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2017 Herb of the Year & Name Brand Sweet Treats

2017 Herb of the Year Named 2017 Herb of the Year by the International Herb Association, coriander seeds or cilantro leaves boost the flavor of many foods. Cilantro is the bright green leaves and stems of the coriander plant found in many ethnic dishes, giving them a lemony and fresh taste. • Top a chili, stew, or soup with sour ...

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Trends: Flock to This Trend + Shoulder Season

Fried Chicken

Flock to This Trend If you don’t already have a fried chicken sandwich on your menu, now is the perfect time to jump aboard the bandwagon. Celebrity chefs including David Chang are creating their own fried chicken concepts and customers are lining up for these craveable sandwiches. • Try some Southern comfort with toppings such as peach slaw or ketchup. ...

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Trends: Say Aloha to Hawaiian Flavors + A Jolt of Java

Coffee Beans

Say Aloha to Hawaiian Flavors Home to many Filipino, Japanese, and Southeast Asian immigrants, Hawaii produces fusion food that combines elements of many unique culinary traditions. • Yellowtail, Wahoo, and Opakapaka are on-trend, Hawaiian fish popular for their lean protein content and delicate flavors. Serve them in dishes like fish tacos, soups, or poke. Add a ginger and panko crust ...

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Trends: Go Bold or Go Home + Tap Into This

Spices

Go Bold or Go Home With more diners using food as a way to explore new cultures, ethnic flavors continue to influence many dishes. For some home cooks, such cuisines can be challenging to tackle at home so consumers are seeking out restaurants that offer globally inspired dishes with flair. • North African flavors are stepping into the spotlight. Incorporate ...

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Seasonal Produce Highlights: Apples

Apples

Apples bring a welcome freshness to the colder-weather months when menus are packed with heavier fare, bringing freshness, brightness, and texture (when raw) to fall and winter seasonal dishes. There are 2,500 varieties of apples in the U.S., and New York is only second to Washington state in terms of apple production. The Empire State grows and markets more commercial ...

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Back To Basics: Brines, Rubs, and Marinades

marinades brines rubs

What’s the difference between brines, rubs, and marinades? All impart flavor to protein but in distinct ways. Here’s a refresher on each method. Brines Heat causes proteins to denature, resulting in shrinkage and moisture loss. A brine can help mitigate these losses by enhancing juiciness. A salty marinade in which proteins are submerged, brines create more flavorful and juicier meat. ...

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Three Seasonal Produce Options for a Unique Flavor

seasonal produce

FINGER LIMES Peak Season: Aug-Dec Also known as the caviar of citrus, finger limes have aromatic smooth, but pebbled, skin. They hold tiny round vesicles that pop in your mouth with a tart zing and bold citrus flavor with herbaceous undertones. Their effect is much like caviar! They are the fruit of a wild Australian plant that has been used ...

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Villa Frizzoni Veal & Lamb

Veal lamb

Cowboy cooking represents tradition in every sense of the word – it is a true honest form of cooking. Originally used to reenergize cowboys after a hard day of work, searing meat over an open flame is a great way to make a bold statement on your menu. The fire, aroma, and ambiance all add to the overall experience. The ...

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House-made Desserts: The Sweet Spot

Dessert Cake

The term house-made is peppered throughout menus across the country, and the handcrafted, artisanal dishes should continue after the main entrée. Guests love ending the meal on a sweet note; according to Technomic’s 2015 Consumer Trend Report Spotlight on Desserts, 63 percent eat dessert at least once a week. Dessert should be approached as an extension of the meal that ...

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Nutrient-Dense Snacks

Snacks

The days of stale peanuts and pretzels are long gone…today’s bar snacks and appetizers are just as important as any other daypart. Healthy ingredients are also key to the balance of dining (and drinking) out on the town. • Hand-held summer rolls combine crunchy vegetables like carrots and cucumbers with soft noodles, tofu, and mango; add spice with a fiery ...

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