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Thursday, March 15, 2007 

Trends...Not Just for Fashion Anymore

It's hit the food industry. And, what are the trendy foods this year, you ask?

Specialty Food thinks they are:

Cherries, the American Superfruit
Scientific research shows that tart cherries have among the highest levels of disease-fighting antioxidants compared to other fruits. In fact, cherries are as equally nutritious as blueberries and cranberries.

visit www.choosecherries.com
My favorite cherries are Montmorency cherries from Door County, WI.

Reindeer Cheese
Juustoleipa, a specialty of Finland and Lapland, is commonly made from reindeer’s milk. After the curds are drained and pressed into a flat, wooden platter with a rim, the outer layer is toasted in front of a fire. Once is ripens for a few days, it comes out looking like bread, which is why it is called “cheese bread. This cheese is unusual in that it is baked during the cheesemaking process. The heat from baking caramelizes the sugars on the outside of the cheese to form a tasty crust similar to brown bread.
Chili Pepper: Color of the Year
Chili peppers aren’t just hot in the food industry—they’re also the inspiration for the Color of the Year for 2007. Pantone, Inc., the global authority on color, has selected PANTONE 19-1557 Chili Pepper, a deep, spicy red, as the color of the year. Eye-catching, sophisticated and enticing, Chili Pepper connotes an outgoing, confident, design-savvy attitude, according to Pantone.
Pastries with a Buzz
Buzzed Bagels™ and Buzz Donuts™ were created by Dr. Robert Bohannon, a scientist from North Carolina, who developed a method to mask the normal bitterness of caffeine so that it can be used in food and pastry products. Working with flavoring experts, Bohannon figured out how to add the caffeine equivalent of one to two cups of coffee to some food items.

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Reindeer cheese? That just sounds so odd!

Ooh reindeer cheese! Sounds good to me. :)

I am such a sucker for interesting trendy foods... I just like trying different things all the time. Too bad not everything is as good as advertised though. :)

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