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Slow cooker meals are a staple in households all over the world. And if Google's search term trends are to be believed, their popularity is increasing year over year. It makes sense if you think about it, people have less time than ever to devote to daily meal preparation, yet an increased preference for easy, relatively healthy, home-cooked meals. Enter the slow cooker, and a whole bevy of people searching for wonderful recipes.
Do you love sushi? If so you've come to the right place. Even more so if you love spicy tuna, which is a key ingredient in many forms of sushi and other Japanese dishes.
Let's face it...chili is pretty easy to make, but it's exceptionally time consuming and that's why people get it carry-out at a restaurant or via a canned product. When you really think about it though, you really are sacrificing a ton of flavor by doing that. On a per unit basis, it also costs more.
We're all familiar with the salad as a side dish, but it's easy to turn a salad into a main dish that is both healthy and satisfying. A good meal salad balances protein and vegetables, crunchy texture and bright flavors. With the right combination of ingredients, a colorful, hearty salad really can make a delicious, satiating meal.
Summer is here and it's time for barbeques and all sorts of get-togethers. The kids are out of school, backyard parties are on the rise, and the heat is coming in. It's important to have snacks around that are easy to make and delicious to munch. Fruit platters for a party or cut up and sliced fruit are great ways to ease the heat. But, don't let it consume all your time. It's summer time and that means it's fruit time. Here are tips for slicing your favorite fruits quick and easy.
There are different types of cooks out there. There are some cooks that like the adventure and like to tackle long, delicate recipes. There are those that are more concerned about presentation and don't care about the difficulty of the recipe. And for the purposes of this, there's one more type of cook: the kind that does not really care about presentation and really wants to get something done quickly and easily.
An outdoor dinner on a warm summer night is a great time for a get-together. Traditional Mexican cuisine can make it a true fiesta.
Ever receive an invitation to a party where you're asked to bring along some food for everyone to share? One of the easiest things to do that requires basically no cooking whatsoever is homemade salsa. Now, you will need some knife skills, so this certainly isn't in the category of recipes for dummies, but it is pretty easy.
Fresh mangoes are a delicious and versatile ingredient and can be used in savory meals, sweet desserts, and healthy snacks. The first step to any tasty mango recipe, however, is to learn how to properly cut the fruit.
In cooking, fresh herbs mean the difference between ordinary and mouthwatering delicious. You can scramble an egg and it will taste fine, but if you toss a sprinkle of fresh tarragon into your next batch of scrambled eggs, they will taste amazing. It's a secret all professional chefs know, but even the humble home cook can take advantage of these simple kitchen techniques for properly chopping fresh herbs.
Ginger is one of the healthiest foods around. It's been found to lower the risk of certain types of cancer, lower cholesterol, and calm indigestion, just to name a few medicinal uses. Ginger is most often seen pickled, served alongside sushi or sashimi, in Japanese restaurants in the US, but many cooked Japanese dishes include the fresh root as a seasoning element.
Sushi, however prepared, is an elegant and popular dish worldwide. Many novice cooks are intimidated just from the idea of making sushi. But with the right tools, fresh ingredients, and some practice, sushi could be on the menu tonight.
If you love sushi, chances are you've indulged at your favorite restaurant only to be astonished by the price when the bill arrives. For true sushi lovers, an obvious solution is to learn to make sushi at home. But, well, making sushi can be complicated.
If you think Japanese miso paste is just for soup, think again. This fermented rice and soybean paste, which was originally used as a preservative for fish, is an ideal base for marinades, adding a distinctive flavor to whatever you soak in it. Flank steak takes especially well to a miso marinade since the paste tenderizes the meat while adding flavor. A bit of alcohol, like sake or wine, and sugar in the marinade enhance the flavor and turn the marinade into an appealing glaze on the cooked meat.
Japanese cooking relies on simplicity for its most appealing dishes. It's not complicated technique or long ingredient lists that make Japanese dishes shine, but rather the highest quality ingredients, a few simple seasonings, and quick but precise cooking methods. Tataki is a perfect example of this magic in action.
Whether you're a professional chef, your household's elected meal-preparer, or an avid foodie who loves trying out new dishes at home, a high-quality kitchen knife is indispensable when it's time to whip up a menu masterpiece. Clean, uniform cuts can make or break a dish. This recipe for the Japanese comfort food katsudon owes much of its simplicity to the precision that only sharp, quality blades can deliver.
Did you know that the Japanese enjoy eating omelets as much as we do in the United States? They just make their omelets a little differently than we make ours. A Japanese omelet is called tamagoyaki, or "grilled eggs." It is eaten for breakfast, put in bento boxes for lunch, and is also eaten for dessert.
Every chef knows the importance of having a good, sharp knife. Many home cooks invest in good knives, but then unwittingly fall into bad habits that dull their edges. Following are the top five habits you should break - and what to do instead - to keep your knives sharp and to help them last.
The kitchen, with its sharp tools and many appliances, can seem like a very dangerous place for young children. Luckily, childproofing your kitchen doesn't have to be difficult. With some careful planning and vigilance, you and your children can feel safe in the kitchen.
Although some Japanese sushi chefs spend their entire life perfecting their craft, sushi is actually fun and easy to make at home. With the right tools and ingredients, making sushi can be a fun and healthy activity for the whole family.
While not polite, that string of ampersands and exclamation points is likely to come out of your mouth when your very professional, very sharp, very expensive knife chips, breaks, or gets ruined in some small way. Before you take out a second mortgage or weep uncontrollably as you watch your blade enter the trash bin, try one of our tips for fixing that broken knife.
You probably already have a handful of favorite seasonal soups you love to make this time of year - chicken noodle, chili, tomato, to name a few - to warm your soul and cure what ails you. But once you try this comforting, nourishing Japanese noodle soup, you'll definitely have a new favorite to add to your rotation. After all, warming Japanese nabeyaki udon is the perfect antidote to cold winter nights.
"A kitchen without a knife is not a kitchen," according to Japanese chef and sushi master Masaharu Morimoto of Iron Chef fame. This is probably true of all chefs, but even more so of those who specialize in Japanese cooking with its distinctive cutting, slicing, and dicing techniques.
Orecchiette pasta is kind of sentimental in my family. My grandmother used to make these and call them little hats. I would imagine cute little mice like the ones from Cinderella wearing orecchiette on their heads. I always loved Gus Gus.
Unless you're a culinary pro, chances are there have been occasions where you've picked up a recipe and scratched your head in confusion. There are many fancy chef terms frequently used in recipes, so knowing what they mean can make a difference in how you go about preparing a dish.
Sukiyaki is a traditional Japanese one-pot meal that is served in the winter time. It is frequently part of an end-of-the-year Bōnenkai party, where friends and co-workers gather together to eat, drink, and forget about their previous year's sorrows.
So, you've just made your big purchase of a new set of knives. You can fill in the blank as to what kind of knives they are, but common examples include Chef's knives, steak knives, cheese knives, Japanese knives, etc., but it is certainly a big purchase and you're proud of it.
One skill many lack is that of properly cutting foods for dishes. Knowing correct technique can improve your dish's presentation and even taste. More importantly, it increases your safety in the kitchen. Read on to learn about proper cutting etiquette.
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