Fermented bean paste? Doesn’t exactly scream party in your mouth.
And yet we happily slurp it in that salty, savory soup doled out every time we sit down for sushi. That’s because miso really is a flavor bomb worth knowing.
So let’s start there. Miso is a broad term for pastes made from fermented cooked soybeans that are aged, sometimes for years.
Miso has origins in China, but is best known for its role in Japanese cooking, where it is used in soups, sauces, marinades, glazes and dressings.
There are many varieties of miso, which can vary widely in color and flavor intensity based on how long it is aged and which ingredients are added.
Sweet white miso, for example, is made from fermented soybeans and rice, then aged for just a few months. The result is a smooth paste with a sweet, salty, savory flavor and a light golden color.
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Whether you’ve just returned from baseball practice, work or the gym, you can still put dinner on the table quick. This dish whips up in just 35 minutes and has something for everyone. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts and sweet, Italian sausages are cut up into chunks and sautéed with fragrant onions and peppers. Before serving, pour a sauce made of garlic, white wine, cherry peppers and butter over it to kick it up a notch.
Tip: Add extra heat by using spicy sausage and hot cherry peppers.
Get the recipe: Chicken, Sausage and Peppers
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We’re teaming up with food and garden bloggers to host Spring Fling 2011, a season-long garden party. In coming weeks, we’ll feature favorite garden-to-table recipes and tips to help you enjoy the bounty, whether you’re harvesting your own goodies or buying them fresh from the market. Recently, we dove into the world of asparagus and rhubarb — today, we’re exploring artichokes.
An edible thistle, artichokes are one of those veggies that is easiest used from a jar or frozen. But if you’re going to pick one time of year to actually carve into an artichoke, spring is the time to do it, when fresh artichokes are at their peak. Don’t be intimidated by all those leaves and the inedible “choke” hiding inside – just follow the lead of Food Network chefs.
Start with this easy recipe for Steamed Artichokes (in the microwave) from Food Network Magazine, along with their step-by-step guide to cutting up baby artichokes.
Find out how to prep and cook artichokes »
This is not your average brownie and yes, you can start drooling now.
A crust of butter, sugar and graham cracker is pressed evenly over the bottom of the pan than baked to golden perfection. Next, a thick, fudgy brownie batter gets poured on top and baked just until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. At that point, large marshmallows are added to the top of the dessert and put under the broiler under slightly melted.
Three different layers form three scrumptious textures.
Tip: While dinner is cooking, bake these showstoppers. By the time you’ve finished eating and washed the dishes, these brownies will have cooled down and be ready to eat.
Get the recipe: S’more Brownies
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Meet your new go-to staple for hearty family and entertaining dinners that come together in under 40 minutes. Bow-tie pasta is tossed with tomatoes, basil, escarole and zucchini, than baked until a combination of fontina and Parmesan cheeses have melted.
Get the recipe: Baked Farfalle With Escarole and Zucchini
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Tired of plain ol’ mustard and ketchup? Take your hot dog beyond sauerkraut and relish with Food Network Magazine’s 30 days of hot dogs. Whisk your family away with a Chicago-inspired hot dog topped with dill pickles, cucumber spears, sliced tomatoes, sweet pickle relish, pickled peppers, diced onion and yellow mustard. Or get rid of the bun altogether and swap it for flour tortillas: Top with shredded cheddar, lettuce, salsa and sour cream for a taco-inspired dinner.
Get the recipes: 30 Hot Dog Topping Ideas
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You’ve seen Guy’s Weird Spaghetti and Giada’s Baked Macaroni and Cheese Cupcakes. Let us now introduce you to a few more unexpected oddities, this time, those on a stick. From salad and tortellini to French toast and mozzarella, the possibilities of food on a skewer are simply endless. Check out our fun and easy recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner that can be stuck on and bit off with ease.
Who says you have to eat salad with a fork? Food Network’s unique recipe for Salad on a Stick (pictured above) is the ultimate way to have fun with your food. Iceberg lettuce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber and carrot slices are layered high and drizzled with a creamy blue cheese dressing.
Serve your kids cool French Toast Kebobs from Food.com and they’ll actually want to eat breakfast before school. Cubes of baked bread are stacked high on a stick in between layers of fresh berries and bananas. Dunked in warm maple syrup, these kebobs are a sweet morning treat.
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This weekend, grab your rolling pin and make this seasonal pie filled with sweet strawberries and tart rhubarb — it’ll transport you back to your grandmother’s kitchen.
Get the recipe: Grandma’s Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
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Maybe it’s time to look beyond claims of virginity in the oil aisle.
Because, you see, our 20-year love affair with olive oil has had fallout. We’ve forgotten that there’s a whole world of oils that don’t come from the olive tree.
And they can do a heck of a lot more than just sauté and make a fine dressing.
OK, maybe we didn’t forget. It’s not as though prior to the EVOO revolution we were all swilling avocado and grape seed oils.
But olive oil has done a fine job of elbowing out other up-and-comers.
Sesame, for instance. You may have never purchased it, but chances are you’ve had it. It’s what gives many Asian dishes a nutty, savory, richly aromatic flavor.
Find out what to do with sesame oil »
Lighten up dinner tonight with a salad that features crisp spring veggies like radish and cucumber with fresh herbs alongside lemony shrimp.
Get the recipe: Spinach-Orzo Salad With Shrimp
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