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Our Food Predictions for 2015

Food Network Kitchen have a pretty good handle on the trends that will shape what you order, eat, watch and read in the new year. Here are their predictions:

1. More Love-Child Snacks: 2014 saw the unholy couplings of brands that spawned Dewitos (Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew), cappuccino-flavored Lay’s, pumpkin pie-flavored Pringles and more — and that was just for chips.   In 2015 expect more collisions of sweet and salty, bitter and befuddling, like candy bar-flavored sodas and other flavors that you can’t find in nature

2. Easy Meal Customization:  Forget fussy fixed menus.  In 2015 expect more curated mix-and-match fast-casual joints, smaller menus at mid-range restaurants and family-style feasts at high-end places.

3. More Drinking, Less Chewing: 2015’s must-have utensil is a cup. Whether they’re filled with green juice, fruit smoothies or full-on sippable meal replacements, people want their protein, vitamins and minerals on the go and on the double.

Look out for even more squeezable kids’ fruit pouches, high-end blenders making juicing mass, bone broth becoming the new kale smoothie, butter coffee and DIY Soylent.

4.  Don’t Be Anti Bacteria:  Our culture is really into cultures — fermented and probiotic foods like kombucha, kefir, kimchi and miso — that support healthy gut bacteria.

In 2015 watch for a bounty of fermented pickles and pickle juice; sauerkraut; savory yogurt; cultured butter and buttermilk; kefir grains and kombucha; fermented sausages (salami, Thai sour sausages); and kvass.

Get the rest of our 2015 food trends and predictions.

31 Days of Cookies: Dark Chocolate, Cranberry, Oat and Pistachio Cookies

On this 15th day of cookies, our guest blogger shares a kitchen-sink-style holiday cookie: They’ve got everything.

Christmas season is all about the cookies. They are Santa’s favorite treat, after all. These cookies are chewy, soft in the center, crispy on the edges, and full of oats, dark chocolate, cranberries and pistachios. They’re also super easy (and fast) to whip up. You can mix up a batch, scoop it out into balls and keep them in the freezer until you want a freshly baked treat. They’re perfect for those unexpected holiday visitors!

Click here for the Dark Chocolate, Cranberry, Oat and Pistachio Cookies recipe.
See more original cookies from some of our favorite food bloggers.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

Stephanie Le, based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, obsesses about noodles, potatoes and eggs, and she almost always falls for food-related hype. You can typically find her patiently waiting in the longest lines with her camera and empty stomach hoping to get a taste of the next big thing. Her first book, Easy Gourmet (Page Street Publishing), was published in 2014. She spends her days on recipe development and photography, and she blogs about her food adventures at I am a Food Blog, winner of Saveur’s Blog of the Year and Best Cooking Blog 2014.

Uber Joins Grubhub and Seamless in the Food Delivery Game

The Internet has turned takeout food into a big, big business. Gone are the days when one would have to waste precious breath talking to a restaurant employee. You can get that triple bacon cheeseburger just by pushing a few buttons, thanks to delivery services such as Grubhub and Seamless. Now there is a new competitor on the digital block, transportation company Uber. Wait, really?

Uber, better known as the taxi service your one friend won’t stop talking about, has just unveiled UberFresh for bring fresh food to your doorstep. Each delivery will charge a flat fee of $3 and the company claims a restaurant delivery will only take ten minutes. 

As of now the menu choices are limited and the service is only available in Los Angeles. That’s right. Not only does Uber think they are above the law, but also above the ebb and flow of Los Angeles traffic. Ten minutes?!

 

31 Days of Cookies: Christmas “Circus” Cookies

Get in the holiday spirit on the 14th day of cookies with these miniature sweets cut into Christmas shapes of your choosing. They were modeled after those pink-and-white-icing- and sprinkle-covered cookies you might remember from your childhood — hence the “circus” moniker. These frosted treats are bedecked in more holiday-appropriate colors and taste just like their inspiration.

Click here for the Christmas “Circus” Cookies recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

31 Days of Cookies: The White House’s Molasses Spice Cookies

For the 13th day of cookies, we’re bringing you some gingersnaps with the presidential seal of approval. These molasses cookies — from former White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses — are chockfull of ginger flavor. A roll in granulated sugar before baking helps balance the zippy spice.

The White House's Molasses Spice Cookies

Click here for the White House’s Molasses Spice Cookies “Gingersnaps” recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

Run-D.M.C’s Rev Run’s Hot Chocolate Recipe

It’s been 27 years since the nation spent Christmas In Hollis, but the holidays remain a pretty big deal for Run-D.M.C’s Rev Run. So much so, the Simmons’ celebrate Christmas for a straight up week, feasting the entire way through. A few of the dishes on the spread this year are Rev’s Rev Run’s Gotta-Be-On-Time Prime RibFestive Fruit Salad with Orange-Maple-Vanilla Syrup and Ninjabread Men Cookies. You’ll have to tune in to Rev Run’s Happy Holidays to see what else is on the menu. We can tell you that for Rev, the most important ingredients are happy hearts, full bellies and family. Get a sneak peek of Rev’s rich and creamy hot chocolate after the jump.

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31 Days of Cookies: Lemon Meringue Thumbprint Cookies

On the 12th day of cookies our guest blogger shares a citrusy treat that is bound to impress your holiday party guests.

These Lemon Meringue Thumbprints are the perfect holiday treat. They are pretty enough to serve as holiday decorations on their own. More importantly, they’re also completely irresistible. They strike all the right notes: tart, sweet, creamy and crunchy. And they make use of one of the few fruits available in the dead of winter. They practically guarantee you will be a holiday party star.

Here’s the trick, which isn’t tricky at all: Those spiky meringue swirls are best applied the day you plan to serve them. Now, you could go the sensible and modest route and finish them before your friends arrive. But why not show off? Just before everyone arrives, don an apron and top each cookie with a gorgeous meringue swirl. Then, once everyone has assembled with cocktail in hand, bring out the tray of cookies and your mini blowtorch. Fire it up and blast that snowy meringue to toasty perfection. Cookies and a show! Your guests won’t know what hit ‘em.

Click here for the Lemon Meringue Thumbprint Cookies recipe.
See more original cookies from some of our favorite food bloggers.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

Samantha Seneviratne is a New York-based writer, recipe developer and food stylist. She’s currently working on her first two cookbooks, The New Sugar and Spice (Ten Speed, fall 2015) and Gluten Light (Clarkson Potter, fall 2016). She blogs about dessert at Love, Cake.

Recapture Childhood With This All-Cereal Restaurant

Ah, the innocence of youth. Curled up on the living room couch, watching cartoons and mindlessly eating mass amounts of sugary cereals. It was a grand time. Those days are long gone for most of us, however. If only there was a way, outside of time travel, to get them back? Well, this London restaurant is going to give it the ole kindergarten try.

Cereal Killer Cafe is one of the world’s first bistros dedicated exclusively to cereal. All told, they have over one hundred different varieties on ‘tap’ and the restauranteurs say as long as it is importable, they can get it. In addition to all of that crunchy goodness, they also serve twelve different varieties of milk and over twenty toppings, like berries and bananas. It’s even decorated with tons of memorabilia from the 80s and 90s so you can feel awesome or old depending on your outlook on life.

To up the nostalgia factor, the cafe also features oversized furniture and knickknacks so you can re-experience everyone’s favorite part of childhood, helplessness.

31 Days of Cookies: Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Want to know something absolutely bananas? Kelsey Nixon’s banana chocolate chip cookies. Add two overripe mashed bananas to a classic chocolate chip cookie recipe for a soft, sweet batch that you can kind of pull off as healthy. They’re our pick for the 11th day of cookies.

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

Click here for the Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe.

More cookies:
Cooking Channel’s All-Star Cookie Swap
50 All-Star Holiday Cookies
Unique Cookie Recipes
Food Network’s 12 Days of Cookies

A Way to Order Unlimited Booze With Your Phone

The holidays can be a stressful time — so stressful that they can quite literally ‘drive one to drink.’ Why spend your precious time off from work hauling yourself to and from the liquor store? Now, thanks to the enabling magic of technology, you can push a few buttons on your smartphone and have all of your precious brands delivered right to you.

A recently launched app called Drizly is the Grubhub, or Netflix if you are an alcoholic, of alcohol delivery services. It works simply enough. You pick what kind of alcoholic haze you want to get lost in and in around forty minutes, it’ll show up at your doorstep wearing a red bow and a sign that reads ‘drink me now.’

The downside? Like most new technologies, it is in beta and only available in a small number of cities. That is likely to change as people discover the freeing notion of ordering bottles of wine while in their underwear.

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