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We are back and better than ever this month. Thank you to our readers for being patient with us during our brief hiatus. We're going to celebrate our new year with fresh rice recipes that use the best spring vegetables of the season.
If you are familiar with the dish known as gratin, a baked French dish made with white sauce and cheese, it's easy to picture doria, a Japanese version of it made with rice. The creamy rice filling is a delicious complement to the crusty cheese topping--with the green peas and asparagus as ideal vegetables for color and crunch!
See recipe for
Green Peas and Asparagus Doria
This very popular style of Italian rice is always cooked to a creamy, brothy consistency. Our Zojirushi risotto uses fava beans, which makes for a hearty appetizer or side dish with a touch of green pastel--perfect for a cool spring day!
See recipe for
Fava Bean Risotto
This very healthy comfort food provides a lot of nutrition when you may not want to eat heavy. Whereas its rice relative, okayu, is more of a rice porridge, zosui is more like a soup, often made from the leftover stock of a hotpot nabe meal.
See recipe for
Vegetable Brown Rice Zosui (Japanese Rice Soup)
Zojirushi products have always kept up with technology, trends and most important, your lifestyle. With so much emphasis on simplicity and speed these days, we've tried to enhance the everyday basics by making tasks easier, and adding a touch of style.

Spring is around the corner and it's time to get some air! Time to break out your lunch and pack a bento meal--hanami (flower viewing) season is upon us. We're packed with bento ideas and ideal recipes that you can find on the Zojirushi site, but don't forget--hanami is universal. It's what you do when spring fever hits us!

Fajita Fried Seafood &
Wild Rice
Sandwich &
Japanese Style
Sushi Bento
Pasta Salad &
Fruit Cocktail
Ginger Pork (Japanese Shoga-Yaki) Cauliflower
Home Made
Brown Rice
Wild Rice
Tangy Valencia
Orange Gelatin
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Here are some favorites to take with you if you just want to get out and enjoy the spring air. Take advantage of the seasonal produce at your local grocery store, too.
FRUIT SALAD: Of course it's all about strawberries, right? But apricots, grapefruit, kiwi, blueberries and pineapple are also spring fruits so consider adding variety or even getting a sauce recipe to enhance their flavor.  
FRIED CHICKEN: Nothing more classic than cold fried chicken in a picnic basket. Just whip out your Grandma's recipe, or bake it instead if you don't want to deep fry. Try an oven baked version by rolling it in seasoning and coating in sesame seeds or corn flakes.  
SANDWICHES: Whatever kind of sandwich you prefer, springtime is when all the lettuce greens appear that you'll need to dress up your creation. Arugula, Romaine, Boston; and for vegetarians, how about watercress?  
PASTA SALAD: Another stand-by for picnics because they're delicious chilled and you can prepare them the night before; the ideal springtime recipe has to include asparagus and artichokes, right?  
DEVILED APPETIZERS: Deviled eggs never go out of style--the perfect appetizers at picnics and parties. And who knew that mashed avocado was the new mayonnaise? For a healthier deviled ham or crab or chicken recipe, try the avocado alternative--they're in season!  
LEMONADE: Lemons are at their juicy best during this time of year--and no picnic is complete without lemonade. Add some mint to it for some zest; you'll see fresh mint available too--they like the cooler spring weather. By the way, don't forget to pack the drinks in our Zojirushi vacuum bottles to keep them ice cold!  
Look into our Zojirushi Encyclopedia section to learn more about the Zojirushi rice cookers, how to use them in various cooking styles, and to see the unique features of our own Zojirushi products.
Zojirushi is the first to introduce the keep warm feature on a rice cooker. Zojirushi's first MICOM (microcomputer) rice cooker debuts. Using MICOM technology, Zojirushi introduces different menu settings for cooking different varieties of rice. IH (induction heating) replaces the standard heating element as the better way to heat the cooking urn. The PRESSURE system is introduced as a further advancement to rice cooking technology.
A pressurized system elevates cooking temperatures to higher levels. Rice cooked with pressure has been found to be softer, and stay soft for longer periods of time when compared to regularly cooked rice. Induction Heating (IH) system rice cookers are the cutting edge in heating technology. This enables the rice cooker to make finer temperature adjustments for precise heating. Equipped with a computer chip, the rice cooker can "think" and adjust cooking length and temperatures according to the thermal sensor's calculations. Conventional electric rice cookers, first invented in 1955, are inexpensive and ideal for beginners. To cook white rice, all you do is add rice, water, and push a button.
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Next month we feature Japanese teppanyaki (iron plate griddle) recipes using spring vegetables.

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