The plant-forward movement is driving chefs to create standout meat dishes that maximize the value and appeal of meat, poultry and wild game. Chicago's Longman & Eagle serves a wild boar sloppy Joe, and Denver's Punch Bowl Social includes duck confit huevos on its menu.
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Dry brining helps make meat juicier and more flavorful without diluting flavor the way brining in salt solutions can, writes Sasha Marx. The method is simpler than a wet brine and helps achieve better browning and crispier skin.
Beef noodle soup is a popular dish in Taiwan that takes its influence from both Taiwan and mainland China, often making use of tomatoes and locally produced bean paste, according to chef Eric Sze of New York City's 886. To create the aromatic broth, ginger, garlic and dried chiles are fried together until fragrant and stirred into a mixture of rice wine, soy sauce, sugar and black vinegar.
Srijith Gopinathan, executive chef of the Michelin-starred Campton Place Restaurant in San Francisco, will soon be splitting his time with an upcoming Indian restaurant in Palo Alto, Calif., called Ettan. The Culinary Institute of America alum plans to use the Ettan menu to educate US diners about Indian cuisine and showcase lesser-known dishes.
From comfort food classics to new cuts, pork is a menu mainstay Barbecue and other classic comfort food dishes have made pork a customer favorite, and using new cuts and cooking methods can create dishes that appeal to an even wider range of diners. Read the Q&A with chef Nathanial Zimet to learn how he develops pork dishes that range from traditional to innovative at his two New Orleans restaurants.
Recognizing that the traditional language surrounding wine can put people off with its technicality, some vintners and sommeliers are changing the way they speak about wine. At Lil Deb's Oasis in Hudson, N.Y., wine director Wheeler, who goes by only one name, trains team members to take the institutional-type language from wine discussions and replace it with creative wine poems that are a "universal language that connect people to what they need."
Cauliflower pizza topped Grubhub's list of fastest-growing orders this year, and other vegetarian items including portobello empanadas and black bean and sweet potato tacos also made the top five. Cauliflower also won a top spot on Yelp's food trend forecast, which also cites the rising popularity of souffle pancakes, alcohol-free happy hours and Nashville hot chicken.
Restaurants aren't likely to run out of french fries any time soon, despite weather-related potato shortages in the US and Canada, Idaho Potato Commission President Frank Muir said. Major french fry producers McCain, Cavendish Farms and J.R. Simplot said this week that they're meeting demand and expect to continue doing so.