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Doughnuts are a Food-of-the-Year for 2014

By Chef Judi Gallagher - Last year I predicated the demise of the cupcake trend and the fizzle of the whoppie pie. Their moment in the culinary spotlight has come and gone. At the time I spoke about the renaissance of doughnuts. Not just any doughnuts — these were going to be both sweet and, yes, savory. In fact I even predicted the Food Network Show, Cupcake Wars would be switching over to doughnut wars and indeed, these...

The Time Has Come – For Rum!

By Marsha Fottler - In the spirits world, infused vodka has been the big trend for the past few years. Recently, gin has made something of a comeback, but the big news right now is rum. Rum for drinking, sipping, evaluating and cooking is the trend of the moment. This trend is being linked to culinary travel with rum festivals and rum-theme cruises. And there are resorts in Jamaica, Martinique and Barbados that offer a full...

Pricey Paleo

By Chef Judi Gallagher - Many of you know that about two months ago I embraced the Paleo diet as a healthy lifestyle option and as a way of losing a few pounds. A useful explanation of going Paleo is in our September issue of F&M, if you want a little background. What I’ve learned in the last two months is something that most of us discover when we change our way of eating, shopping and preparing food. It’s expensive....

Lunch Everyday, Paleo Style

By Marsha Fottler - A new cookbook called Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On The Go by Diane Rodgers, a nutritional therapist and cooking teacher, assumes that you’re committed to the gluten-free-Paleo-lifestyle that eliminates grains and sugars from one’s eating routine and restricts meats and seafood to grassfed and line-caught. Eggs should come from ducks and chickens that have been “pastured,” which means not penned. They...

Nutella Nation

By Marsha Fottler - In the past Americans who went to Europe for long periods of time grew so desperate for peanut butter that they tried the local bread spread called Nutella. The hazelnut-chocolate spread grew on them and soon Americans craved Nutella when they came home. The food industry responded (slowly) and now Americans can find Nutella on supermarket shelves right next the peanut butter. In fact, Nutella has become...

April Holidays – Happy Raisin Day

By Anna Dantoni - In the food world there is a month, week and a day that celebrates every food you can think of and April is no different. Besides Passover, Easter, Earth Day and Arbor Day, there are many more daily excuses to cook and enjoy specific foods on “their” special day. You probably never heard of most of them, except for serious religious holidays. Specific foods have become associated with these days as part of...
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