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2011 FOOD TRENDS: Bacon cookies, bacon caviar, heritage pigs, pancetta, bacon toys and Bloody Kim Jong-il mix

The American Salumi Calendar 2011 salumi centerfold poster

Reported by: http://www.rodale.com/organic-trends?page=0%2C1:
While the economy remains stagnant, consumers are nevertheless embracing organic more than ever. In 2010, more than 40 percent of parents reported buying more organic foods today than they did a year ago, up more than 30 percent from 2009, according to the U.S. Families’ Organic Attitudes and Beliefs 2010 tracking study.

Reported by www.tastingtable.com:
Bacon Caviar The fish-egg experts at California Caviar Company–which curates foreign and domestic options and collaborates with chefs such as Jacques Pepin–have entered breakfast territory with their Bacon & Eggs offering. Trout roe is infused with Nueske’s applewood-smoked bacon and black pepper, giving it a charred, salty-sweet edge.

Reported by: http://www.instructables.com/id/Chocolate-Chip-Bacon-Cookies/
How to make chocolate chip bacon cookies

Reported by: http://blogs.westword.com/cafesociety/2010/12/bacon_nativity_scene_is_truly_christmas_miracle.php
A nativity scene made out of bacon and possibly sauerkraut.

Reported at: http://www.cochon555.com/HERITAGE_BOOKLET.pdf:
Field Guide to Heritage Pigs from Mangalitsa to Berkshire

Reported at http://www.foodbuzz.com/blogs/2925541-how-to-make-pancetta:
How to make pancetta

Reported by: http://www.houstonpress.com/2010-06-10/restaurants/designer-meats/:
Catalan executive chef Chris Shepherd, the man other Houston chefs call The Godfather, grabs a handful of his very own homemade sausages and starts slicing them into gauzy ribbons. Red strips of coppa fall from the meat slicer like streamers, gracefully dappled with spots of slick white fat. He hands them to me as they fall. The meaty pig’s-neck sausage is dark and rich.

Reported at: http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/e1d0/?cpg=144H:
Order a Bacon Plush Toy. It’s a huggable plush bacon for kids and kids at heart 3 and older. It says I’m bacon“!” when you squeeze him and has a mechanical animated mouth. The site also sells caffeinated marshmallows, miracle berry tablets, bacon lip balm, wasabi gumballs, caffeinated jerky, and misfortune cookies.

Reported by: http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/dining/restaurants/off-the-menu/article_6e5df896-024d-11e0-8567-0017a4a78c22.htmlThe oil spill’s effect on Gulf Coast seafood, an egg recall and a beef recall topped the list of biggest food stories of 2010, according to a national survey out this afternoon. For the full list of the top 10 food stories, including Jamie Oliver’s “Food Revolution” (No. 9) and Michelle Obama’s work to pass the Child Nutrition bill (5), click here. Also revealed in the 1,000-person annual survey commissioned by Hunter Public Relations: 42 percent of respondents cited the return of the limited-release McRib sandwich at McDonald’s as the top pop-culture item in food news. When asked what food trends they’d like to see end, 49 percent of people surveyed said “bacon-flavored everything,” 20 percent said “cupcakes,” 17 percent said “high-end burgers,” and 9 percent said “gourmet food trucks.” The Hunter survey comes on the heels of a study the Riverfront Times’ Gut Check blog mentioned today that led Nation’s Restaurant News to declare 2010 the “year of the fish taco.” That report, from Chicago consulting firm Technomic, noted that fish tacos as well as Mexican foods in general made more appearances on U.S. restaurant menus in 2010 than in 2009. Contributing to that uptick, according to a Technomic rep: The popularity of fast-casual chains like Chipotle and Baja Fresh as well as Americans’ desire for spicier and ethnic foods.

Reported by www.tastingtable.com:
Bloody Kim Jong-il mix contains a proprietary blend of fresh tomato juice and the leftover brine from that week’s prepared kimchis, which change weekly based on what’s available at the farmers’ market (past offerings have included sunchoke and tatsoi, brussels sprouts and cauliflower).

Complaints, tirades, comments, critiques? lehndorffj@aol.com

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.

The 2011 American Salumi Calendar: www.americansalumi.com

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