Oct 17, 2017, 22:28

Building Vegetarian Entrées

By Jackie Schulz

food1_april10Create protein combinations that are low in saturated fat, high in fiber and from a mix of sources to get a “complete” protein.

According to a 2008 “Vegetarianism in America” study collected by the Harris Interactive Service Bureau and published by the Vegetarian Times, 3.2% of U.S. adults, or 7.3 million people, follow a vegetarian-based diet. Another 10% described their diet as “mostly vegetarian,” making them, in today’s lexicon, a “flexitarian”—those who follow a vegetarian diet some of the time. That prevalence makes having vegetarian options a necessity in any foodservice venue.

McCormick® Unveils 10th Anniversary Flavor Forecast™

food3_march10Milestone report features top 10 flavor pairings and leading trends that will define 2010.

The flavor experts at Hunt Valley, Md.-based McCormick have teamed up with leading chefs, food bloggers and other culinary authorities to identify the top 10 flavor pairings and key trends that are poised to shape the way we eat in the year ahead. The McCormick® Flavor Forecast™ 2010 marks a milestone: It’s the 10th anniversary of prolific flavor reports from the industry leader.

Making Infused Oils with Your Students

By Colin Roche, CEC, CCE

food2_march10Though easy to make, infusing oils adds much to the classroom and curriculum.

Infused oils are a great product to make with your students. It not only introduces them to the various herbs and spices available today, but also teaches them how to infuse the flavor into the neutral medium of oil.

Why is oil a great medium for infusing flavors into? Herbs and spices get their flavors from the essential oils in them. Most of these oils are aromatic compounds that we smell when we eat them, and it is these aromas that create much of the flavor we experience. Also, because these aromatic compounds are oils, they're soluble in oils. Simple, right? Now, with an understanding of the method, you can see that infused oils are theoretically very easy to make.

Brioche and Beyond

By Mitch Stamm, CEPC

food1_march10By hiding the science in the pure joy of handling dough that has baked into pastries, you can increase students’ understanding and awareness of the baking process.

Taking a lesson from parents who hide vegetables in other foods and desserts in order to train their children to appreciate them, instructors can do the same by hiding science in food. Many students find the science of baking dry and dull, yet they thrive when producing pastries. Rather than teaching science, why not teach food?

Have Your Cake and Eat It Guilt-Free

By Eric Stein, M.S., R.D.

food2_feb10Can the words “light,” “healthy” and “desserts” even be used in the same sentence? More than ever, chefs are proving that they can.

Most basic dessert recipes rely on just a few key ingredients, such as butter, granulated sugar, eggs, heavy cream, chocolate and flour. Although the outcome is usually tasty, these ingredients often result in desserts full of empty calories and few nutrients. In a time of calorie-conscious consumers, chefs are beginning to take basic dessert preparations and make them healthier through the use of ingredient alternatives and by adding nutrient-rich foods.