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On Memorial Day, our recipes are colorfully patriotic.

With the Red, White and Blue as our theme, Zojirushi honors our veterans and our armed forces with some easy dishes that you can prepare right in your own rice cooker and breadmaker with a touch of a button.

Try our memorable Memorial Day recipes.
Rice with Sausage, Onion, Ketchup and Sunny-Side-Up Egg
Cauliflower Creamed Rice with Seared Salmon
Luscious Blueberry Loaf
This is an adaptation of Japanese omu-raisu ("omelet-rice"), a hundred-twenty-year old classic "Japanized" dish borrowed from Western cuisine. The cooked rice, which is stir-fried with chicken, then flavored with ketchup (yes, ketchup), is wrapped in a fluffy French style omelet. In this version the rice is served with a sunny-side-up egg. In this recipe, creamed cauliflower is mixed into cooked rice to create a wonderfully velvety textured rice that is a great accompaniment to any main dish. In this recipe, it is paired with seared salmon gently flavored with lemon and thyme to enjoy the natural flavor of the salmon. Our luscious blueberry loaf uses fresh blueberries and finishes with a crumb topping for a lovely presentation. Add the blueberries when the kneading cycle completes to maintain its shape and color. Slice and serve with tea or coffee.

Some Facts About Our Ingredients

Ketchup, or Catsup if you live in Canada, could arguably be called America's favorite condiment, although many might argue that it is in fact salsa. The fact is that over 97% of American households have at least one bottle of ketchup in the kitchen, and we consume about 3 bottles per year per person.

Ketchup originated in China as a fish sauce called "ke-tsiap" back in 1690, and had no tomatoes in it. Today, ketchup is made up of primarily tomato puree, water, vinegar, sugar, salt and various spices and herbs. Many researchers, including the National Cancer Institute, have found that tomatoes can provide an antioxidant that could significantly reduce the risk of cancer; but opponents claim that the sugar and salt content offsets any health benefits.

There is no doubt though, that we love our ketchup. Besides dressing up our hamburgers and fries, we use it in countless recipes from stews to spaghetti sauces to soups. Did you know that ketchup goes really well with hot fluffy rice? Try our recipe this month and discover yet another new way to use this versatile condiment.

Cauliflower, like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and kale, is a cruciferous vegetable from the cabbage family. It gets its name from their four-petaled flowers, which look like a crucifer, or cross. Many doctors recommend these vegetables for their antioxidant benefits and fiber content.

And just because it's good for you doesn't mean it has to taste bland. There are countless recipes for roasting cauliflower, for blending into creamy soups, and even for low carb diets as a replacement for mashed potatoes. Our recipe calls for cauliflower as a zingy addition of texture to creamed rice, a perfect complement to seared salmon.

When shopping for cauliflower, look for firm, compact heads and fresh leaves; it is available all year-round and may be white, green or purple. They can be baked, boiled, deep-fried, pureed, steamed, sautéed or eaten raw. A tablespoon of lemon juice to the cooking water will prevent discoloration. Cauliflower is versatile and will match well with many ingredients, including almonds, bacon, butter, cheese, chives, cream, curry, garlic, lemon, nutmeg, olive oil, parsley, tomato sauce and much more.

Did you know that the blueberry muffin is the most popular muffin in the U.S.? It's probably no surprise--the tartness of this tangy fruit is perfect for a sweet, home-baked muffin; and it just looks good to eat. Be sure to try our fluffy fresh blueberry loaf by using your breadmaker to do all the work.

Blueberries are available all year at our markets, when we can get them from Chile and Argentina during our winter months, but summer over there. Locally different varieties are grown in states like Maine and Michigan. The wild blueberry is the official fruit of Maine which produces the world's largest share of this type of blueberry, prized for its intense color. The Maine crop requires 50,000 beehives to pollinate, with most of the hives trucked in from other states just for that purpose.

The health benefits of blueberries have been well documented and researched. Scientists believe that they contain natural compounds and antioxidants that can help our bodies to stay healthy and fend off age-related diseases, including Alzheimer's. There are only 80 fat-free calories per cup, and they contain a good amount of fiber and vitamin C, so blueberries are an ideal choice for yogurt and cereal toppings, salad sprinkles or smoothies.

Remembering Our Soldiers

Originally called Decoration Day, Memorial Day started as a day to commemorate Union and Confederate soldiers after the U.S. Civil War in 1865. It later evolved into a national holiday that honors our country's veterans who have died in all wars. It symbolically marks the beginning of summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end. For most Americans today, it has also become a weekend to remember lost family members by visiting them at grave sites.

Our Flag

If you want to fly your flag during Memorial Day, you might want to follow some flag etiquette rules:

If you are flying the flag on a flagpole, it is hoisted to the peak for an instant first, before lowering it to half-mast. On Memorial Day it is flown at half-mast till noon, then raised to the top afterward.
If you are flying it on a staff projecting from your house or balcony, the flag's stars should be at the peak of the staff.
If you are displaying the flag indoors and against a wall, place it horizontally or vertically with the stars to your left and at the top.
Flags from other countries should not be raised while a country is in mourning.

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Zojirushi stainless steel vacuum mugs come with a removable stopper, and are designed to drink directly out of the mug. They work like a regular mug, but will keep your beverage hot or cold for as long as 6 hours. They are lightweight, durable and economical.
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