Herbs serve as more than just a garnish in Iranian cuisine, and dishes such as herbed rice and herb-stuffed fish are prevalent during Nowruz, the Persian New Year celebration that begins on the first day of spring. Herbs including mint, dill, parsley, tarragon and cilantro are finely chopped and incorporated into dishes both cold and cooked.
California startup Memphis Meats shared samples this week of chicken strips developed from cultured cells in a laboratory. Major food companies including Tyson and Hormel have shown interest in startups that are creating a variety of lab-grown meats, using processes that demand fewer resources than traditional meat production.
The easiest way to break down a head of cauliflower is to cut it in quarters, remove the core and then break the florets apart by hand. Once cauliflower is cut, it should be used as soon as possible, although florets can be stored in an airtight container for up to three days.
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Cheese is nutritious and tastes great but is high in saturated fats and calories, so registered dietitian nutritionist Sara Haas says it is important to focus on flavor and keep portions small. For maximum flavor and protein with fewer calories, Haas recommends feta, goat cheese, mozzarella and sharp cheddar.
Global street food is a growing culinary category in the US, and restaurants are increasingly working everything from Mexican street corn to chicken yakitori into their menus, writes Datassential's Renee Lee. Use of the word "street" on menus is up 40% from four years ago, and 60% of consumers say they would dine on food from a street food operator, according to Datassential MenuTrends.
Beer may be the obvious pairing for Irish dishes, but restaurants can also offer wine to pair with Irish fare this St. Patrick's Day, such as a dry riesling to counter the richness of fish and chips, Ron Smith writes. A syrah, either from California or Australia, works well with shepherd's pie, he writes.
Restaurants are increasingly using digital tools to boost sales, streamline operations and build brand loyalty among millennials. The Waitlist Me app has encouraged patrons of Sophia's Thai Kitchen in California to put their names on the wait list and made it easier for staff to manage table turnover, said owner Kevin Wan.
Rhubarb is gaining a higher profile on restaurant menus as demand for sour flavors grows. Eateries are using the vegetable in chutney, ice cream, pastries and even cocktails such as strawberry-rhubarb mojitos.
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