bon appetit: Cuisine Trends in 2015

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Bon Appetite

Tapas is another food trend that has staying power. Passing and sharing small plates is a trend we love and it continues this year!

Here are a few recipes to try:
Tapas-style Appetizer, Entrée & Dessert

Pistachio, Goat Cheese & Grape Truffles

Delicious and easy to make!

• 1 cup Pistachios
(Shelled, roasted and chopped)
• 8 oz. Goat Cheese (Room temp.)
• 24 Seedless Red or Green Grapes
(Cleaned with stems removed)

1. Put ½ tbs. goat cheese in the palm of your hand; shape a grape around the cheese to coat. Refrigerate on a sheet pan for 15 mins.
2. Roll cold cheese-coated grapes in pistachios and refrigerate for 30 mins. before serving.

Mini Asian Lasagnas

• 3 tbs. Butter • 3 tbs. Flour
• 2 cups Milk (Warmed)
• 1 ½ cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar
• ¾ lbs. Each Ground Meat:
Pork, Chicken & Beef
• 2 heads Bok Choy Stems
(Leaves chopped separately)
• 1 onion chopped • Zest of 1 lemon
• 36 Wonton Wrappers

1. Preheat oven to 400. In medium saucepan, melt butter, whisk in flour and cook 2 mins. Whisk in milk and bring to boil. Remove from heat and stir in 1 cup cheddar.
2. Cook pork, beef, and chicken separately, then add Bok Choy and onion to the skillet; cook until tender.
3. Grease 3 separate ramekins and add a layer of sauce, wrappers, 1/3 of meat, (each ramekin should contain a different type of meat.)
4. Repeat this step and top with remaining sauce. Cover with foil, bake 20 mins. Uncover, top with remaining cheddar, bake until golden, about 20 mins. Serve tapas style.

Chocolate Dipped Pineapple
Melt dark chocolate, dip cubed pineapple in chocolate, sprinkle with chopped nuts and/or fresh coconut and chill.

Upscale Comfort Food
The nostalgia associated with mom’s home cooking makes Upscale Comfort Food the top food trend for the coming year.

The 2015 version of mom’s favorite recipe might call for a high-end pasta, gourmet cheeses and meats for an updated flavor, and many recipes will contain fresh and organic ingredients.


• 1 box Brownie Mix with ingredients
• 2 eggs
• ½ cup vegetable oil
• 3 tbs. water
• 1 packet refrigerated cookie dough

1. Make brownie mix according to
package directions.
2. Spray muffin tins with Pam spray.
3. Spoon brownie mixture into muffin tins
(1/2 full or less).
4. Take cookie dough and make a small disc and “float” on the brownie batter.
5. Bake for approx. 20 mins. at 350. Cool for about 10 mins. and run a plastic knife around the Brookie to release from the tin.

Hello, healthy organic homegrown meals and goodbye, fried food 

Alternative vegetarian eateries are here to stay.

Tiger Lily Café is a staple in downtown Port Jefferson. Their grab-and-go meal options offers organic, plant-based breakfast, lunch and light dinner entrees and cold-pressed juices.

(Tiger Lily Cafe, Port Jefferson,

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