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Top Ten Food Trends That Will Flavor the Foodscape in 2015

Sterling-Rice Group (SRG) has identified its top ten culinary trends that will stand out on restaurant menus, expand onto grocery shelves, and attract consumer attention across the U.S. in 2015.

Next year, consumers’ food preferences will be driven by a continued interest in global cuisines, balanced nutrition, community connections, and a desire for adventurous eating experiences. Look for these culinary trends to expand and grow next year as they move from the cutting edge into our popular foodscape:

  1. Advanced Asian: From Filipino food to a new generation of Thai, not one but a host of more complex and true-to-region Asian foods will dominate in 2015.
  2. Matcha Madness: The never-ending quest for wellness and energy will lead many to Japanese matcha, a nutrient powerhouse green tea now hitting the market in convenient formats like lattes, sodas, and ready-to-drink cans.
  3. Cannabis Cuisine: Edible marijuana moves far beyond cliched pot brownies. In states where it’s legal, look for new, sophisticated options from gluten-free baked goods and confections to bottled cold-brewed coffee and flavored syrups.
  4. Hop-Free Suds: Channeling their medieval predecessors, craft brewers are making unhopped beers with herbs, spices, and bitter plants yielding unique and intriguing flavors instead of hoppy bitterness.
  5. Incendiary Charcoal: Look for more excitement around Asian styles of super-hot burning charcoal as well as charcoal coloring and enhancing breads, crackers, and even cosmetics.
  6. The Local Grain Network: Products made from freshly milled flour are making their way to consumers thanks to the growing network of farmers, bakers, and chefs committed to local grain production.
  7. Coconut Sugar Sweetness: Boasting a lower glycemic index than white sugar makes coconut sugar popular among consumers—from natural food fans to sweets-loving Paleos to Southeast Asian food lovers—looking for better-for-you foods.
  8. Farm to Table Kosher: With keeping kosher on the rise, kosher food businesses address consumer demand to eat in more sustainable, conscious, and cultural ways.
  9. The Hunger Games—Restaurant Edition: Dining concept incubators create lively experiences where curious diners test experimental eateries and vote with their forks in revolving pop-up settings or hip dining parks.
  10. The Ugly Fruit & Vegetable Movement: Misshapen and funny-looking produce will no longer get picked over as food resourcefulness and efforts to combat hunger come into sharper focus.

The 2015 Cutting-Edge Culinary Trends were compiled by SRG’s Culinary Team led by Culinary Director Kara Nielsen and feature examples of trailblazing food and drink and the brands leading the way for each trend. An extension of Culinary Shifts™, SRG’s proprietary research based on key societal shifts affecting consumer behavior around food, the predictions provide insight for food industry companies to better develop, position, market, and sell food products.

For a complete look at SRG’s 2015 Cutting-Edge Culinary Trends, visit SRG.com.

Doxy’s Pasta Sauce Herbs Turned Canned Tomatoes into Sauce

For an effortless way to add zest to food, Doxy’s Fine Foods , a brand of artisanal seasoning blends, announces the launch of its newest product: Doxy’s™ Pasta Sauce Herbs. The Pasta Sauce Herbs mix, made of sweet garlic and natural spices, is the perfect addition to Italian-style home meals, without added preservatives or excessive sodium.

“Knowing Americans have limited time in the kitchen, I developed our blends to make meal preparation easy, delicious and fun,” says Nina Faull, Founder and CEO of Doxy’s Fine Foods. “Doxy’s Pasta Sauce Herbs is so versatile, and provides a feeling of la bella vita to weekday, home-cooked meals.”

All of Doxy’s seasonings boast gluten-free, fat-free, and no-added MSG natural goodness to meet another demand among Americans: health. With Doxy’s Pasta Sauce Herbs mix, Americans can add flavor to their meals without sacrificing health. Available on Doxy’s website for just $3.50, a package of Pasta Sauce Herbs takes quick home-cooking to the next level. Enhance simple canned tomatoes with a packet of all-natural Doxy’s Herbs to create an impactful, healthy dish. Mixed with extra virgin and olive oil for an herb vinaigrette, or dusted atop buttered baguettes, Doxy’s Pasta Sauce Herbs offer a new twist to a typical standby meal.

Fresh Preserving Still in Season Even as Autumn Arrives

Home canning is one of the year’s hottest food trends and there’s still plenty of time to get started with seasonal fall produce like apples, pears, beets and green beans. The home canning experts at Jarden Home Brands, makers of Ball® and Kerr® canning products, are here to help home cooks capture the best, seasonal produce by debunking five common canning myths and making the home canning process easier than ever. From pickles to jams, Jarden Home Brands offers a variety of resources to help you every step of the way, from those new to canning who are preserving their first pint, to experienced home preservers putting up dozens of jars each season.

“As the leaders in fresh preserving, consumers are always coming to us with questions on the home canning process on our vibrant social media communities and our website, www.FreshPreserving.com,” said Chris Carlisle, Vice President of Marketing at Jarden Home Brands. “I always tell people that if you can boil water, you can can — it is that easy. And we have so many resources to help you get started from our website, to our Facebook and Pinterest pages, to the ‘Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving.’

To kick-start late season canning projects, Jarden is demystifying some of the top home canning myths, making it easier than ever to get started. Read tips from the experts at Jarden Home Brands at KitchenwareNews.com.

Copper River Coho Salmon Harvest Bigger and Better this Year

Copper River coho will be featured at two culinary events in September—Alaska Public Media’s Second Annual Sustainable Chef on September 28 in Anchorage and the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America event on September 26 in Seattle. Both events highlight regional foods, chefs and sustainability. The venues will be a unique opportunity to taste and sample this year’s robust and healthy commercial coho harvest.

Coho are the last of the salmon species to arrive in the Copper River Delta each year. Averaging about eight pounds, they are seen as the harbingers of fall. This year has seen a particularly strong and healthy run. Jeremy Botz, the Gillnet Area Management Biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, says the average weight of Copper River coho salmon this year is 8.8 pounds per fish, while last year the average weight was 8.1 pounds per fish. In addition to being larger in size, Botz also reports that overall it looks like this year’s commercial harvest in the Copper River District will be quite a bit larger than last year’s run. The total harvest reported as of September 12 was around 275,000 coho salmon compared to a total seasonal harvest of 229,000 coho last year. Botz also said that reports from the fishing grounds and the processors indicate that there are many large fish in the harvest and that quality has stayed high throughout the fishery.

While Copper River king and sockeye land on dinner plates and fish counters with an exciting splash each spring and summer, it’s worth noting the fresh Copper River coho being served at the two upcoming events will offer guests the opportunity to taste this year’s premium coho. The preparations will be decidedly autumnal in nature. Chef Rob Kinneen, who started Fresh49 will be creating a warm and soothing coho salmon pho with a vegetable tangle at the Sustainable Chef event in Anchorage. In Seattle, restaurateur Tom Douglas will be serving it smoked.

Douglas is a longtime fan of Copper River salmon and said, “We feature Copper River coho every year at our restaurants, and this year is awesome because the fish are bigger and fatter. For the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America event, we will be serving it with a creamy corn chowder. In preparation, we are cold-smoking the Copper River coho over hop blossoms at our farm in the Yakima Valley, and then we will serve it nestled on top of a creamy corn chowder. We are big fans of Copper River, and we celebrate it all year at our restaurants. It’s a great quality salmon and we sell a lot of it.”

New Brand of Gluten-Free Baking Mixes from Dover Foods

Dover Foods, Inc., a manufacturer of quality specialty desserts mixes for 20 years, is is now launching a new brand of premium gluten-free baking mixes. The new Ardenne Farm prepackaged line of bakery mixes will be showcased this fall at the Natural Products Expo East (NPEE) in Baltimore, Maryland.

Ardenne Farm carries on the tradition of delicious, high-quality baking products on which Dover Foods, Inc. has built its reputation. Each of the nine gluten free baking mixes features gourmet quality, non-GMO ingredients and a secret blend of finely milled gluten free flours for an innovative taste. They are manufactured with the strictest of quality assurance practices for those with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease and with standards twice as stringent as those set by the Food and Drug Administration.

Ardenne Farm Gluten Free Mixes copyEveryday classic flavors include Yellow Cake, Chocolate Cake, Fudge Brownie, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate, Oatmeal and Sugar Cookie mixes. Also offered are Blueberry and Cinnamon Crunch Muffin mixes. Suggested retail prices range from $6.39 to $6.79.

Read more at Naturally Healthy. Click here to read about more gluten-free products.

Passage Foods Releases Study: Cooking Sauce Sales Simmer

Passage Foods has released its latest edition of “Passage Briefs.” This edition presents a report entitled “Cooking Sauce Sales Simmer.” Within the brief, the U.S. cooking sauce market is explored through a detailed analysis of the industry and its consumers in five sections.

- Current cooking sauce market: The cooking sauce market has seen 25 percent growth in sales in the past decade, which is expected to continue due to factors such as at-home cooking, health, and less grocery spending.

- Ethnic flavor trends: Consumers have shown an increased interest in ethnic cooking sauces and food options. This category has quickly expanded to a high percentage of market share.

- Product claim trends: Consumer are looking towards alternative options for their at-home meals alongside the health food trend that has steadily been growing in the U.S.

- Millennials and cooking sauces: The Millennial Generation is expected to impact the economy of the U.S. as they continue to enter the work force. Their interests are driving the cooking sauce market expansion.

- Future of the cooking sauce market: A look into the current cooking sauce market provides insight into the development of the industry in the years to come.

The report is now available for free by contacting info@passageusa.com or calling toll-free at 800.860.1045 ext. 204.

Click here for news about Passage Foods’ latest product introductions.

Baked Beans with Pendleton Barbecue Sauce

I used Pendleton© Brown Sugar+Molasses Barbecue Sauce the other night to make a batch of baked beans that turned out fabulous! I started with a couple of cups of cooked Anasazi beans. I put that in a pot with about half an onion that I chopped finely and browned in the fat I rendered out of a couple of strips of bacon. I drained the grease and added the browned onion and chopped bacon bits to the beans, then added enough of the barbecue sauce to moisten it well — probably about 3/4 cup. Then I just let it simmer for about 45 minutes while I baked some chicken and dressed some cole slaw. And the best thing is that I managed to stop eating while I still had some leftover beans and cole slaw for today’s lunch!

The Anasazi beans are a Southwest heritage variety that I bought at my local farmers market. They’re a gorgeous bean with cranberry and cream speckles, and they have a creamy texture when cooked. The Brown Sugar + Molasses sauce is one of a pair of new flavors from Pendleton, which also makes new Hot+Spicy flavor and Original and Mesquite flavors. The sauces are made by Oregon Growers & Shippers in partnership with Hood River Distillers. The Brown Sugar + Molasses Sauce was created for consumers looking for a sweeter flavor profile and is made from premium quality molasses and dark brown sugar for a caramel flavor accented with hints of citrus from coriander and some mild heat from black and chipotle peppers and a backdrop of hickory smoke that add some spicy tang to that sweetness for a result that didn’t taste anything like candied beans.

 

– Lorrie Baumann

 

Idaho Potato People Offer Perfect Potato Salad Recipes

During peak picnic season, make sure your spread is complete with the perfect potato salad. With more than 100 potato salads in its rich recipe database, as well as tips from the experts and how-to videos, the Idaho Potato Commission’s (IPC) website is your top resource for this popular summer side dish.

“Through analytics we know that close to 70 percent of the visitors to our website during the summer months are looking for recipes or tips to help them make the perfect potato salad,” explained Frank Muir, President/CEO of the IPC. “Our new recipe database, Ask Dr. Potato question and answer forum, and abundant how-to videos on our YouTube channel demonstrate how and why Idaho® potatoes are the ideal potato for summer salads.”

Recipes
Hot, cold, traditional, or with a twist, there are so many different mouth-watering Idaho potato salad recipes that you can serve a new one to your family every day during the summer months. It’s hard to resist the traditional potato salad with mayonnaise and hardboiled eggs, but if you’re looking for a light and nutrient-dense option, try the Asparagus and Idaho Potato Quinoa Salad with Orange Parsley Dressing. Loaded with flavor, textures, and important vitamins and minerals, this dish can stand alone as a vegetarian meal or accompany your family’s favorite protein. Did we mention it’s gluten-free, too?

Dr. Potato
There isn’t a potato-related question that Dr. Potato can’t answer. The number one trending question this season is, “How long does potato salad last in the refrigerator?” Here is Dr. Potato’s response: “Did the salad get made up and then refrigerated right away, and you just have some left over? If this is the case then it should easily last three to four days. Was the salad used at a picnic and then placed back in the refrigerator? Then probably no more than the next day, if that. I usually don’t recommend saving the salad after it has sat out in the heat at all.”
To read more on this topic and other popular potato-related questions, please visit http://foodserviceblog.idahopotato.com.

YouTube How-to Videos
If you have always wondered how to make your potato salad look as good as the pros, try visiting the IPC’s library of videos.  Popular food blogger Average Betty shows how she makes her “pota-totally” awesome salad, Roasted Red Potato Salad with Arugula, Blue Cheese, Cranberries, Candied Pecans and Balsamic Dressing.  This salad is so flavorful and easy-to-make there’s a good chance you’ll want to serve it at your next meal!

To go directly to the IPC’s potato salad recipe collection, visit: http://recipes.idahopotato.com/allthingspotatosalads

Morningside Farmer’s Market to Host Harald Wusthof Demonstration

Mary S. Moore, Owner and CEO of The Cook’s Warehouse, will be the guest chef this Saturday morning, August 2, at the Morningside Farmer’s Market, the only all-organic farmers market in Atlanta, Georgia.

Her special sous chef will be Harald Wüsthof, scion of the German knife-making family and managing partner of the worldwide firm. This year is Wüsthof’s 200th anniversary. Chef Moore will be cooking with okra from Crystal Organic Farm. Her recipes will be available at the demonstration, which begins at 9 a.m.

An extra-special front-row guest is Lee Wiggins, who has attended the farmers market’s cooking demonstrations for many years. She will be celebrating her 95th birthday this weekend. Wüsthof will present Lee with a special autographed knife set commemorating the company’s 200th anniversary.

 

Gourmet du Village Launches New Recipe Book

 

Gourmet du Village cookbook“Comfort Food” is a conveniently sized 48 page recipe book full of easy-to-prepare recipes. Each recipe offers two convenient ways to prepare; firstly the traditional way from scratch using store bought ingredients; the second, easier method, uses Gourmet du Village seasonings and mixes to simplify the whole process.

“We make the basics in your pantry or fridge taste great,” says Mike Tott, President. “This is the principle we have followed in creating this recipe book. Each of the recipes is for single serve or for a couple; great for couples or students. Recipes included are for breakfast, appetizers, main dishes and desserts. Many use Gourmet du Village Bakers.”

This new product along with the entire new collection of Gourmet du Village gifts can be seen at their showrooms in Dallas, Atlanta, and Philadelphia.