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Old 01-22-2009, 04:08 PM   #11
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Could she have sour cream ? That may add a little something back to the dish...

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Old 01-22-2009, 04:17 PM   #12
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To add a sharper flavor, you can add the following:

Salt brings out the flavor of cheese, but too much just makes it too salty so add a bit at a time.

Many cheese sauces use prepared mustard to add a sharper flavor. Remember, the sharpness comes from the acidity of the cheese. As a good cheese ages, the little creatures that turn milk into cheese ingest the milk sugars, and produce acids. These acids give the cheese is character. This means that aged cheese has more acid than does a young cheese, hence the sharper flavor (and yes I know, there are other flavors developing as well). The vinager in the mustard will add some of that acidity to a young, or mild cheese. The mustard flavor also adds zip.

Blending in other cheeses, such as swiss and jack cheeses will also help add flavor to your dish.

As was stated previously, lemon can be used to heighten the flavor of a cheese dish. Just make sure that the bright, citrus flavor compliments the other ingedients.

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Old 01-22-2009, 05:06 PM   #13
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Thanks, goodweed,

Your ideas will help. I will try adding acidic ingredients. But, don't forget, we can't add in other cheeses as they are also fermented. The culprit is tyramine, an amine that is normally metabolized by the body but this particular metabolism is blocked by my wife's medication.

I like the idea of adding lemon juice - a flavour I enjoy.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:38 PM   #14
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I add a few dashes of Tapatio hot sauce to my mac-n-cheese (2 qt casserole) recipe that gives it a little edge without making it hot.
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Old 01-22-2009, 06:54 PM   #15
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Somewhere I heard that adding a bit of Worcestershire sauce can perk up your dish.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:17 PM   #16
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I think for something like scalloped potatoes I would add some leeks to bring the flavor up, perhaps Artichoke hearts. If she can have cottage cheese, blend it up and stir it in. It adds a surprising richness.
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Old 01-22-2009, 07:48 PM   #17
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How about adding cream cheese and a touch of onion along with the mild cheddar. You can add sour cream and/or half and half, too.

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Old 01-23-2009, 07:15 PM   #18
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Add a touch of smooth French mustard or, if you are making the classic Pommes Daupinoise then strictly speaking, they do not contain cheese but the interaction between the potates (starch) and cream makes them taste as though cheese has been added. Another alternative would be to add a little smoked or green (unsmoked bacon) to the mix.
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Old 03-13-2009, 01:19 AM   #19
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Dry mustard powder helps. I do this in my mac and cheese.
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:13 PM   #20
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I was going to say mustard... that really does the trick.

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