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From espresso martinis to orzo and baked brie, '90s cuisine has returned. We can thank the contagious powers of nostalgia and social media for those sun dried tomatoes and pestos all over TikTok, Instagram, and restaurant menus. Even fast food giants like Burger King and Pizza Hut have revamped their logos to tap into the retro aesthetic.
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VIDEO: How A Nashville Chef Uses Open Fire To Create Modern Barbecue
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There's something primal about cooking with little more than a wood-burning hearth. It forces you to pay attention -- much more than when you just stick something in a closed, temperature-regulated oven. Here's how chef Nick Guidry does it at Pelican & Pig in Nashville. No, he's not the first chef to cook this way. But watching Nick manage fire, food, and time reveals the elements of good cooking.
Southern California Stakes Its Claim As A Great American Barbecue Region
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From Santa Maria beef tri-tip and vaquero-style pit-cooked lamb to the traditional barbecue of Filipino, Korean, and Chinese immigrants, southern California has developed a unique smoked meat culture. Add some classic central Texas brisket, Carolina-style pulled pork, and Memphis-style dry rub ribs, and the region emerges as a global melting pot of barbecue styles with a side of California flair. At least, that's how this Eater LA story sees it. Read on to see if you agree.
American Food Spending Dropped To Historic Lows During Quarantine, Despite Rising Prices
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US consumers spent only 8.6% of their disposable incomes on food last year, a 10.1% decrease from 2019, according to USDA data. Analysts attribute the drop to COVID-related restaurant closures and restrictions but also to the largest increase in disposable personal income in 20 years. It seems we spent our stimulus payments elsewhere.
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BBQ Hall Of Famer Meathead Goldwyn Shares Top 5 Grilling Tips
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Meathead Goldwyn wants to up your grill game. His top tip? Create two heat zones in your grill: Pile the heat to one side for a hot zone and leave the other side unheated for a cool zone. If you get flareups or food burns, you can move the food to the cool zone. This setup also helps with his second tip: Use the reverse sear method for the juiciest results. Cook burgers and steaks in the cool zone until the very end, then move them over high heat to sear and brown the outside for flavor. To ensure food safety, Goldwyn recommends using a digital thermometer. And to prevent sticking, he says to oil the food instead of the grill grate. However, when it comes to grilling seafood, he suggests slathering on some mayo, which drips off during cooking. So that's how you keep fish from sticking to the grate!
If You Can't Beat 'Em, Eat 'Em. Cicada Cooking Swarms Eastern US.
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Brood X cicadas are reemerging after 17 years in the ground in the eastern United States. Many chefs are seizing upon the rare opportunity to put this sustainable animal protein to use. James Beard award winning chef Bun Lai serves them smoked in the shell like bacon bits on salads and steamed until soft then rolled into sushi. Others bread and fry the "shrimp of the soil" or roast and season them as crunchy snacks. Pro tip: Remove the wings before serving. Treat the shell like other animal skin: It's delicious crisped but could be removed to showcase the tender meat. Cicada tacos, anyone?