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In a groundbreaking study about Super Bowl parties which came out nearly a decade ago, Pace found that the Super Bowl had become as much about the food as it is about football. 

In preparation for Super Bowl XLIV (taking place Feb. 7 in Miami), here is one of Pace Kitchens’ favorite recipes, to help make your party more festive and memorable:

Sweet & Spicy Chicken Wings
Prep: 10 min.
Bake: 35 min.
Makes: 24 pieces

12 chicken wings or 24 chicken drumettes
1 cup Pace® Picante Sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1. Cut off chicken wing tips and discard. Cut chicken wings in half at joint. Place chicken into foil-lined shallow baking pan.
2. Stir picante sauce, honey and ginger in large bowl. Toss chicken with 1/3 cup of picante mixture.
3. Bake at 500°F. on lowest oven rack 35 min. or until crispy and cooked through, turning chicken over once halfway through baking. Remove chicken and toss with remaining picante mixture.

The Food Channel® editorial staff compiled a look back at the last decade in food, identifying the biggest trends and influencers.

“Our chefs and editorial staff have seen a lot of changes in the last ten years,” said Kay Logsdon, Managing Editor of The Food Channel. “Food has become a story like never before, and it’s interesting to look back at how its growth has impacted our society. Over the last few years, we’ve been able to visit restaurant after restaurant, attend the biggest food shows, and try new products, giving our editors a first-hand look at what’s been happening with food.”

According to editors, the top trends overall for the last decade (2000-2009) include—
·         Sushi
·         Bacon
·         Cupcakes
·         Sliders
·         Gourmet Burgers made with Kobe or Angus Beef
·         Superfruits such as Acai, Pomegranate and Blueberry
·         Oils, such as olive oils and truffle oils
·         Whole grains, such as Kashi, polenta, risotto
·         Artisan foods, particularly in breads, cheeses and dark chocolates
·         Coffees, teas

Logsdon emphasized that all of the lists are compiled as opinion, and are not necessarily based in scientific evidence. “We did this to create dinner table conversation as much as anything,” she said. “Food is a natural meeting place, regardless of your political, religious or personal preferences—you can always talk about food.”

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The last night of Chanukkah is approaching, and if you’re looking for a delicious dish to celebrate the holiday, look no further.  This traditional latke recipe from Bon Appetit is marvelous!  The combination of smoked salmon, sour cream, potato and chives is simply brilliant!

1 pound russet potatoes, peeled, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 medium onion, peeled, quartered
1 2-inch cube peeled celery root (celeriac)
1 medium Granny Smith apple (unpeeled), quartered, cored
1 large egg
1 green onion, finely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh marjoram
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup all purpose flour
Vegetable oil (for frying)

1 8-ounce container crème fraîche or sour cream
2 tablespoons drained prepared white horseradish
8 ounces thinly sliced smoked salmon
Chopped fresh chives

Preheat oven to 325°F. Place baking sheet in oven. Place colander in large bowl. Line colander with kitchen towel. Using processor fitted with shredding blade, coarsely grate potatoes, onion, celery root and apple at the same time. Transfer potato mixture to towel. Gather towel tightly around potato mixture and squeeze out as much liquid as possible into bowl; discard liquid. Place potato mixture, egg, green onion, marjoram, salt and pepper in same bowl; toss to blend. Mix in flour.

Pour enough vegetable oil into heavy large skillet to cover bottom. Heat oil over medium-high heat. Working in batches, drop 1/4 cup pancake mixture into skillet for each pancake. Using bottom of metal spatula, flatten each mound to 3-inch round. Fry until cooked through and crisp, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer pancakes to baking sheet in oven to keep warm. Repeat with remaining pancake mixture, leaving behind any liquid that collects in bottom of bowl.

Mix crème fraîche and horseradish in small bowl. Arrange 2 pancakes on each plate. Garnish pancakes with dollop of horseradish cream and smoked salmon. Sprinkle with chives and serve.

Americans can’t afford to dine out this Thanksgiving so they’re eating even more turkey at home than last year, according to industry research firm IBISWorld.

Of total 2009 Thanksgiving sales, 92.5 percent, or $27.64 billion, will be spent on food and drinks alone.  Turkey is the single biggest purchase, with 47.1 million birds expected to be consumed this holiday – up from last year’s level of 45.3 million birds.  

In fact, turkey consumption during Thanksgiving will account for nearly 19 percent of all turkeys produced in the U.S. during 2009!

“The recession has caused people to go back to family values as opposed to simply buying presents,” explained Toon van Beeck, senior analyst with IBISWorld.  “Consumers just don’t have the money to fork out on unnecessary gifts and luxuries such as traveling.  Instead they’ll cherish time spent with close family and friends.”

Photo by coloniera2

Photo by coloniera2

Despite an ailing economy, pet owners are showing they are more than willing to splurge when it comes to the health and happiness of their animals. According to industry research firm IBISWorld, the pet business is expected to generate $51.6 billion this year, an increase of 1.3 percent from 2008, with trends in health and nutrition altering the market.

Veterinary services are forecasted to grow the fastest, at an average annualized rate of 4.3 percent in the next five years—accounting for an estimated $22.3 billion in revenue this year.

“Pet healthcare is a big business, as awareness in health is driving growth in this area” said George Van Horn, senior analyst at IBISWorld.

Veterinary practices are now expanding their range of services in order to cater to the health-related needs of animals. Chiropractics, ophthalmology, dentistry, and dermatology, to name a few, are becoming more readily available.

Pet Food production can expect steady growth in the next five years, and is projected to generate approximately $15.2 billion this year. This sector is also being affected by and adjusting to trends in natural and organic products. In recent years, over half of all pet-owners have shown concern in what their pets are eating, causing a greater shift in demand for premium pet food—ranging from breed-specific brands, to weight-loss diets, to special or natural-ingredient foods claiming nutritional benefits.

The Pet Grooming and Boarding sector, expected to generate $2.69 billion this year, is comprised primarily of pet-care, training, and pet-sitting—all of which are experiencing growth within the industry. Such practical services accommodate convenience to the increasingly busy American lifestyle, and pet stores are starting to incorporate these services in recognition of this growing need.

Pet stores are expected to generate revenue of $11.45 billion this year.  Live animal purchases contribute the least in sales, and this will continue its decline as companies become socially responsible in response to ethical concerns surrounding puppy mills, as well as overpopulation issues of homeless animals in shelters. Major pet store retailers now affiliate themselves with organizations that help dogs and cats with adoption. For instance, PETCO now hosts an in-store adoption center, introducing the philosophy “Think Adoption First.”

In 2009, the population of dogs and cats as pets is approximately 169 million, which has increased roughly 2.4 percent since last year. Of those, 18 percent of cats and 10 percent of dogs have been adopted from animal shelters.

“Americans consider their pets as members of the family, making businesses that cater to our four-legged friends a stable, growing market,” said Van Horn.

memorial spending

This Memorial Day it’s all about savings, as consumers look to cut costs while still maintaining a fun three-day weekend.  Fortunately savvy shoppers, who purchase store brands over brand-name products, stand to save 16.3 percent on their total holiday grocery bill, according to IBISWorld research to the left.

“In essence, store brands turn the clock back two to three years,” said Toon van Beeck, senior analyst with IBISWorld. “Without inflation, store-brand groceries this Memorial Day weekend are comparable in price to brand-name groceries during the 2007 holiday.”  

 Based on the average holiday shopping cart above, the 16.3 percent savings puts about $10 back into consumers’ pockets.  That means with approximately 117,641,000 households in the U.S., the nation could save about $1.18 billion if everyone celebrated Memorial Day in the same fashion and went the store-brand route as opposed to the brand name route.

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Photo by cinezi

I’m a huge fan of peanut butter and chocolate, so this family recipe is one of my favorite holiday treats.  I hope you enjoy!


1 1/2 c. peanut butter

2 sticks butter

1 box confectionery sugar

12 ounces chocolate chips

1/4 bar paraffin

Sprinkles (optional)

Mix peanut butter, butter and sugar together and then roll into small balls on waxed paper-lined cookie sheet.  Put in refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Next, melt chocolate chips and grated paraffin in double boiler. Dip balls into chocolate using one toothpick per ball.  Let cool.  After you’re finished go back and fill the toothpick hole with a drop of chocolate using the toothpick.

Tip:  For a more festive look, add colored sprinkles to the cooling chocolate-dipped bomboms.

yatai1In Los Angeles the words “gourmet” and “low-cost” seem like oxymorons.  Well that’s no longer the case when it comes to Asian-tapas bar, Yatai.  This West Hollywood eatery has excellent food, fantastic service and a fabulous atmosphere…all at a reasonable price!

Last night my boyfriend and I visited the restaurant for the second time and were once again thoroughly impressed with our dining experience.  After a few rounds of drinks and several dishes, the bill was only $80.  Why go to Koi, which is overpriced and has mediocre service, when you can eat just as well and spend half as much at Yatai?  

Here’s a few dish suggestions:

  • Tempura pumpkin w/curry salt – $5
  • Spicy tuna over crispy rice – $6
  • Bite-sized rib-eye steak w/caramelized onions – $16

When the weather is nice, Yatai also has outdoor seating.  The restaurant is located at 8535 W. Sunset Blvd.  Parking can be a problem, but it’s so marvelous it’s worth it.

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