TRENDS: How America Likes To Grill

Tip: Skewer kabobs with sprigs of rosemary for instead of conventional skewers. Photo courtesy Sur La Table.   To capture consumer trends around grilling and barbecuing, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA) conducts the biannual HPBA Barbecue Lifestyle, Usage & Attitude Study. Here are highlights from the 2014 State of the Barbecue Industry Report,…
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TRENDS: Chicken Up, Seafood, Pork & Beef Down

Chart courtesy The Wall Street Journal.     While Americans are aware of the need to improve their diets, there’s been a decline in consumption of one of the healthiest food choices: fish. According to the Wall Street Journal, in 2012, the last year for which figures are available, the average U.S. consumer ate: 82…
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RECIPE: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

Salted caramel hot chocolate. Photo courtesy Starbucks.   What’s trending in hot chocolate? Salted chocolate caramel hot chocolate or cocoa (here’s the difference between hot chocolate and cocoa). We’ve seen prepared drinks and/or mixes from Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks and Williams-Sonoma. But you can try your hand making it from scratch at home: RECIPE: SALTED CARAMEL…
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TIP OF THE DAY: Why Your Favorite Food Products Are Discontinued

This week we received an email from a reader asking what happened to Bibi Caffe, a line of elegant, imported Italian sodas we reviewed in 2007. She wanted to know why the line was no longer sold in the USA, and asked if there was “any way to get it at all?” If “at all”…
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