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Smoked Beer Can Chicken with Dry Rub

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Cucumber, Feta and Red Onion Salad

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I’ve always used NAKANO Rice Vinegar to make sushi rice. However, now that I’ve become more familiar with their products, I use their rice vinegar in any recipe that calls for other types of vinegars. For example, this summer, we’ve been making a lot of salads, so I’ve been making salad dressing with NAKANO Rice Vinegar (instead of red wine vinegar), olive oil and some garden seasoning spices. Also, now that I live in the South, use Nakano’s flavored rice vinegars (like their Red Pepper Seasoned Rice Vinegar) on sautéed greens. I even used NAKANO to season a new crystal wine carafe recently!

One of my family’s favorite summer salads is based on one I used to make years ago from a recipe I found in Bon Appetit back in the early ‘90s. We even used cucumbers from the neighbor’s garden!

 

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Cucumber, Feta and Red Onion Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 cucumbers, seeded and diced (you can leave the peels on if you wish)
  • 6 ounces low or no fat feta, crumbled
  • 1 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons NAKANO Rice Vinegar (Natural, Original Seasoned, Basil & Oregano Seasoned or Roasted Garlic Seasoned)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Combine cucumbers, feta and onion in a large bowl.
  2. Add olive oil and NAKANO Rice Vinegar and gently mix ingredients.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Chill until it’s time to serve.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 20 Minutes
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
  • Serving size: 1 cup

Check out the NAKANO website for more recipes!

Nakano 60-Day SPLASH IT ON, STEP IT UP CHALLENGE

Nakano is holding a  60-Day Splash it on, Step it up Challenge on Facebook to encourage their fans to to make healthy lifestyle choices such as eating more vegetables and being more active. Check it out for fun and helpful fitness tips and health features such as a step tracker wrapping around a globe that show you the number of steps you’ve walked.

They’re also offering prizes such as a one-year free gym membership for the first prize winner. (The second prize winner receives six personal training sessions and third prize winner will receive a Nakano workout bag!)

You can also sign up for Mizkan's enewsletter to be eligible for their Splash for Cash giveaway  - a chance to win $150! (Mizkan is the parent company of NAKANO.) Even if you don’t win, you’ll get a terrific enewsletter filled with tips and recipes. I signed up for it months ago and really like it.

Finally, you can connect with NAKANO on Facebook and Twitter.

How do you use vinegar in your cooking?

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I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of NAKANO and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for participating.

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Seared Panko Encrusted Tuna on Black Rice

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Win a meal makeover from the Meal Makeover Moms and Holland House #HollandHouseCW

Holland House productsAre you a fan of the Meal Makeover Moms? If so you may want to enter the Holland House/Meal Makeover Moms Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes is running through the beginning of June. Each month, one fan will be chosen to receive a meal makeover from the Meal Makeover Moms.

The first drawing took place in April, but there’s still time to enter for the May and June drawings. All you need to do is go to the Holland House Facebook page, like it then enter the contest. Winners will get the chance to talk with the Meal Makeover Moms about their mealtime challenges, have a favorite dinner recipe made over, and win a new set of cookware.

Holland House sweepstakes

If you’re looking for some mealtime makeover inspiration, check out Holland House’s website. Some of the Meal Makeover Moms favorite recipes  include the Broccoli Beef Stir Fry featuring Sherry Cooking Wine, Multi Grain Pilaf with White Cooking Wine, and Cool Cucumber Dressing with White Wine Vinegar.

You can also check out some of my recipes using Holland House products like: Marsala Whipped Sweet Potatoes, Best Carne Asada Marinade, and Sautéed Rainbow Chard.

And check out these recipes from my fellow Mizkan Bloggers:

What favorite family recipe would you have the Meal Makeover Moms make over?

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of Holland House, provided compensation for this post. All opinions are my own

Christmas leftovers: Roast Beef Salad with Chipotle Rice Vinegar Salad Dressing

Roast Beef Salad with Chipotle Dressing at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com The problem with making roast beef is figuring out what to do with the leftovers, since reheating overcooks and dries out the meat. Sure, you could thinly slice the roast beef for sandwiches. But my favorite way of eating leftover roast beef (or venison) is cold and in a salad.

You can either thinly slice the roast beef into strips or cut it into cubes. To make your salad, add the cold roast beef to your favorite type of lettuce (I used romaine) and pile on other goodies like pine nuts, feta cheese crumbles, tomatoes, olives or whatever strikes your fancy.

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Homemade salad dressings with NAKANO rice vinegars

Then there was the matter of all that leftover Chipotle Mayo sauce. What was I going to do with it? I got the idea to add NAKANO Roasted Garlic Seasoned Rice Vinegar to the sauce to make a fabulous homemade salad dressing. It’s very spicy, so you may want to dial down the heat by adding more mayonnaise or using a no fat Greek yogurt instead of mayo.

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Chipotle Rice Vinegar Salad Dressing

Adapted from Nadia G.’s Chipotle Mayo recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 cup prepared light mayonnaise
  • 6 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 cup NAKANO Roasted Garlic Seasoned Rice Vinegar

Directions

  1. In a food processor, blend together the mayonnaise, chipotle peppers, sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  2. Add NAKANO rice vinegar and blend until combined.
  3. Pour into a salad dressing bottle and shake before pouring on your salad.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes
Servings: Makes 2 1/2 cups of dressing.
  • Serving size: 3 - 4 tablespoons

Splash it on with NAKANO vinegars

NAKANO Natural and Seasoned Rice Vinegars are a healthy alternative to fattening condiments in your holiday cooking. Instead of butter and sour cream on your baked potato, try a splash of NAKANO Red Pepper Seasoned Rice Vinegar. Splash some NAKANO® Basil & Oregano Seasoned Rice Vinegar on noodles. NAKANO Balsamic Blend Seasoned Rice Vinegar would be wonderful on salads or roasted vegetables, too!

What other healthy ways can you use NAKANO vinegars in your holiday cooking?

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of NAKANO, provided compensation for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own.

Marsala Whipped Sweet Potatoes

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Fall grilling: Smoked Marinated Chicken

Fall grilling: Smoked Marinated Chicken at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com I just got an email reminder for my kids to place their online football picks for week 8. Week 8? Boy has football season gone quickly! Even so, it’s never too late (or too cold) to do some weekend grilling and barbecuing for the big game or a tailgate party.

Recently, I took advantage of our unseasonably-warm-for-Colorado weekend weather to cook up some chicken in our Masterbuilt electric smoker. It’s so easy to smoke a chicken that I don’t know why I don’t do it more often. (It probably has something to do with all that fish and venison in our freezer! Chicken’s a rare treat at my house.)

World Harbors marinades make smoking chicken easy

Using a premade marinade like those from World Harbors® makes the process even easier. This time around I used World Harbors Maui Mountain Teriyaki and World Harbors Maui Mountain Sweet 'N Sour to marinate a couple of chickens. (You can use any variety you like!) Combined with the smoke from the sugar maple wood I used, both birds turned out moist and delicious. If you have a smoker or know how to smoke chicken using a grill, the process is easy.

This Mama’s tips

  • Since most smokers are large enough do two or more birds at once, take advantage of the situation and smoke extra chicken(s). Eat one immediately while you’re watching football. The extra chicken is great the next day in salads, sandwiches, stir fry or soups or reheated in the oven or microwave.
  • I like smoking fish (lake trout is wonderful) while I’m smoking the chicken. I place the fish under the chicken so the chicken fat drips on to the fish. Decadent!
  • If you want your chicken to cook even faster, try spatchcocking it!
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Smoked Marinated Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (3 to 4 pound fryer)
  • 1 bottle of World Harbors marinade of your choice
  • 1 sealable plastic baggie

Directions

  1. Remove giblets, liver and neck from chicken. (Set aside to make stock.)
  2. Place whole chicken in plastic bag.
  3. Pour in entire bottle of World Harbors marinade.
  4. Add some water if necessary so marinade completely covers the chicken.
  5. Seal bag and set in refrigerator overnight or for 24 hours. Turn bag once to evenly marinate chicken about half way through the process.
  6. Heat your smoker to 235 degrees F and add your favorite bird-friendly wood (apple, sugar maple, etc.)
  7. Remove the chicken from the marinade. Place the chicken in the smoker, breast side down to start. After 1 1/2 to 2 hours, turn it over to finish.
  8. Cook the chicken until it reaches 160 degrees F. Make sure to check the temperature of chicken at the meatiest part of the breast between the bones.
  9. Remove the chicken from the smoker and let it rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Prep Time: 24 Hours
Cook Time: 2 Minutes
Total Time: 26 Hours
Servings: Serves 4 to 6
  • Serving size: 1/2 pounds of meat per person

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of World Harbors, provided compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

How to Marinate and Smoke Trout

How to Marinate and Smoke Trout at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com After camping at Stagecoach Lake near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, we usually come home with a cooler full of lake trout. One of my favorite ways to prepare trout is to smoke it our Masterbuilt Electric Smoker. This recipe is good for any type of fresh water lake fish. Once you've tried smoked fish, you’ll never go back to grilling or baking it again!

What makes this method super easy is using World Harbors marinade, which I keep on hand just to make this dish. Last time I made this, I used World Harbors Maui Mountain Sweet 'N Sour marinade, which gave the fish a sweet, citrusy flavor. However, several of the World Harbors other marinades, like the Australian Style Bar-B or Maine's Own Lemon Pepper & Garlic would also be delicious.

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How to Marinate and Smoke Trout

The leftover smoked trout is terrific the next day either cold in a salad or combined with mayo to make a sandwich spread.

Ingredients

  • 2 – 3 medium to large trout, cleaned (You can leave head and tail on or remove.) .
  • 1 bottle your favorite World Harbors marinade

Directions

Marinating Trout

  1. Place cleaned trout in a large sealable plastic bag.
  2. Empty entire bottle of marinade over the fish into the bag.
  3. Seal bag and place fish in refrigerator for 8 to 10 hours up to 2 days.

Smoking Trout

  1. Set your smoker to 150 degrees and use a mild wood such as pecan, apple, oak or alder. I used apple with World Harbors Maui Mountain Sweet 'N Sour marinade.
  2. Spray your smoker grate with a high temperature cooking spray. Lay the trout directly on the smoker grate. There should be enough space between your trout so the smoke can reach all parts of the fish.
  3. Let the fish smoke for 30 minutes at 150 degrees to dry the outside of the fish so that it can be firmer in the later stages of smoking.
  4. After 30 minutes raise the temperature to 225 degrees to finish the smoking process.
  5. Smoke until the fish reaches 145 degrees. If you go higher than this the fish will start to turn into fish jerky. Total cooking time usually takes 1 to 2 hours depending on size of your fish and how many you’re smoking at one time.
  6. To serve, remove skin, bones, head and tail and serve with slices of lemon.
Prep Time: 10 Hours
Cook Time: 3 Hours
Total Time: 13 Hours
Servings: Marinate enough fish to feed four people or have leftovers after feeding two.
  • Serving size: 1 fish per person

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of World Harbors, provided compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

Skewered Chicken Balsamico

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Holland House recently announced their summer sweepstakes “Grill of Your Dreams” on Facebook. The grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 Visa® Gift Card, which may be used to purchase a new grill. All you need to do is go to the Holland House Facebook page, “like” it, then register with your info. Then you play a round of the Gulping Grill Game to win an instant win game prizes, a Holland House bottles gift pack. You can enter once a day. The Grill of Your Dreams goes until August 5, 2011.

Get grilling with Holland House

Holland House vinegars are a wonderful way to create marinades and sauces for summer grilling. Here’s a recipe for healthy chicken skewers that uses Holland House Balsamic Vinegar that would be great with grilled corn on the cob or veggie kabobs at your next grilling party.

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Skewered Chicken Balsamico

Recipe courtesy of Mizkan.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds chicken tenders
  • 1/3 cup Holland House Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or gluten free tamari sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse-ground black pepper
  • 6 (8-inch) skewers

Directions

  1. Place chicken in sealable gallon plastic bag.
  2. Combine remaining ingredients (except skewers) in a bowl. Stir to dissolve salt.
  3. Pour over chicken and shake bag gently to coat. Seal bag and refrigerate 8 to 10 hours, turning bag over once.
  4. If using wood skewers, soak skewers in water 30 minutes. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  5. Drain chicken well.
  6. Thread chicken onto skewers.
  7. Grill over low flame until cooked through.
Prep Time: 10 Hours
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 10 Hours 20 Minutes
Servings: Makes 4 to 6 servings
  • Serving size: 1 to 2 skewers

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of Holland House, provided compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

The World Harbors Capture Your Adventure Sweepstakes

BucBlendsBBQLow I wanted to let you know that until June 20, World Harbors is running a sweepstakes on their Facebook page to win an all-expenses paid trip to an exotic island along with a video camera so they can capture their adventure.

The destination will be selected by World Harbors. But you can see some hints on the World Harbors Facebook page, like:

Here's a hint for the location of our World Harbors Capture Your Adventure Sweepstakes: This is a place where the sun shines all day and where you'll hear the crash of waves on a beach...Any thoughts on where this might be?

Any idea? Maybe some of the names of their marinades or BBQ sauces will give you some clues!

Remember, you can enter once a day until June 20th. Good luck!

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Disclosure: Mizkan, the parent company of World Harbors, provided compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

Share your favorite splash tips in the NAKANO Splash Madness Sweepstakes

Nakano vinegars It’s not often that I find a food product that can meet all my food sensitivity needs. One of the them is NAKANO® rice vinegars. They’re all natural, gluten free, contain no preservatives, and have 50% less sodium than other rice vinegars.

NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar is unsweetened, has no sodium and can be used in a variety of recipes. NAKANO Seasoned Rice Vinegars are lightly sweetened and lightly salted to be used in recipes or as a Splash On condiment.

Get NAKANO Splash Madness!

That’s right. NAKANO vinegars can be “splashed on” a variety of dishes and foods. That’s why they’re holding a NAKANO Splash Madness Sweepstakes. To win, all you have to do “like” the NAKANO Facebook page and enter a favorite “splash tip” using NAKANO's Seasoned Rice Vinegars for a chance to win!

Here’s how to enter:

What can you win?

The Grand Prize winner will receive a new, top of the line refrigerator (valued at $1500). The second prize winner will receive a juicer or blender (valued at $500). And the third prize winner will get a selection of NAKANO vinegars plus a cooking accessory like a garlic press or a lemon zester(valued at $100).

So what splash tip are you going to submit?

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Disclosure: Nakano provided compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.