How Do You Celebrate?

Happy Hannukah! Winter brings so many celebratory holidays. What better to enjoy and celebrate our diversity with friends, food and family?

America is a nation of immigrants, and since comfort foods are the foods we learned to love as children, dishes that spell comfort for some of us seem exotic to others. But many who grew up on meatloaf and macaroni ’n’ cheese have acquired a taste for more exotic fare. Whether it’s a steaming bowl of phó from our local Vietnamese café or the tamales we tasted on vacation in Mexico, we’ve welcomed these hearty, soothing dishes into our kitchens and our hearts.

And since the United States is such a big country, you’ll find many regional variations in comfort food preferences, based on local history and immigration patterns. Louisiana has its gumbo, the Southwest favors chili, while New Yorkers go crazy for a big Reuben sandwich!

Here are a few more of our favorite regional and ethnic comfort foods:

Egg foo young – This Americanized Chinese-style egg pancake is filled with bean sprouts, vegetables, chicken and pork, and topped with a lightly thickened sauce of chicken broth and soy sauce.

Curry rice – A steaming bowl of rice topped with curry sauce is a favorite comfort food in Japan that’s now catching on in the U.S.

Spaghetti and meatballs – Pasta with hearty meatballs in tomato sauce has become such an American menu mainstay that we no longer think of it as Italian.

Ramen – Everyone loves a hearty bowl of noodles, and ramen—thin noodles served in a soy or miso broth and topped with everything from raw eggs to tempura—is fast becoming an American comfort favorite.

Southern fried chicken – Juicy fried chicken in a crisp batter coating is even better with fluffy biscuits on the side. A drizzle of honey puts the whole thing over the top.

Chili verde – This spicy pork stew with tomatillos and chilies is easy to make in a slow-cooker.

Mat zo ball soup – Fluffy matzomeal dumplings are the Jewish contribution to soothing chicken soup.

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National Pastry Day!

The holidays are right around the corner—but let’s take a step back to celebrate National Pastry Day first. What, you’ve never celebrated National Pastry Day? Well, it’s time to turn this occasion around! Using Kikkoman Pearl Soy Milk, you can create sumptuous holiday Raspberry Bars:

http://www.kikkomanusa.com/homecooks/recipes/recipedetail.php?rd=2150#.U9v8roBdVY8

Let us know what you think!

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Brine is on the Mind

Last minute grocery shopping this week? Make sure to swing by your local grocery store for a bottle of Kikkoman Soy Sauce! Make this the best Thanksgiving EVER with the Juicy Bird Brine!

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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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