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11 Recipes that Turn Up the Funk

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Unless you live somewhere with year-round sunshine, winter is a whole lot of grey on grey, white on white, beige on beige; it loses much of its magic after the first snows melt and the spice cookies have gone wayside. There are potatoes, cabbages, root vegetables. We coat them in cream for something different. This quickly and unsurprisingly begins to feel stifling.

The foil to beige-as-far-as-the-eye-can-see is funk—fermented, acidic, savory, nose-wrinkling funk. It's umami and then some, often very colorful (helloooo, beet kvass!), and accessible (in jars or by your own hands) even in the coldest months. It'll quickly turn a blank landscape of rice or hardy greens into something a lot more exciting. And if that's not reason enough to get a little funky, here are 11 more:

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Trent Pierce's Miso-Creamed Kale
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Overnight Miso Porridge
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Beet Kvass
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Warm Kimchi Bowl with Spicy Broccoli and Sesame-Scallion Wild Rice
Warm Kimchi Bowl with Spicy Broccoli and Sesame-Scallion Wild Rice
Homemade Milk Kefir
Homemade Milk Kefir
Smoked Tea Black Bean Noodles with Pork
Smoked Tea Black Bean Noodles with Pork
Vegetarian Ma Po Tofu
Vegetarian Ma Po Tofu
Black Garlic White Bean Hummus
Black Garlic White Bean Hummus
Vegan Fish Sauce
Vegan Fish Sauce
Fermented Oatmeal with Hazelnuts, Figs, Honey, Black Pepper, and Buttermilk
Fermented Oatmeal with Hazelnuts, Figs, Honey, Black Pepper, and Buttermilk
My Adventures in Brewing Kombucha (& How You Can Do It, Too)
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Tags: funky, funkiness, fermentation