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2011 FOOD TRENDS: The ‘supri’ capital; Wealthy turn to McRibs; Cake or pie? Breaking down a hog

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

Reported by http://www.supri.com/supri_sopressata.html:
Westerly, Rhode Island, and the surrounding areas are the only places that sopressata is called “SOUPY” or “SUPRI”. The residents here consider the town of Westerly to be the “SUPRI” capitol of the country, each year in our small town there are tens of thousands of pounds of this flavorful sausage made by individuals in their own homes. This dry cured sausage is a byproduct of Italians from the region of Cosenza, in Calabria, Italy, it is a small town in southern Italy, and Westerly RI is made up largely of descendants from this region of Italy and to this day they carry on the tradition of their forefathers in the making of Bread, Wine, Sopressata and Cheeses.

Reported by www.time.com:
DOWN: Spending on restaurants, clothing.
A Citibank survey cited by the LA Times says that 71% of Californians are splurging less at restaurants. Very few Californians say they’ve scaled back on spending related to cell phones or Internet usage.
UP: Rich people eating fast food.
Here’s another weird economic indicator: Wealthy Americans spent 24% more on fast food in the second quarter of 2010, compared to a rise of 8% spent on fast food by the average consumer. Why are rich folks jonesing for grease? It seems to be their way of scaling back: Instead of dropping $100 per person at a fine dining establishment, they’re ordering a #7 at the counter and feel thrifty because they’ve pocketed the difference.
UP: Fast food ads viewed by kids.A new study shows that the fast food industry spent $4.2 billion on advertising in 2009, and that the average preschooler saw 2.8 TV fast food ads daily. Older kids saw even more ads: 3.5 ads daily for children ages 6 to 11, and 4.7 ads daily for teens. And these numbers have risen over the years, as the report states: “Compared to 2003, preschoolers viewed 21% more fast food ads in 2009, children viewed 34% more, and teens viewed 39% more.”

Reported by http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rynrtnDgmU0:
Betty White, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Steve Martin and friends answer the question: Cake or Pie? Pie wins.

Reported by: http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/18/video-how-to-make-the-perfect-pie-crust:
Great advice on making pie crust.

Reported by: http://www.newsweek.com/2010/11/22/what-food-says-about-class-in-america.html
According to data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 17 percent of Americans—more than 50 million people—live in households that are “food insecure,” a term that means a family sometimes runs out of money to buy food, or it sometimes runs out of food before it can get more money. Food insecurity is especially high in households headed by a single mother.

http://ruhlman.com/2010/06/salumi-in-america.html:
Jay did the first hog, demonstrating the way Italian breakdown is designed to make best use of the cuts for curing. The American way of breaking down a pig, designed to focus attention on the center of the pig and on roasting cuts, slices straight through the coppa (the muscle that goes from the neck into the loin), one of the most important cuts in Italian salumi.

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John Lehndorff is co-author with Kim Long of the American Salumi Calendar 2011, the first calendar devoted to cured meat artisans in the U.S. Lehndorff is a former caterer, nationally distributed newspaper food columnist and restaurant critic, author of a restaurant guide book, and one of America’s foremost pie experts.

Learning to make salami: www.ediblecommunities.com/frontrange/fall-2010/the-school-of-salumi.htmThe 2011 American Salumi Calendar: www.americansalumi.com

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