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Year of the Pie

With the at-home tailgate for the Mountaineer game on Friday, Halloween partying on Saturday, and trick-or-treaters + Steelers game/The Walking Dead premiere, I haven’t had a whole lot of down time to cook and/or write about cooking. I’m looking forward to the day I get a digital camera, because then I can properly write/display the culinary output of kitchen. Friday’s tailgate feast was particularly good, but without pictures there’s little point to devoting a whole post about it.

The little bit of food-related business from the weekend (unless you count stuffing my face with candy and drinking a lot of beer) was reading this article on The Huffington Post, reporting the Nation’s Restaurant News 2011 Food and Restaurant Trends predictions. Among the upcoming trends:

2011 is THE YEAR OF THE PIE – According to restaurant and hotel consultant, Andrew Freeman, we are on the cusp, or, rather, the crust of the 2011 Pieocalypse: “This is not just sweet pies, this is savory pies, bite-sized pies. They are even blended into milkshakes,” he said. “I’ll eat pie if I don’t get this one right at the end of the year.”
Following the trend of item-specific bakeries, notably the cupcake craze of 2007 – 2009, and a more recent spate of donut shop fever, look for more pie shops serving up sweet and savory offerings for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desert, snack time, birthdays… Look, ANY TIME is a good time for pie. Continue reading

Anatomy of a Sandwich

Being lazy can actually be a terrific gateway to quick, delicious recipes. While I’d love to make stews and casseroles and pastas and pastries for every day of the week, many nights the thought of putting any more than ten minutes into a meal is oppressive. Not that I’m necessarily advocating 30-minute, Rachel Ray – type cooking. So much of those ingredients are processed foodstuffs, not fit for man nor beast (well, maybe beast), or at least, not the kind of thing you want to habitually reach for when you need a quick dinner.
 
Hence, the sandwich. The wonderful, multi-faceted sandwich. Perfect for carnivores, omnivores, and herbivores alike. Sandwiches are fantastic ways to get rid of remnants of produce, use that last slice of cheese, or try a flavor combination not yet sampled. Add heat, add condiments, add herbs, or see how much taste mileage you get out of only two or three ingredients. Be it sweet or savory, appetite-teasing or hugely satisfying, there is very little a sandwich can’t do.