The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 29, 2012

Our mood in food

By Jill Wendholt Silva
The Kansas City Star

KANSAS CITY —

Top recipe searches:

1. Chicken

2. Crockpot

3. Halloween

4. Vegetarian

5. Salmon

6. Beef stew

7. Zucchini

8. Eggplant

9. Cake

10. Shrimp

Source: Yahoo

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MOST APPETIZING YET STOMACH-TURNING SEARCHES

1. Candy Corn Oreos

2. Pork doughnuts

3. Bacon ice cream

4. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos

5. Deep-fried strawberries

6. Beer milkshake

7. Fried Kool-Aid

8. Guinness cupcakes

9. Maple bacon beer

10. Grape jelly meatballs

Source: Yahoo

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WHAT’S HOT FOR CHEFS

1. Locally sourced meats and seafood

2. Locally grown produce

3. Healthful kids’ meals

4. Environmental sustainability as a culinary theme

5. Children’s nutrition as a culinary theme

6. New cuts of meat (Denver steak, pork flat-iron)

7. Hyper-local sourcing (ie. Restaurant gardens)

8. Gluten-free cuisine

9. Sustainable seafood

10. Whole-grain items in kids’ meals

Source: National Restaurant Association

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WHAT’S HOT FOR BARTENDERS

1. On-site barrel-aged drinks

2. Food-liquor/cocktail pairings

3. Culinary cocktails (savory, fresh ingredients)

4. Micro-distilled/artisan liquor

5. Locally produced spirits

6. Locally sourced fruit/berries/produce

7. Beer sommeliers/cicerones

8. Regional signature cocktails

9. Beer-based cocktails

10. Locally produced beer Source: National Restaurant Association

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BUZZWORDS FOR 2013

—More chicken (often upscaled), less beef

—Menu shuffling aimed at flexitarians

—Fermented everything

—Doughnuts get bizarre upscaling (foie gras jelly doughnuts, hamburgers between two griddle doughnuts, kimchee doughnuts)

—Zip-code honeys

—Craft bourbon, small-batch rye, local gins

—Asian flavorings: (togarashi, yuzukoshi, gochujang)

Source: Baum + Whiteman, an international food and restaurant consulting firm