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Posts for January 19th 2011
We're always on the lookout for upcoming trends, and there's no better place to spot them than at the Fancy Foods show, where thousands of exhibitors display the latest and greatest edibles they've developed for the mass market. There was some trends you could probably guess were huge — everything was gluten-free! — but here are a few that you probably didn't.
In between the Guy Fieri salsa and the bacon salt stands at the Fancy Foods Show, Team Yum stumbled upon something we had never seen before: Mario Batali wine. Unlike the orange-clogged chef's pasta sauces, the wine bottles do not have Batali's face plastered across the front of them. Instead, the new bottlings are elegantly labeled and expected to hit the West Coast market at Cost Plus stores soon.
We tasted two of the three varietals, the Prosecco and Chianti (the Pinot Grigio wasn't chilled), and were pleasantly surprised by the drinkability of both. The Prosecco was a classic sparkler true to the Veneto region of Italy with a delightful dryness, crisp body, and simply delicious flavor. The Chianti was earthy, smooth, and full-bodied. Both will retail at under $20, making them an affordable option for your everyday wine selection.
So tell me: the next time you follow one of Batali's recipes, would you be interested in pairing it with one of his wines?
Tonight at the White House, chefs Cristeta Comerford and Bill Yosses are cooking up a special state dinner. Although the official menu has yet to be released, it is said that the Chinese delegation and the Obamas will dine on food that is "quintessentially American." But what exactly does that mean?
When I lived in Spain and people asked me to make "American food," I always served fried chicken and macaroni and cheese, so I guess that's what I consider to be the United States' signature dish. However, it's hard to pick just one dish, as pizza, burgers, and Caesar salads also come to mind. Which foods do you think are all-American? Please share with us below!
Source: Flickr User stu_spivack
The Fancy Foods Show is a giant food industry trade show that happens twice a year. The Winter event takes place in San Francisco and thus, we've spent the past two days eating our way through the whole thing. While there are plenty of trends to discuss (stay tuned for those!), our favorite part of the show are the mind-blowing bites and intriguing sips that we found as we wound our way around the Moscone Center. Pepperoni pesto? Spicy Spanish guindillas? Goat's milk caramels? Keep reading for all our delicious discoveries!
The Starbucks Card Mobile App is designed for iPhones, the iPod Touch, and the BlackBerry and should work at 7,500 locations in the US, including the stores inside Target. The app allows users to view and reload their Starbucks card balance, find participating locations, and check on card rewards. This morning, I tested it out. To see my thoughts, keep reading.
Ice wine, as we in the US call it, is a delicious dessert wine I discovered in my wine tasting travels to British Columbia, Canada. If you, too, happen to be visiting our northern neighbor (or live there!), there are festivals dedicated to the special vino taking place right now, like the Niagara Icewine Festival or the Okanagan's Winter Icewine Festival. So in honor of this crisp, sweet wine, I've put together a quiz to test your smarts on the grape-derived drink. Let's see what you've got!
Source: Flickr User Craig HatfieldTake the Quiz
There are many ways that I've been trying to eat healthier. I'm consuming less meat and more beans, while incorporating heart-friendly greens into every meal. Normally I'll toss greens with a quick vinaigrette and serve them alongside an entrée like a fried egg sandwich or bowl of soup, but one recent morning, I decided to make my own variation of green eggs no ham.
Thanks to the addition of flavored goat cheese, the slow-cooked eggs came out creamy and delicious. Although I used arugula, a somewhat bitter green, it works nicely with the eggs and cheese. This recipe is easily adaptable: use what ever greens you want (kale, escarole, broccolini, etc.) and any type of melty cheese (ricotta, cream cheese, etc.). Get the uncomplicated technique here.
Before you answer this question, consider where you're from, because your choice may be predetermined based on where you live. At the Fancy Foods Show, we learned from the cheese reps that, while the Coasts prefer white cheddar, Midwesterners heavily skew in favor of yellow cheddar. "We'll show them a white variety, and they'll say, 'No, where's the cheddar?'" a Wisconsin dairy expert told us. Readers, tell us: is this correct?