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FOOD TRENDS: Deep-fried Ho Hos; gluten-free raspberry ale; leftover Millenials; home-grown tomatoes

Nibbles is a compendium of food, dining and beverage information from the U.S. and the world edited by John Lehndorff (www.JohnLehndorff.com).

Reported by www.WashingtonPost.com:
“This summer’s Iowa State Fair alone features some 54 foods on a stick, including deep-fried Ho Hos, pickles and pineapple.”

FOOD NEWS UPDATE: It’s a very bountiful year for Colorado’s sweet peach crop. Buy a bunch of ripe ones from Palisade while you can. Put them in simmering water long enough to slip the skin off. Cut in halves and freeze on a cookie sheet and bag to be used later for pie, roast pork filling and smoothies… New Planet Gluten-Free Beer has released its 3R Raspberry Ale made with sorghum and corn. …And at this date, there’s still no kombucha at local markets after all such products were pulled from the shelves for re-labelling. Stay tuned…

Reported by Stephen Budiansky in the New York Times:
“The local food movement now threatens to devolve into another one of those self-indulgent — and self-defeating — do-gooder dogmas. Arbitrary rules, without any real scientific basis, are repeated as gospel by “locavores,” celebrity chefs and mainstream environmental organizations. Words like “sustainability” and “food-miles” are thrown around without any clear understanding of the larger picture of energy and land use.”

Reorted by the Denver Business Journal:
MillerCoors announced that it has established a craft and import beer business and is naming it Tenth and Blake Beer Company, a reference to its breweries in Milwaukee and Denver that produce craft beers. Tenth and Blake Beer will operate as an independent company with its own marketing, trade marketing and an independent sales organizations dedicated to the craft and imports business. Crafts and imports are outperforming MillerCoors premium flagship brands like Miller Lite and Coors Light. Overall sales of American craft beer rose 12 percent in the first six months of this year as compared with the same time period in 2009, the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association said last week.

Reported by NPD:
Millennials’ food selections indicate a here-today-gone tomorrow mentality. They are much more likely than consumers in other age groups to use frozen entrees or other food items that are portable and do not require preparation. National Eating Trends reports that a typical Millennial has 68 meals a year that contain a leftover item, but adults in their 30s to early 40s are using leftovers in 82 meals a year. Yung adults were once the heaviest restaurant users but have cut back dramatically in the last two years. Meals and snack occasions per capita for ages 18-24, dropped from 242 in the year ending May 2008 to 216 in the year ending May 2010.

From the song “Homegrown Tomatoes” by Guy Clark:
“You can put ‘em in a salad, put ‘em in a stew / You can make your own, very own tomato juice / You can eat ‘em with eggs, you can eat ‘em with gravy / You can eat ‘em with beans, pinto or navy / Put em on the side, put em on the middle / Home grown tomatoes on a hot cake griddle.”

Comments: lehndorffj@aol.com
Nibbles column: http://yellowscene.com/2010/08/18/going-round/


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