Mother Sauces

Classic French cooking has a long established tradition of using five sauces that pair with specific traditional ingredients. They are called mother sauces. If you were going to make a gratin of potatoes or macaroni and cheese, you would make a Béchamel sauce. If you added salt, pepper, nutmeg and …

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Walnut Amasake Bittersweet Chocolate Muffins

Baking with microbes Almost everything we bake, brew cook or ferment contains one or more microbes. Bacteria, yeasts, fungus and other fermented products that already contain microbes (like miso, milk kefir, and vinegar) work exceptionally well in and with baked goods. Even if you set aside the yeasts common in …

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Struffoli

Struffoli is a traditional Italian holiday sweet that has many names and different regional variations. My grandmother used to make a very simple, tasty, and crispy version by rolling out tiny balls of dough that were fried in light olive oil until golden brown. Then they were covered with honey …

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Beans

Miso selections

Beans Rules As we go along each post will present a single concept or idea. But we do request you read these posts, and comment or ask questions! No one knows everything. In fact few people really know anything useful other than the answers to your questions. So ask ! …

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Microbes Eat Corn

Corn Shoyu – Recipe 10 cups/2200 grams steamed yellow grits corn koji (A. sojae) 2 cups/300 grams kosher salt 2 1/2 cups/425 grams ground corn masa koji 2 cups /500 grams water 3 cups/550 grams corn masa, toasted 2 cups/275 grams dark brown roasted corn 1 cup 120F water Keep …

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Nixtamalized, Sprouted, Popped, and Maillarded Corn Jiang

Corn with A.sojae

First we sprouted some of our favorite popcorn. Not that popcorn makes great edible sprouts, but it starts the process of making the corn more digestible, tasty, and nutritious. The smell and flavor of corn pops! It makes the miso taste like an ear of buttered, grilled corn. With benefits. …

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Taking Stock of and Making Stock from Sweet Corn

First the corn stock. You can actually make this with half eaten, older, or cosmetically challenged corn and it will still deliver the smell and taste we lust after in corn. If you are using fresh corn save the husks for making tempeh or tamales or little packets of natto …

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Mixed Kojis and the Dregs

At one of our monthly forums we had lots of already cooked, organic Carolina Gold rice leftover. We also had lots of soybean pulp, or okara, leftover from making tofu. Okara has a large amount of protein that like other beans and grains and seeds makes a tasty miso. Remember …

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One Bucket Miso

4 TB/66 grams coarse sea salt (plus a little extra) 3 cans/650 grams canned cooked drained beans (see note below) 2 1/2 cups/567 grams rice koji 1 cup/245 grams bean liquid Don’t obsess over the weights of things for this recipe. Just use the first figures given for each ingredient. …

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Third, Make Corn Miso

This miso is a very special miso for us. We use it not only with fresh seafood, especially shellfish and grilled vegetables, but also for several dishes we grew up on. These include gachas with rabbit or fresh bacon, polenta cakes fried in thick green olive oil and cloves of …

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