Kikkoman Juicy Bird Brine

Have you thought about your Thanksgiving bird yet? Let us help you make it the juiciest EVER!

It’s the hot new culinary trend that’s got everyone from celebrity chefs to home cooks buzzing. But even though brining may be the latest technique to sweep kitchens, it’s hardly new.

Mankind has been brining since ancient times. It probably started out, hundreds of millennia ago, as a way of preserving seafood with sea salt. The technique has come a long way since, and now food lovers everywhere, in typical what’s-old-is-new-again fashion, are rediscovering the benefits of brining.

And what benefits there are—moistness, flavor and tenderness. Just ask any Thanksgiving veteran: Brining is the trick to preparing a show-stopping bird. But don’t let the show stop there. Brining’s virtues go way beyond holiday birds. Veggies, nuts, cheeses and even watermelon rind are more mouthwatering when steeped in brine. And best of all, brining is the essence of DIY simplicity. All it takes is salt, water and hands free time and you’re ready to start brinestorming!

Check out our recipe here:

http://www.kikkomanusa.com/brine/

Happy brining!

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Thank you, Veterans!

While we usually take this time to share our favorite recipes from the Kikkoman Kitchen, we wanted to take a moment and thank all of our Veterans.

The Best on Earth:
A Veteran’s Day Tribute

If someone has done military service,
They earn the title “veteran,” and more;
They earn our deep respect and admiration;
That they are special no one can ignore.

They sacrificed the comforts we enjoy;
The list is long of all the things they gave.
Our veterans are extraordinary people;
They’re loyal, dedicated, true and brave.

When terror and invasion were real threats,
They showed us they could handle any storm.
We owe our freedoms and our very lives
To our veterans, who served in uniform.

Our veterans should be celebrities;
They’re exceptional; no other group compares.
We’re grateful for the many things they’ve done;
They’re always in our hearts and in our prayers.

We owe our veterans support and friendship;
Let no one ever question what they’re worth.
These men and women served us and our country,
Our veterans–the very best on earth.

By Joanna Fuchs

 

Thank you, Veterans!

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National Sandwich Day– Did You Celebrate?

Honestly, who doesn’t love sandwiches? Everyone does… so much so that November 3rd was National Sandwich Day! Now, talk about a day with a reason to celebrate! Kikkoman makes everything better, even sandwiches! Check out our Philly Cheese Steak Style Sandwich below:

http://www.kikkomanusa.com/homecooks/recipes/recipedetail.php?rd=1655#.U9rCNIBdVY8

Easy to make, super delicious, and the perfect way to celebrate America’s favorite food: the sandwich!

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Takumi Salmon Steaks

What are you making for dinner tonight? Why don’t you try our delicious Takumi Salmon Steaks? We promise you, it’s easy!

Recipe: Takumi Salmon Steaks

Prep time: 5 minutes

4 salmon steaks or fillets (6 ounces each)

¾ cup Kikkoman Garlic & Green Onion Teriyaki Takumi Collection Sauce, divided

Rinse salmon; pat dry. Place salmon and ½ cup sauce in large plastic food storage bag. Press air out of bag; close top securely. Turn bag over several times to coat fish. Refrigerate 30 minutes, turning bag over once. Grill or broil fish until it flakes easily with a fork. Brush with remaining ¼ cup sauce.

Serves 4

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Crispy Apple Rings

Craving something crunchy? How about a little sweet?

Have you ever tried using Kikkoman Panko? From meat to French toast, Kikkoman Panko provides a delicious crunch to almost any recipe.

One of our favorite fall recipes is Crispy Apple Rings. Apples are the best during the Fall, so next time you’re in the store, pick up a bag and a box of Kikkoman Panko, Kikkoman Tempura, and Pearl Soy Milk and whip these up! We promise, your family will thank you:

 http://www.kikkomanusa.com/homecooks/recipes/recipedetail.php?rd=13210#.U9v7fIBdVY8

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Slow Cookin’ with Kikkoman

Shout out to all the working women using Kikkoman—it’s National Business Women’s Day! Does the working grind have you strapped and too busy to cook? Never to fear, that’s why Kikkoman is here! Check out our incredibly simple, one-pot stop slow cooker recipe below. Simply put it on before work, and when you return, your family will be celebrating you with a delicious meal!

Slow Cooker Pot Roast (http://www.kikkomanusa.com/homecooks/recipes/recipedetail.php?rd=13084#.U9rBcIBdVY8)

Easy, delicious, and a hearty Fall meal!

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Kikk Up Your Breakfast

It’s Fashion Week, Kikko-people! If there’s one thing we are into, it’s keeping on trend. What is one of the trendiest things you can feed you and your family? Breakfast!

 You’ve heard it all your life: “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” And in the last few years, it seems like you can hardly open a magazine or catch a newscast without seeing some new study confirming breakfast’s benefits. Well, the message must be sinking in.

Surveys show that even with our packed schedules, Americans of all ages are finding the “bandwidth” for breakfast. We’re exploring quicker, more nutrient-dense ways to front-load our day with energy and brainpower, and these days, breakfast is more varied than ever.

And we’re discovering that even when we set aside the “most important meal of the day” argument, breakfast is worth waking up for simply because it can be the tastiest meal of the day.

It’s time for creativity, a time to break the rules and make new ones. You can think sweet—like pancakes and waffles—or savory, a la bacon-and-egg burrito. You can go lean and mean, whole-grain hearty or fruitfully smoothie. And if you’re short on time, some of the best breakfast options around are built for speed.

Sure, it’s hard getting out of bed in the morning. But with a little advance planning, you can make breakfast a reward worth waking up for. It’s time to rise and dine. What are your family favorite breakfast recipes? Check out Kikkomanusa.com for trendy inspirations!

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Teriyaki Marinade Serenade: National Poetry Day Edition

Have you submitted your Teriyaki Marinade Serenade quite yet? Well, hurry up! Contest ends on September 4th! For some inspiration, we’ll take a stab at a rhyme… it is National Poetry Day, after all!

Roses are red

Violets are blue

Kikkoman is the best…

NOW LET’S MAKE FRUIT SALAD!

See what we did there? Check out our deliciously spicy and sweet fruit salad below. If this doesn’t get the creative juices flowing, we don’t know what will!

Some Like it Hot ‘N’ Sweet Fruit Salad 

4 cups strawberries, stemmed and halved

2 cups mango chunks

2 cups watermelon chunks

1 cup pineapple chunks

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

1/4 cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons Kikkoman Lime Ponzu

2 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon Kikkoman Sriracha Sauce

In a large bowl, combine fruit. In a large jar with a lid, combine remaining ingredients and shake vigorously to blend. Refrigerate fruit and dressing until cold. Just before serving, shake dressing, pour over fruit and toss to combine.

Makes 8 servings

 

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Chiles- Wild to Mild and Everything in Between

Do you like it spicy or mild? We love to kick it up with chiles! Capture the last of the summer heat at home in your kitchen!

All chiles are part of the capsicum family, which even includes completely non-spicy varieties like red and green bell peppers. What gives all chiles, fresh or dried, their head is the chemical capsaicin, which is found in the veins and seeds. That means you can regulate the heat of any chile by removing some or all of those veins and seeds.

You’ll be amazed what you’ll discover when you start to play with the fire and flavor of fresh and dried chiles, but if you’re new to the scene, here’s a roundup of the most popular chiles and their uses:

  • Anaheim Chiles, known for their sweet and mild flavor, are commonly used in Mexican dishes. They taste great in chiles rellenos, salsas, sauces, soups and casseroles. They also can be added to omelets, stews and vegetable dishes for a little extra flavor and crunch.
  • Poblano Peppers are also popular in Mexican cuisines and taste best when roasted and peeled. Although poblanos are milder than other peppers, you can still keep some of their heat if you keep their seeds. They’re particularly great for stuffing—with rice, beans, vegetables and cheese, poblano-stuffed peppers make for a great dinner idea.
  • Jalapeño Peppers range from mild to hot and are extremely popular in Southwestern cooking. They can be used fresh, roasted, filled or pickled, making them one of the most versatile chile peppers out there.
  • Serrano Peppers are about five times hotter than jalapeños and tend to be used in sauces and salsas. They can be used with or without their seeds and don’t need to be steamed or peeled before using because of their thin skin. Originating in Mexico, serrano peppers are one of the most commonly used peppers around the world.
  • Cayenne Peppers have a moderate heat factor, but are usually found in spicy dishes. They’ve been used for medicinal purposes for centuries and are delicious in Cajun, Mexican and Asian cuisines in particular. Try adding them to dips or salsas for some extra heat.
  • Aji Amarillo Chiles have a medium to hot heat level and are a staple in Peruvian cuisine. With a slightly fruity flavor, these chiles are the star ingredient in tons of Peruvian dishes, most notably in sauces, which are often drizzled over chicken, vegetables and even french fries.
  • Bird’s Eye Chiles come from Africa and are most commonly used in Thai-style dishes. They are often found in Thai-style dipping sauce, along with lime juice and fish sauce. Just be careful—Bird’s Eye Chiles are one of the hottest chiles out there!
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Teriyaki Marinade Serenade

What gets you up and singing in the morning? Every day, we rise and shine, and instead of coffee, we smell the Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade. We’re looking to our fans to help us come up with a fan-tastic new jingle. Check out the contest, here:

http://zooppa.com/en-us/contests/marinade-serenade

Contest ends September 4th, so make sure you show us the love in August!

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