finding out, and we thought, ‘Hey, maybe others might find it useful.” What to call such a blog? How about Great Big Flavors!

Some thoughts about loss of taste. J can taste four of the five primary flavors very well: sweet, salty, sour, and bitter. J can taste umami a bit. Aromatics are much harder to smell and taste. But it turns out there are other recipe sensations that are as important to enjoyment for J: texture and color. The look of the food goes to proper preparation and plating.

The main food textures for J are hard, soft, liquid, solid, creamy, crumbly, crispy, etc. There’s a detailed discussion of food textures here. Bottom line – the right textures can make or break a recipe for us.

Of course, in general, how much any of us like a food is very subjective. So this is our journey it trying to find foods with big flavors that we like – and hopefully you will too!

Here we go!

D & J








Latest recipes



  • Smooth-As-Silk Honey Glazed Salmon!
    D found this recipe and we positively loved it! https://www.thechunkychef.com/honey-garlic-glazed-salmon/ The sweet and spicy heat combination goes wonderfully with a perfectly cooked salmon. Can’t go wrong. Enjoy!
  • Scrumptious Sauce for enchiladas!
    D found this recipe for a smoky enchilada sauce and it is out of this world! https://www.bowlofdelicious.com/chipotle-enchilada-sauce The flavors punch through J’s muted tastebuds with a smoky, tomatoey richness. D made the chicken enchiladas with flour and corn tortillas and we liked the corn best. Whichever you choose, we think you’ll love this recipe. Enjoy!
  • Super-Savory Spicy Burger!
    D started with this recipe for lamb, switched the lamb for ground beef, and then amped up the spices. https://www.rosalynndaniels.com/how-to-make-kafta-kabobs-ground-lamb-kabobs/ Flavorful! The flavors burst through J’s dulled taste buds and D enjoyed it too! Here is the amped up recipe ingredients. Go to the link above and follow those Instructions but with these amounts. (For …

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  • Delicious Deli Hoagie!
    This Deli Hoagie is an old favorite that D picked up from working in a NJ Deli. I (J) love the crunch and combo of flavors and it’s a pretty dish. People say the red wine vinegar and oregano make it great. (J can’t taste the oregano but I love the vinegar pop of flavor). …

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  • Yummy Yogurt-Marinated Pork Chops with White Wine-Shallot Sauce
    The sauce in this recipe is the star! https://www.foodandwine.com/yogurt-marinated-pork-chops-7498771 The carmelized shallots reduced nicely in the white wine and butter sauce and the hint of mustard … oh my … hard to describe! The flavors came across medium-strong for J (tastebud-challenged) but full-flavored for D. The marinating of the pork chops in yogurt is supposed …

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