Food trends to look for in 2010

I’ve got the Food Network on, and in the commercial they cut to a shot of a chef putting Sriracha sauce into a blender. Can’t miss it, it’s a very distinctive bottle.

Sriracha sauce

Sriracha is a sweet, garlic and chili pepper sauce, also known as “rooster sauce.” Invented by David Tran, a Vietnamese immigrant in California, who found a way to make an Asian version of the American tradition Heinz 57 ketchup brand. Its uses are so numerous, any food that could use a little heat added could use Sriracha. This may include things you’d never have thought to add spice to… ice cream? Sriracha sauce is certainly on its way to becoming inducted in the Condiment Hall of Fame. Get to know Sriracha: here

We’ve seen the Food Network’s attractive chefs and cleavage-baring cheffettes Cough!GiadaCough! But with the release of Julie & Julia, America realized cooking is really about substance over glam. Good food is better than pretty food. This, in combination with the recent recession, “flair” in food has gone to the wayside. So it’s “back to basics.” This favors amateur cooks like me. Yay!

Nothing better than old-school American comfort food. For instance, apple crisp, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and chicken soup. Look for new ways to change up this good ol’ stuff. (Maybe with some Sriracha? Hint!)

Another trend we can look forward to seeing is greater support for the local farmer’s stand and small-scale food markets like Trader Joe’s. If you have Trader Joe’s near you and haven’t gone. Go. Write that down. In the warmer months, Jersey tomatoes and corn are a slice of heaven. There’s a farmer’s stand down the road from campus! You bet I’m going to be headed there once it opens.

Trader Joe's

Remember when you were in school, waiting in line for lunch? Did you ever wonder where it came from? Were you unsure, and made you uneasy? In 2010, we ought to be aware of where our fresh food comes from and the methods used to produce it. I’m not talking about putting yourself in a cage, body paint and a cardboard sign in order to find out. Read you labels if you don’t know, ask the guy behind the deli counter.  By law, “All meats, fish, and fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables must be identified by their country of origin, whether by a sticker, a sign, a placard or a label.” You’ll often see produce labeled with the state that grew it, like– “Florida Oranges,” “Idaho Potatoes,” or “California Grown”. This is due to the state’s initiative to advertise it that way. Read more here.

Now, go forth. Do a cabinet audit.


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