Since I’m a food blogger, it’s easy to assume I know what’s for dinner every night. However, as I explained last week, that is not the case at all! Some weeks, the majority of the recipes I’m making and photographing are snacks, drinks and desserts. So even after a day in the kitchen, I still need to figure out what to make for dinner. Oh, the humanity.
Many nights, I wish there was a magic voice in my fridge that would just tell me what I should make. The FlavorPrint program aims to do just that, albeit the magic voice is in my computer, not the fridge. McCormick, the brains behind FlavorPrint, understands that each person has a unique flavor “fingerprint” of things they do and don’t prefer. That fingerprint is conveyed by a visual mark that has 33 “spikes” that represent different flavors in your personal flavor profile. The bigger the spike, the more promiment the flavor. FlavorPrint uses your personal mark to suggest recipes for you to try.
In less than two minutes, you can create your own unique FlavorPrint mark by answering a series of questions about your flavor preferences. If you want, you can also give information about what cooking styles you prefer (I love grilling and hate deep frying), what kitchen equipment you have (I have a slow cooker but not a mandoline), and what pantry items you typically keep around. The more info you give, the smarter your recommendations become!
Last week, my blog schedule involved a lot of ice cream and summer drinks, so it was the perfect time to let FlavorPrint do the heavy lifting and tell me what I should make for dinner! First, I visited http://www.mccormick.com/FlavorPrint and created my FlavorPrint mark by answering all of the questions it asked me. My personal FlavorPrint had large spikes for Garlic/Onionish, Vanilla, and Coffee/Chocolatey.
Based on those findings, several recipe recommendations came up, and I chose Herbed Chicken & Tomatoes to make for dinner that night. FlavorPrint told me that this recipe was a 93% match to my tastes, as Garlic/Onionish is a major flavor in the recipe as well as my FlavorPrint. Indeed, this recipe was simple to prepare and incredibly tasty. I added some zucchini and mushrooms, because I had them on hand, as well as a little bit of salt and pepper for seasoning. Instead of serving with pasta, I served it with crusty bread, and was completely happy with how this one-skillet dinner came out.
After dinner, I went back to the FlavorPrint website and gave that recipe a thumbs up and rated it four out of five stars. It used that information to recommend more recipes for me. The next night, I made Roasted Cinnamon-Spiced Beef in Lettuce Cups. This recipe was a 99% match with my profile, with spikes for Nutty and Garlic/Onionish. This meal was definitely unlike anything I had made before. I was initially worried that the cinnamon flavor would overpower the other ingredients in the dish, but it was actually quite nice. I squirted a little hot sauce in my lettuce wraps, because I put hot sauce on everything, and FlavorPrint can’t stop me.
After finishing my lettuce wraps, I gave the recipe a thumbs up, but with just three stars, because I wasn’t sure it was something I would make again. No need to feel guilty, as your FlavorPrint doesn’t judge you. It just takes the info and gives you stronger matches each time.
Lastly, I made Mexican Burgers with Spicy Ranch Sauce. FlavorPrint considered this a 94% match for me, due to it’s cheesy quality. Since I had enjoyed the Herbed Chicken & Tomatoes recipe (which had Parmesan cheese) and given it a good rating, FlavorPrint figured I would like these burgers. It was right! This was a simple but delicious recipe that I was able to throw together for a quick weeknight dinner.
Want to take some of the guesswork out of your own meal planning? Get started today at www.McCormick.com/FlavorPrint – take the quiz and create your profile. Your personal recipe recommendations await!
This post was sponsored by McCormick through their partnership with One2One Network. Posts like this help me pay for the costs associated with this blog (groceries…lots of groceries), and help support me as I pursue a career in recipe development and food photography. All opinions are 100% my own.