Mark Hinds

Negroni

The Negroni is a classic Italian cocktail made with equal portions of gin, Campari, and sweet vermouth.

Roasted Carrots with Rosemary and Fennel

Roasting carrots with rosemary, thyme, and fennel is a great way to compliment the carrots' earthy goodness and create a healthy, delicious dish.  

Hot Smoked Salmon

This hot smoked salmon recipe uses a stove top smoker to gently smoke the salmon with alder wood, which gives it a rich delicate flavor.

This salmon can be served as a main course, part of an appetizer, or with a couple of slices of good pumpernickel as part of a delicious sandwich. 

Downtown Chicago on a fall evening

If you’ve ever wondered what Umami is all about and what we’re trying to do here, take a read through my latest At the Bar column where I talk about what our approach to storytelling is at Umami’s, what are goals are, and how we’re working to become the essential publication for people who are interested in food and drink.

The Boulevardier Cocktail

The Boulevardier Cocktail is a simple combination of rye whiskey, Campari, and sweet vermouth that creates a delicious cocktail that is well balanced and has an interesting history worth exploring.

The Boulevardier Cocktail

The Boulevardier Cocktail is one of those classic cocktails that everyone should drink on a regular basis. Essentially, it's this wonderful combination of rye whisky, Campari, and sweet vermouth or what you'd get if a Negroni and a Manhattan had a baby cocktail.

A Perfect Manhattan

The Perfect Manhattan gets its name from the equal amounts of sweet and dry vermouth in it.  Although it's no surprise that a drink named after Manhattan would have a variation that calls itself perfect.  

Cranberry Apple Crisp

Tart cranberries, crisp apples, and a hint of orange come together to make a delicious Cranberry Apple Crisp. 

Blood and Sand Cocktail

The Blood and Sand Cocktail is a classic scotch cocktail named after the Rudolph Valentino movie about a bullfighter from the 1920s. 

Spanish Rice

Making Spanish rice from scratch is easy to do, tastes better, and is a lot healthier than buying a mix full of words you can't pronounce. 

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Stories

Geese flying in formation
Daniel Swenson-Klatt | October 14, 2016

The V formation itself is a thing of beauty.  I understand that on long journeys one person cannot be expected to carry the full weight and responsibility.  When it is shared, the burden is lighter, the investment is deeper, and there is a benefit to having a range of experience to draw upon. 

Recipes

Caramelized Onion White Bean Dip
Laura Burrack | January 2, 2017

This creamy white bean dip is a delicious and healthy appetizer with a touch of sweetness from the caramelized onions that is perfect for serving with crackers or vegetables. 

Drinks

Food

Persimmon pudding
Mark Hinds | January 12, 2017

With its warm fall flavors, a hint of cinnamon, and creamy texture persimmon pudding is a delicious dessert everyone should try.