Epicurious and New York Time’s Top 10 Food Trends for 2010

Leave it to the fabulous, Epicurious to predict a fabulous array of foodie trends for 2010 as we head straight into the upcoming 2011 year…

A fabulous resource for everything food, Epicurious lists a few tid bits worth noting:

  • Food Halls
  • Korean Cuisine
  • Macaroons
  • Meatless Mondays and Tofu Tuesdays
  • Foraging
  • Tiki Bar Cafes
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Urban Wineries
  • Pimenton de La Vera

What are your thoughts on the Epicurious food trends for 2010?

Do you have your own food trend list for this year?

And let’s not forget about the New York Times article about the Top 10 Food Trends

As the 2010 year comes to an end, it’s all about the lists n’ trends…

So, take a peak at these top foodie trends ranked by The New York Time’s Josh Ozersky:

  • The New Naturalism
  • Locavores Gone Wild!
  • Lardcore
  • Fast-Food Dada
  • Pop-Up Restaurants
  • The Culinary Hive Mind
  • Dude Food
  • Third-Wave Coffee
  • It’s in the Bag
  • Black Market
  • White Milk

What trends stand out to you, and what will you be keeping an eye on in the coming year?

And, let’s surely not forget to mention the Top 10 Food Stories of 2010

Well, we’ve seen it all this year.

From Salmonella to revamping school lunches.

It’s been quite a year.

As part of The Atlantic’s end of the year close, they’ve compiled The 10 Biggest Food Stories of 2010

Interesting.

Yes.

Alarming.

Very much so.

Intriguing.

I think so.

And you?  Your thoughts?

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How To Create Homemade Breadcrumbs…

There is nothing like homemade bread crumbs to improve the taste of your dish, Fresh homemade bread crumbs are so easy to make, too! This also saves money since commercial bread crumbs are expensive.


Since I like to make homemade bread, I always seem to have end pieces around that I target and save for making homemade bread crumbs.

  • Any type of bread can be used…gluten free, rice, sourdough, whole wheat, etc. You can even combine various types of bread, which will give your dishes a fabulous taste.
  • I usually wait until I have enough bread slices to fill my food processor before making the crumbs. Just store your odds and ends of bread in a large resealable plastic bag in the freezer until ready to make your homemade bread crumbs.
  • If your bread is not dry enough to crumble in the food processor, place bread slices on an  baking sheet. Spread each piece throughout the baking sheet without overlapping; allow a bit of room between pieces to dry properly. Bake in a 300 degree F. oven for approximately 10 to 15 minutes; about halfway through, turn them over so they dry evenly. Remove from oven and let cool.
  • Tear dried bread into smaller pieces and place in your food processor; process until desired consistency, forming a coarse texture.
  • If you don’t have a supply of homemade bread crumbs in your freezer, and you need a small amount for your recipe: Use 1 or 2 slices of bread and dry in the oven. Place dry bread slices in a Ziploc bag, and use a rolling pin to roll over the top of the plastic bag until desired texture.
  • Even Mark Bitten, who writes for Dining section of The New York Times, creates his very own bread crumbs and states, “No matter what bread you start with, they are going to be better than store-bought.” You can see Mark’s tip for creating his own bread crumbs in his recipe post on Broccoli Rabe.

Take a look at my new blog post for Enjoy Life Foods

here.

I’d love to hear your thoughts!  Enjoy Life Foods offers a vast array of delicious ‘allergy-free’ foods.

And, for my Weekly Wrap-Up….Here’s What’s In The News This Week

New Wellness Program at Save-A-Lot

Dole Expands Social Media for Salad Campaign

Gluten-Free and Coconut Products Among the Most Popular at The Fancy Food Show

And the best news of the day?

Happy Birthday to The Healthy Apple as tomorrow, January the 23rd marks my 1 year anniversary … the first day I began blogging….so…

Happy Birthday to The Healthy Apple!

Enjoy your weekend.

Gingerbread Cookies

How adorable are these cute little gingerbread men and women? I couldn’t resist…as with every year I have to make my special gingerbread people.  It’s a fun, festive ritual that I take part in and enjoy every second of the process from grading cutting shapes with my cookie cutters to decorating the clothes and features on the gingerbread people.  Here is a wonderfully delicious gingerbread recipe that will surely compliment your gingerbread house this season.

I was so excited to make these gingerbread guys and gals because I used two of my new Open Sky products, my Winco Aluminum Rolling Pin, which was fabulous and created an even and smooth surface for my cookie cutters and my Copper Bowl, which was perfect for mixing my ingredients to create the gingerbread dough.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole-wheat flour
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ginger
  • ½ tsp. cloves
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 Tbsp. wheat germ
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 stick butter, unsalted and softened
  • 1 tsp. honey or agave nectar
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 cup sugar or stevia
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup molasses
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat several baking sheets with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl combine whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, flax seeds, wheat germ and salt; mix well. Beat butter, honey, oil and sugar in another large bowl with an electric mixer until it forms a creamy texture.
  • Add egg, molasses and balsamic vinegar; beat until combined. Add the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Divide the dough into 4 equal portions, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, at least 3 hours or overnight.
  • On a floured surface, roll each portion separately to create a 1/4 inch thickness. Cut cookies using cookie festive cutters. Combine scraps and roll dough again to make additional cookies.
  • Place cookies on baking sheets.
  • Bake the cookies, about 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • Decorate with icing and personalize each gingerbread man and woman.

In The News…

95% Celiac Disease Sufferers Go Undiagnosed

Companies Fall Short in Advertising Health Foods To Children

2010 Predicted Food Trends

Coffee and Tea May Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk

Try a One Size Fits All Dinner for Vegetarians and Meat Eaters

Chef Creates Healthy Pizza