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The food trends that will shape 2011

A new year leads us all to wonder what will be on our tables in 2011. In 2010 we witnessed the trend in supporting local grow stronger, as well as the consistent appeal of the cupcake and comfort food. As 2010 comes to a close we have to wonder what trends will continue in 2011 and what ones are on their last breath. Food Channel.com and All Recipes.com have done their research to predict the food trends that will shape 2011. While some you may expect there are a few that caught me by surprise.

There is an App for that- Both websites predicted that food has gone digital. We are not only relying on applications on our iPods and iPads to find recipes, they are teaching us how to cook, shop and even keep track of calories. No longer will be the days of secret family recipes being passed down on the worn-out, cursive, hand- written recipe cards.

Men are donning the aprons- With the poor economy; more men are leaving the offices behind and heading to the kitchen. A man in an apron is never a bad thing.

We don’t want to know calories- For year’s people have demanded to know the calories in their food, but now that restaurants are providing it on their menus; we don’t want the big bold numbers in front of our face. More people are beginning to rely on ignorance is bliss and with our obesity problem this could become a problematic trend.

Discomfort foods- Last year fusion cuisine was a growing trend, which is the combination of different cultures in one dish. As we adapt to foods from various regions and new chef creations, our minds have opened to new foods. Comfort food will never disappear, but in 2011 we are open to foods of discomfort.

Pies are the new cake- That’s right the traditional apple and cherry pie is making a comeback. Pies, savory and sweet, are growing in popularity.

The new bar is….. Home- It’s no surprise a gloomy economy, leads to higher alcohol sales. However, people are leaving the neighborhood bars to make cocktails of their own at home. Tequila was one of the most popular alcohol choices for at- home cocktails in 2010.

No more fad diets- We are all sick of hearing low- carb this, and low-fat that. We are beginning to realize the key to eating is a healthy balance of everything. Amen to this trend.

Chefs in Schools- Jamie Oliver awakened us to the crisis of food in schools and we are taking notice. Schools across the country are beginning to realize nutritious and flavorful food is possible in school settings.

Happy New Year!!!! May it bring wonderful food filled occasions with family and friends!!!

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