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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How We Ate and Drank in 2010

Posted By on Wed, Dec 8, 2010 at 6:34 PM

The rice cooker became an essential appliance in American kitchens. - ALEX.SHULTZ/FLICKR
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  • The rice cooker became an essential appliance in American kitchens.

Our favorite morsel from the Web.

The only thing dumber than most end-of-year food trend roundups are New Year predictions, micro-predicting things like the rise of lovage, Indonesian long pepper, or lamb burgers. But Allrecipes.com's 11-point list of what it calls "the most compelling emerging trends in 2010" passes the sniff test.

In brief:

1. We didn't exactly turn away from the big-box megamarket, but we made it only one stop along a route that included the bakery, the butcher shop, wine store, and farmers' market.

2. One word: pie.

3. We turned all Sandra Lee, making semi-homemade a way of life, though ― granted ― in 2010 very few of us looked as fabulicious as Ms. Lee.

4. The iPhone became the new recipe index.

5. We fell in love with kitchen gadgets, but not clunky-ass things like Margaritaville. More like the meat thermometer and the microplane.

6. Less meat, more veggies.

7. We did more and more plug-in cooking, in things like the rice cooker, panini press, and microwave.

8. Men ― especially guys in their 20s ― invaded the kitchen.

9. We got wasted at home, where it's cheaper, not at the bar.

10. The formal dinner party with things like copycat restaurant amuses-bouche gave way to casual sit-downs.

11. We got extra-comfortable with non-Euro cuisines ― the fastest growing were South American, Japanese, Korean, and Chinese.

That pretty much described things in the Birdsall house. Especially the pie.

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