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WQW #10: Five Senses: Taste, Food, Recipes

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#WQW # 10 – Topics: 5 Senses:

This year on the following dates one of our senses – not common sense – will be one of the topics for WQW. Writers use the senses to make their descriptions and dialogue pop. Photographers have to make do with just one, and videographers have only two.

Our expressions and body language give us visual clues to the other senses that a person experiences, such as wrinkled noses, sniffing in the air, looking at one’s shoe, and covering one’s mouth and nose as examples of showing the sense of smell.

  • February 23 – Taste I missed it, so March 9 is Make-up Day!
  • May 11 – Smell
  • July 13 – Hearing
  • September 14 – Sight
  • November 2 – Touch

Definition: “a faculty by which the body perceives an external stimulus; one of the faculties of sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. “The bear has a keen sense of smell that enables it to hunt at dusk.”


sensory faculty · feeling · sensation · perception · sight · hearing · touch · taste · smell · sixth sense · sensibility” Bing

Other Challenges

My Choices for Senses Especially Taste

The five senses are the ministers of the soul.

Leonardo di Vinci

We write to taste life twice: in the moment and in retrospection.

Anais Nin
Avila Barn Pasteries

Food, recipes, and restaurants are some of the most popular topics in the world. There is an entire culture of food bloggers and foodies who more about food than I do. Sadly I rarely write about food because I’m the gobble-and-go type of girl. I love to eat, and I do way too much of it.

My husband once commented about my cooking, “If you loved to cook, Marsha, you’d cook.”

I was so insulted at the time. I argued, “But I cook. I like to cook.”

He agreed with me that I like to cook. As an example of my relationship with food, taste, and recipes, let me tell you about my day yesterday.

March 8, 2022, Eating Is About Making Memories Not Just Food

I had a wonderful breakfast at Snooze in Scottsdale, AZ, and met three bloggers, two for the first time. The food was ok except for Janet’s mocha. Four of the five of us had French Toast with fruit and either bacon or sausage. Janet took my husband’s recommendation for Corned Beef Hash and said it was good. But the company and camaraderie were fabulous! A trip I’d make again any time.

LtoR: Janet from Sustainabilitea, Donna from Wind Kisses, Me from Always Write, Lynn, Journeys by Johnbo’s wife, and John. Wearing blue was serendipitous.

Then I stopped by the condo where my husband was working. He wanted to take a lunch break and asked me to go with him. I agreed. We went to Chic-filet and I had a cup of soup. I wasn’t too hungry but it had been two hours since I ate. LOL

Finally, last night I invited two couples and my sister-in-law over for a “spontaneous” dinner a couple of days ago to try out the stew I bought. We had Costco Irish Stew and Costco Cobb Salad. It was delicious. Everyone brought something, cheese and crackers, wine, dips, (one homemade), little pound cakes with fruit and canned whipped cream, and cherry fluff that I had made for lunch with Cindy last week.

We had a great time and it was a good meal. Without the ability to get fast food at the store, we probably would not have socialized at all. (I’m more about social than what’s on my plate, I’m afraid.) Not that I don’t appreciate a wonderful, well-thought-out meal either in someone’s home or in a restaurant, but I’m more apt to write about and remember the fun time rather than the food.

As an aside, I did get up in the middle of the night to take two Tums, drink some water to calm my dehydration headache, write this blog post, and read a few blogs.


Don’t ignore the five senses in search of a sixth.

Bruce Lee

Well, Art is Art, isn’t it? Still, on the other hand, water is water. And east is east and west is west and if you take cranberries and stew them like applesauce they taste much more like prunes than rhubarb does. Now you tell me what you know.

Groucho Marx

Foodies have their cameras or phones out on the table.

Foodie for the day

If you are a foodie, then celebrate it! It’s your adventure. One of my favorite movies of all times was Julie and Julia about a young blogger who decided to cook through Julia Child’s Cookbook. As she did the viewers got to know both women.

If you are a food blogger, there are challenges that help you share your food memories with others. What’s on Your Plate and Foods Around the World are two that I know about. And don’t forget to link a post about your food experience here on this week’s WQW.

What Diet to Follow and Food Supplements to Take?

Equipped with our five senses – along with telescopes and microscopes and mass spectrometers and seismographs and magnetometers and particle accelerators and detectors sensitive to the entire electromagnetic spectrum – we explore the universe around us and call the adventure science.

Edwin Powell Hubble

There is a lot of experimentation going on about food: Keto Diet, Noom, Weight Watchers, Adkin’s Diet. Eggs have too much cholesterol – no they’re good for you. Don’t eat fat – eat fat and lose the carbs. There’s the Seafood Diet – see food eat it.

There are people who are the Biggest Losers, who made food their god and weigh over 500 pounds. Doctors and exercise experts try to get them back in shape. At 500-1,000 pounds a human being doesn’t have a life beyond their bed and their plate. They can’t wear clothes are photographed in diapers or sheets. How could something so good for you – food – be so bad? But it is.

My blogger friend, and this month’s Story Chat author, once wrote a comment that she said I could quote about food and diet.

“However, I think sometimes we do not do enough preventive early on – like is the best cancer prevention to catch it early? That is BS – the best cancer prevention is to get off the standard American diet – and my husband calls it the unholy Trinity – 1) industrial oils (canola, vegetable, etc – they are better for automobiles rather than humans and avocado coconut, or olive oil are better); 2) sugars that suppress immune system – even agave and fruit can wreak havoc on someone with toxicity and buildup – (and the awful corn syrups scar the liver); and 3) grains – they hurt the gut and pull from health (but our culture is in denial about this big time and I was brainwashed to think a multigrain cracker or bread slice was better for me than a piece of beef)”

Yvette Prior
plenty of oils here

When food isn’t enough, we experiment with vitamins and mineral supplements. On and off, I’ve taken Vitamin C to ward off Covid and other respiratory ailments this year, Biotin to grow back my hair, Glucosamine to improve my joints, Calcium to improve my bones, and Elderberry chews to help ward off Covid (in addition to the normal vaccines I’ve taken), multiple vitamins, Beet Chews to improve circulation, Melatonin Chews to help me sleep, and a number of other “tried it once rather than twice” type pills.

It’s amazing what we can put into our bodies and not die.

I had to use a myriad of things – and will take various supplements for the rest of my life.
“logos nutritionals” are the vitamins that really worked for me and saved me – in fact, one day I will post about how much I love those supplements and how my body lapped up their formulas. whew –

Yvette Prior

Humans don’t have all the answers about Taste, Food, Recipes, and Diets. So we experiment. And it’s great fun.

Food that takes time to make and eat

Now it’s your turn.

Share something that tickles your sense of taste. Feel free to include a recipe. Thanks so much for stopping by and having fun with quotes.

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  1. I love to experiment with food. I do love to cook, and if I see a dish on a restaurant menu that I’ve never had, then I’ll try it. I like trying new foods. I’ve been quite health conscious all my life, but I’ve developed naughty eating habits since lockdown. I’ve become obsessed with cake. Especially coffee cake.
    I gave up chocolate recently because Mrs Menopause is being very mean to my complexion, and I find it’s better without chocolate. But I’ve since embarked on a very passionate love affair with fudge. Salted caramel fudge, rum and raisin fudge, Guinness fudge…all fudge!
    This comment could have been my blog post! Hahaha. I’d better get blogging!

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    • You a woman after my own heart. I love chocolate. I have slowed way down on sweets, but Keto allows me to have some chocolate treats anyway. I just found the best ice cream Keto bars. yum.

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  2. I love the photo of all of you and how very cool that everyone wore blue – that was such a coincidence
    and smiling at the cup of soup after not being hungry two hours later — and soup sounds good right now – so does a lot throughout this post – how fun and great theme

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  3. So true, Marsha. A meal is so much more enjoyable when eaten with good company. I loved the photo with other bloggers, what a lovely thing to do. We watched a show on experiments a while ago and it actually showed that the background music you listen to (or don’t even realise you are listening to) can actually make your food taste better. KL ❤

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  4. I loved this Marsha. Those quotes are great. I always intend to photograph and blog about recipes, but my family isn’t very patient, and I often don’t have the time to take to make them look right. I’d love to pursue food photography but I just don’t have the time right now. I loved the movie Julie and Julia. I think it would be fun to cook my way through a cookbook. I love the ideas with the What’s on your plate and Foods around the world. That would be so fun…I’m hoping at some point I can make time to participate in those. I was a part of a group called Secret Recipe Club and that was a blast. Women from all over the world and we were given a blog each month and had to cook something from their blog. No one knew who they had til reveal day. So much fun. I learned a lot of new recipes.

    Here’s my link for this week.

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    • You have so much in common with these challenge bloggers, I hope that you can find the time once a month to participate. I think you would love it, and it would give you an excuse to go wild one day a month. I don’t know how you get as much done as you do since you work and have grandchildren. You always take time to create such thoughtful posts and comments. Hats off to an amazing blogger and person. 🙂


  5. Okay Marsha…I’m totally lost, so you’ll have to tell me–what is the Prompt?? Do you want a quote about All the senses, or taste, or food? Like you, I love to eat–I also love to cook 🙂

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    • You can pick and choose. Talk about the sense of taste, offer a post about cooking and recipes, talk about your love of eating, dieting, food suplements – you can decide. Find some quotes that fit YOUR post. It’s pretty open, my friend. It sounds like cooking is your entry and let it flow from there. 🙂

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  6. What a wonderful meet up with you, Janet, Donna, Lynn and John. I agree that ‘around the table’ is a wonderful place to socialize and enjoy all of our senses!
    Thank you for the mention – I greatly appreciate it.

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    • Food is an important balm, I can’t think of the right word, social lubricant maybe. Yet, the food was not the main focus of our time together. But we shared all around the table – extra syrup, too much bacon and sausage, even a bite of corned beef hash. That’s what eating together does for people – creates trust. it was a magical time together, and I thought of you and all your wonderful meet-ups and the kind of synergy you have built with your blogging buddies.


  7. Marsha, if I link to this post, will you see it? I have a post scheduled for Friday but I’ll be on the road, so I can’t easily come here to provide a link until later in the day. The pingback will come here. Is that how it should work?


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    • Yes, I’ll see it, I think. You’re talking about updating the post. It should work. By the way, have a great trip to CA. I’ll be enjoying the beach air with you vicariously! 🙂

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  8. Woohoo, Marsha, this post is chock full of tasty tidbits of information and fun. But first, how fun to have breakfast with fellow bloggers! I interact with Donna and John frequently…hi y’all! I can’t wait till you and I can meet up in the Portland area–hear that Siobhan, Cee, Diana, and Kirstin? I Love all your ideas of food and diet–what a sad testament to just way too much. That we can just go to the grocery store and stock up on anything (like we did this morning), while war wages in Europe and many are going without, is just ridiculous in 2022, especially after a worldwide pandemic. I’m still struggling with getting the full range of my sense of taste and smell back after by mild bout with covid in Fall 2020. Ugh. Yet I struggle with 10 pounds. But food tends to be the catalyst for any event or get-together–so bet it.

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    • It is pretty weird, isn’t it that we can be happy and normal while a half a world away is under attack, fleeing from their homes, scared for their lives. It reminds me of the Holocaust. Did you ever see Corrie ten Boom’s movie years ago? One day they were having family dinner and the next being torn out of their homes. I have no concept of that kind of fear. It is easy to be fun-loving and joyous when we have the freedom that we have here – pandemic or no pandemic. I loved our meet-up and we are planning more with other friends of Janet’s and Donna’s. I don’t know if there are other bloggers in AZ. There certainly are, but do I know that? Not yet. I’m sad that John and Lynn have sold their house and are moving on to new adventures. I hope that some of those adventures involve them coming for a visit. 🙂

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    • You are so funny, Janis. That’s why I go to restaurants for salads most of the time. I’ve learned so much from eating the robust salads at restaurants. My favorite thing in them is roasted pecans. Yum!

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  9. Meeting all of you was better than the best meal…and calorie-free as well (except for the food.) 🙂 I”m going to have to see if I can come up with a quote or quotes, photo/s, and thoughts to participate in this. Having a sister-in-law in France has given me lots of opportunities for good tastes but the last time she told me I shouldn’t take photos of the food because…not sure if people around think it’s rude or what. I was crushed. 🙂


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    • Someone in France thinking that is rude!! LOL When I was in France, most of the people were very nice, but one man at the Eiffel Tower when I was trying to get directions said he didn’t understand English, and I was speaking French. LOL

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  10. A meal is to be savored with a side of friends and colleagues. Lynn and I really enjoyed our visit and only wish that Snooze restaurant was closer to Buckeye so we could have discovered it sooner.

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Hi, I'm Marsha Ingrao, a retired educator and wife of a retired realtor. My all-consuming hobby is blogging and it has changed my life. My friends live all over the world. In November 2020, we sold everything and retired to the mile-high desert of Prescott, AZ. We live less than five miles from the Granite Dells, four lakes, and hundreds of trails with our dog, Kalev, and two cats, Moji and Nutter Butter. Vince's sister came with us and lives close by. Every day is a new adventure.

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