Archive | December 8th, 2010

New Foodie Trends for 2011? More Pie!

New Foodie Trends for 2011? More Pie!

A great read this week comes from Sylvia Rector of the Detroit Free Press and her research on foodie trends for 2001.

As the new year comes in, expect comfort food and spectacular burgers to relinquish some of the grip they’ve held over the past decade — though no one would expect them over go away. Also, the cupcake craze is apparently giving way to pies. (And, are we ever ready for this!)

Pinching pennies? Some of us who are unemployed or underemployed have been doing that for some time now. And, those who can afford it, are experiencing “frugality fatigue” and opening up their pocketbooks for more expensive ingredients and higher-priced restaurant meals.

What’s in the wind for restaurants? Rector says that food trucks, niche restaurants, serving a very specialized menu, or even a one-food-item menu, are making a strong showing. Who will be owning these restaurant? Maybe people like you and me. That is, those who have fantasized for years about opening a ‘little restaurant” might finally decide to do it.

Link to the Free Press article by Sylvia Rector here.

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Get the Holiday Party Started with Glühwein Wintersaison

Get the Holiday Party Started with Glühwein Wintersaison

Glühwein Wintersaison

Fact: The temperatures have dropped a little and the holiday parties have picked up. What better time for a hearty cup of warm German Glühwein. This mulled wine has a growing number of fans who appreciate its warming spirit and the easy way to serve it.

Simply pour the liter bottle into a Crock Pot, heat on low and you’ve got an instant punch. (If you heat it on high, you could cook out the alcohol while turning some of the spices bitter.) Dress it up with a few slices of orange or lemon, if you’d like; but they’re really not necessary.

Or, if the weather’s warm, which can happen in South Texas at any time of year, just pour over ice.

Feeling: Aromas of orange peel and sweet spices fill the air around each warm, bracing cup. Each sip brings hints of vanilla, cinnamon, clove and lemon peel to the party, along with a pleasant sweetness.

So, put on some Nat King Cole or some Bing. We may not have a white Christmas, but we can enjoy a mug of German Weihnachtsfest without a bother.

You’ll find Glühwein Wintersaison at World Market for about $7.99 a bottle.

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Frances Strange to Autograph Cookbook

Frances Strange to Autograph Cookbook

Frances Strange

Looking for a Christmas gift that has the flavor of Texas in it? Consider “Don Strange of Texas: His Life and Recipes” (Shearer Publishing, $34.95), the new cookbook by Frances Strange and Terry Thompson-Anderson.

Strange will be autographing her work at a series of signings, starting this afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m. at the St. Anthony Hotel, 300 Travis St. Call 210-227-4392.

Other signings include:

  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, You’ve Got Gifts, 8055 West Ave., Suite 106.  Call 210-479-4100.
  • 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, Building 27. Call 210-558-2078.
  • 1-3 p.m. Dec. 18, Sunset Ridge Home & Hardware, 6438 N. New Braunfels Ave. Call 210-930-1717.

Though the book has been on the market only for a couple of weeks, there is talk of a second edition.

To sample a couple of the recipes from the book, click on any of the following:

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