Mirin is all about getting sauced.
Because that’s where Japanese cooking wine really shines — in sauces.
But first, a misconception. The wretched American product known as “cooking wine” probably has you reluctant to try anything similar.
Relax and prepare for a delicious discovery. They are nothing alike.
Though once sipped similar to sake, today mirin is exclusively a cooking wine. The clear, viscous liquid has a clean yet intensely sweet-salty flavor.
Mirin-Marinated Short Ribs With Shiitakes and Egg Noodles »
In just one short week, New York City will host culinary legends from around the country at the fourth annual New York City Wine and Food Festival. This year’s festival welcomes chefs and culinary personalities from Food Network, including: Giada De Laurentiis, Sandra Lee, Duff Goldman, Paula Deen, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Anne Burrell, Tyler Florence and Masaharu Morimoto.
In preparation for the festival, we’re featuring upcoming events that we’re excited about — better hurry, tickets are going fast.
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As the weather starts to change from scorching hot to blissfully breezy, so does the temperature of seasonal dishes. Fall is synonymous with comfort foods like warm soups, casseroles and baked goods hot out of the oven.
Not surprisingly, when Food Network asked Facebook fans “I can’t wait to cook _____ this fall,” more than 3,300 people had something to say.
The countdown to full-on fall has officially begun, and fans can’t wait to bust out the crockpot and make warm, hearty chili. Try Giada’s White Bean and Chicken Chili. Red pepper flakes bring heat to the cannellini beans, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese at the end is melt-in-your-mouth good. Add some beef to your beans with Ellie’s Three Bean and Beef Chili. Chipotle chile, adobo sauce and red bell pepper add color and flavor to this comfort classic.
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Every week, Mark Oldman — wine expert, acclaimed author and lead judge of the hit series The Winemakers — shares with readers the basics of wine, while making it fun and practical. In the coming weeks, he’ll tell you what to ask at a wine store, at what temperature to serve it and share his must-have wine tools.
Come clean: In a wine shop, you choose by the label. Not to worry — I, too, am seduced by alluring packaging. But what if you want to make sure that the wine also tastes good? Here’s a plan of attack that even a novice can conquer.
First, you need to maximize the chances that the store has smart, helpful clerks and not the snide, zoned-out clerks that make me head straight to an online seller. If you don’t already know the shop’s reputation, do some reconnaissance. Are the bottles cool to the touch or are they baking in the sun, on the road to ruin? Does the place use homemade shelf signs, or just plastic cards with canned advertising copy? Does it host free tastings? All are clues that the merchant takes its business and its customers seriously.
What to see and say in a wine store »
Marcela Valladolid has introduced people to a whole new way of thinking about Mexican cuisine with healthy and easy-to-prepare meals. Now she’s sharing her recipes in her brand new cookbook, Mexican Made Easy, and FN Dish is giving away five copies.
Marcela is changing the way Americans cook Mexican at home with easy recipes that are short on time, but long on authentic flavor. With 100 recipes and 80 scrumptious photographs to flip through, Mexican Made Easy the cookbook brings all the energy and fresh flavors of Marcela’s show into homes across the country.
You can pre-order a copy right now, but we’d like to give you a chance to win one for free. All you have to do is comment on this post by telling us which one of Marcela’s recipes is your favorite and why. We’re giving away five copies of her cookbook to randomly selected and very lucky commenters.
Find out how to enter here »
In case you haven’t heard, FN Dish is participating in Healthy Eats’ Brown-Bag Challenge. The challenge: Bring your lunch to work each weekday for the month of September. We know this isn’t an easy feat, so we’ve asked some of our favorite food bloggers to share their experience and favorite recipes to help keep everyone motivated.
This week, Jenna Reed from The Undercover Cook is getting us through the work-week with her leftover tips.
It has always been my goal to take my lunch to work most days because it is cheaper and healthier than going out. Lately, though, my make-ahead lunches were slipping down the priority list in the evenings and becoming the exception rather than the rule.
Get Jenna’s Chicken and Roasted Sweet Potato Salad Recipe »
Guy Fieri recently met with a couple who have made a hobby out of traveling to all of the places featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. So far, Food Network fans Ben and Barb Stillwagon have been to 249 locations and have created a scrapbook collection of their travels. But it’s their latest stop at Guy’s own Johnny Garlic’s that brought them face-to-face with their inspiration and gave them a chance to share their memorabilia with him. SJ-R.com reports that “Guy asked Ben and Barb if they could leave the albums in Santa Rosa for a while so their souvenirs could be scanned into a computer for possible use in the future.” Ben described the meeting as a dream come true.
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Buyers beware: That peanut butter you’ve been snacking on since childhood is soon to undergo a price hike. Sweltering temperatures and parched soil in Peanut Belt states like Georgia and Texas are to blame for the spoiled peanut crop.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, this year’s peanut crop is predicted to be about 3.61 billion pounds, 13 percent smaller than last year.
Peanut butter powerhouse J.M. Smucker Co., who dominates 45 percent of the peanut butter market, expects to raise prices by 30 percent in November, making that $3.19 jar of Jif $4.15, says a Cleveland article.
Vote: Will you continue to buy peanut butter? »
Every week, Alex Guarnaschelli, host of Alex’s Day Off, shares with readers what she’s eating — whether it’s from the farmers’ market or fresh off the boat, she’ll have you craving everything from comfort food to seasonal produce.
Sometimes I like to enjoy the full blast of a chile pepper and sometimes I want a mellower version. Hot peppers can be tamed by removing the seeds and slicing the ribs off the interior flesh. Try not to learn this lesson the hard way if you can help it: Wear gloves to protect your hands when cleaning chiles of their ribs and seeds. If you’ve ever touched the chile and then touched your eyes, you know what I’m talking about.
On one end of the heat spectrum, habaneros and scotch bonnet peppers are two of the hottest varieties. They are small and appear in various hues of green, yellow or red. Because they are so spicy, I use them sparingly in their raw form. I also love to slice and cover them with olive oil — it’s like a bottle of spice that naps in my fridge until I need it. Cooking them can also offer that tamed flavor. Sometimes I marvel at how floral spicy peppers can be underneath all that heat. A few paper-thin slices can brighten (and spice up) a light butter sauce for grilled fish or a hot marinade for other vegetables, such as eggplant, or meat.
Jalapeno, serrano, bell and wax peppers »
We took the best part of this classic soup — all the sweet caramelized onions — and left behind all the fat. A small sprinkling of Gruyere cheese (or your favorite) at the end is all you need for a satisfying main dish.
Get the recipe: French Onion Soup
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