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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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year winds down this week—have you had the chance to celebrate the Year of the Horse yet? Let Kikkoman help you make the celebrations even more delicious this year. The Year of the Horse means it’s a good time to throw a party. Invite some friends, grab some wine, and have everyone over for a traditional Chinese New Year dinner!

From Traditional Fried Rice to Chinatown Chicken Simmer, Kikkoman recipes pack flavors of the Far East, but are incredibly easy to make! For the Traditional Fried Rice, simply add all your ingredients to a pan, and voila! Traditional Fried Rice to celebrate Chinese New Year. Doesn’t that sound positively delicious?

For more recipes, visit Kikkomanusa.com/CNY.

 

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Breakfast for Dinner– Kikkoman Style

A frosty chill has settled over the entire country! From rain and sleet to wintry wonderland in New England, winter has officially blown in. How do you stay cozy on nights like these? On nights that it’s too cold to go to the store, we love having breakfast for dinner on a chilly winter night! Since you may have the ingredients in your pantry already, it’s a super easy way to make a deliciously warm dinner. Kikk up your average French toast recipe Kikkoman style. Panko bread crumbs are a perfect way to add a little extra something to a traditional favorite. To see how Chef Helen knocks it out of the park with Crispy-Baked French Toast, check out the recipe here:

http://www.kikkomanusa.com/homecooks/recipes/recipedetail.php?rd=2135#.UqZewtJDuJo

Ingredients (Yield: 4 servings)

3 large eggs

1-1/4 cups milk

3/4 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 cup Kikkoman Panko Bread Crumbs

8 slices dry white bread

1/4 cup butter

1/4 cup vegetable oil

Butter

maple syrup

Instructions:

Beat eggs together with milk, sugar and Vanilla extract in shallow bowl until well blended. Place panko in pie pan or shallow dish. Dip each bread slice into egg mixture, thoroughly coating both sides; then coat both sides of bread slices with bread crumbs. Place on large wire rack. Add butter and oil into 17-1/4 x 11-1/2-inch jellyroll pan. Place pan in 400°F. oven 1 to 2 minutes, or until butter melts. Remove pan from oven. Place bread slices into pan, in single layer, turning over once to coat both sides of bread slices with butter mixture. Return to oven and bake 15 minutes. Turn bread slices over and bake 10 minutes longer, or until golden brown. Serve with butter and maple syrup.

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Turkey Day– just around the corner!

Thanksgiving is a mere TWO days away. Do you have your menu planned out? Or do you still have some last minute shopping to do?

This year, make Turkey Day the easiest holiday ever by trying Kikkoman’s Savory Turkey Brine. Simply add a bottle of soy sauce to water, sugar, and a variety of spices, and voila, you’re sure to serve the juiciest bird yet.

Whether this is your first turkey or your hundredth, Kikkoman Soy Sauce kikks up the flavor and the juice of the bird. For a full recipe and instructions, head to Kikkomanusa.com/brine, just to see how easy it really is.

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#JustAddKikkoman

How do you use Kikkoman in your kitchen? We’re asking our family and friends around the world to show us how they incorporate Kikkoman by hosting an Instagram contest—Simply snap a photo of how Kikkoman improves any dish. From poultry or fish, to vegetables, or even breakfast! Upload the photo to Instagram or Twitter and be sure to include #JustAddKikkoman for a chance to win a $500 gift card!

Speaking of everything being a little better with Kikkoman in it, we just visited the Georgia State Fair in the beginning of November. While there, we watched three local grilling champions vie for the title. Special congratulations to winner Joseph Jenkins! Joseph incorporated Kikkoman Soy Sauce into his Ginger Honey Suckled Ribs recipe. The umami took full effect and made for some of the tastiest ribs we’ve ever had.

Thanks for showing us how you use Kikkoman, Joseph. Now it’s all your turn! Make sure to post using #JustAddKikkoman—we’d love to see Kikkoman in your kitchen!

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Crunchy Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites

Can you believe that November is around the corner? Time sure does fly when you’re having fun. We feel like it was just time to go back to school and now it’s already Halloween!

Are you taking the kids out to trick-or-treat? Fill them up with something hearty before heading out—that way they won’t eat too much candy! Kikkoman’s Crispy Mac and Cheese Bites are the perfect seasonal dinner that will warm everyone up from October’s last chilly night.

For a new family favorite, check out how Chef Helen makes Crispy Mac ‘n’ Cheese Bites in this video and cook alongside!

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Roasted Brine Brussels Sprouts

Can you believe we’re already halfway through October? Fall is our favorite time of year at Kikkoman and because of that, we’re in a brining state of mind! We just can’t keep that Juicy Bird out of our heads!

Thinking about the brine inspired us to bring the brine to other foods, too! Check out the Roasted Brined Brussels Sprouts below. Kikk up your everyday vegetable with a ¼ cup of Kikkoman. We promise it’ll become a family favorite!

Ingredients

2 pounds Brussels sprouts
2 quarts water
½ cup kosher salt
½ cup sugar
¼ cup Kikkoman Soy Sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400°. Trim stems and remove wilted leaves from Brussels sprouts; rinse under cold water. In a large bowl, combine the water, salt, sugar and soy sauce, stirring until all of the sugar and salt have dissolved. Add sprouts to the brine mixture (make sure they are submerged) Brine for 1 hour. Drain the Brussels sprouts, do not rinse. Toss the sprouts with olive oil and black pepper. Bake in an uncovered baking dish for 35 to 40, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, or desired doneness.

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Time to Brine!

Can you believe it’s already October? The holidays, like it or not, are just around the corner! We’ve got some one stop shopping when it comes to preparing your meal – check it out here. This holiday season, make sure your bird impresses all the guests and relatives with our savory turkey brine. Kikkoman’s soy sauce brine recipe will ensure that you cook a Juicy Bird with flavorful, fall-off-the-bone tender meat. Dive into the holiday spirit by practicing your brine on chicken! We swear, it’s the absolute easiest way to add moisture to your meat.

Our brine doesn’t discriminate—it’s good with vegetables too! Have you ever had brined brussel sprouts? Brining notoriously tough veggies will help infuse them with moisture and create an incredibly savory flavor. Soy sauce is the secret to our brine. Infusing meat and vegetables with the umami effect create an unforgettable, inexplicable flavor that is sure to wow your family and friends.

Although the stresses of holiday shopping are far from mind, rest easy knowing that Kikkoman can help you make the best meal this year!

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