The Cannabis Conundrum, The Event you Need to Attend.

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With cannabis now legal in California it opens up a whole new slew of doors for the edible industry. With the legalized of Prop 64 a lot of questions are also raised, is making and selling edibles now legal? What actions does one have to go through to start in the cannabis industry? Trust us when we say that the edible industry may be in a little bit of a grey zone at the moment.

Now you may be asking yourself these questions or just generally curious about what and what isn’t legal with cannabis now. Fortunately the San Francisco Professional Food Society and the Research Chef Association have already organized a seminar that can help answer all your questions! A seminar will be held on March 28th in Burlingame where top local regulatory lawyers and scientist will discuss regulations and safety in the cannabis edible space. That means you can go to this seminar and already get a jump start on what you need to know in what can only be a fast growing industry.

If you are interested in learning more about the edible word and where you may stand, you can get tickets to the event here.

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Lady Gaga is Launching a Line of Wine Called Grigio Girls

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Everyone’s favorite pop star is about to launch her very own line of wine. Lady Gaga dazzled people over the weekend with her amazing Half Time performance at the Superbowl and quickly after announced her world tour for her latest album “Joanne”.

Soon after, Gaga also announced her plans to launch a wine collection called “Grigio Girls” which is also the title of a song on her recent album. The line will include wine, wine coolers, wine cocktails, and wine punches.

It’s no surprise that Gaga is dipping her toe into the wine industry, she often shows her culinary skills on her Instagram and Snapchat. There is no official release date for when this wine collection will hit shelves or where the “Grigio Girls” will be selling at but lets hope my local BevMo has it because this Little Monster can’t wait to try it!

McCormick Debuts Their Spring Product Line

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Spring is just around the corner, thank goodness, and McCormick has introduced us to their new spring product line that will be hitting shelves soon. McCormick listened to their customers and are exploring flavors from various regions but making it easy for the consumer to get the flavor they are looking for.

With their McCormick Grill Mates we are seeing a blend of flavors from sweet to spicy, including Hawaiian Woodfire Grill Marinade, Garlic, Herb, and Wine Marinade, and Southwest Chipotle Burger Sauce Mix-In. McCormick knows that consumers are really into chilies this year and even has a Bacon Chipotle seasoning.

Stubb’s is coming out with meat specific marinades and mixes. A Texas Steakhouse Marinade Mix which includes Ancho Chili and Garlic is sure to be a hit but they also stay with a classic taste like the Chicken Marinade Mix with Citrus and Onion.

Zatarain’s is adding a whole bunch of heatt to their flavor combinations including Cheddar Jalapeno Cornbread Mix and a Cajun Hot Sauce. Adding to their rice flavor they are introducing a Cilantro Lime Rice and a Buttermilk Biscuit Mix.

These are just a few of the new flavors that McCormick will be introducing during the spring lineup. Which flavors are you excited to try?

Spice Up your Cookies with these Added Ingredients

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Can you really ever go wrong with a cookie? Most likely not, unless you super burn them like I occasionally do, but lets not ponder on that. Cookies are amazing and diverse but sometimes we are tired of the same old chocolate chip or sugar cookie and want a little more oomph with our dough.

Fortunately we have a wide variety of spices that actually work great in your cookie dough recipes! I know it sounds weird to add “spice” to cookies, but honestly it will only enhance their flavors and make your taste buds explode with the flavor that follows. So the next time you are baking a batch of your favorite cookies, why not try adding these ingredients too.

Black pepper paired with unsweetened cocoa powder will add a touch of heat that you are looking for. The heat of the pepper will help offset the super sweetness of the cookie and only make it better. If pepper isn’t spicy enough for you then try cayenne. Cayenne will bring even more heat to the cookie and if you throw it in with some chocolate you are going to be loving the flavor combination!

Curry goes great with cookies. When you think of components that go into making curry it actually makes sense adding the spice to a dough, especially a ginger bread or shortbread cookie. The flavors just go hand-in-hand together.

What spices do you love adding to your cookies for an added flavor?

Starbucks is Ending their Evening Menu

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Millennials everywhere are taking a moment to mourn the loss of the Starbucks evening menu. The evening menu was specifically served at night which featured small artisan plates that paired with beer and wine. The program started in 2010 but only at select Starbucks.

January 10th, today, is the final day for the evening menu but fear not, Starbucks will continue to serve alcohol at their high-end Roasteries and Reserve stores. They plan on opening at least 20 Roasteries around the world, six of those being open by the end of 2019. Starbucks’ also plans on opening 1,000 more Reserve stores, which is like a normal Starbucks only bigger.

Starbucks wants their focus to be more on the lunch menu now and is trying to expand their fresh and healthy-food selection. Keep a look out for organic soups, new bistro boxes, to-go salads, and desserts to name a few.

2017 the Year of the FridgeCam

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2017 is here and remarkable gadgets have already hit the market. What gadget are we referring to? The FridgeCam, an invention that makes all grocery shopping a little easier and deciding if you need that bottle of wine an easy decision.

Smarter, a London based company, introduced us to FridgeCam which does exactly what it sounds like; shows you the contents of what is inside of your fridge. The FridgeCam can also send you reminders for expiration dates and what groceries are running low.

Now Smarter didn’t make this product just to make your life easier but to actual help cut down on food waste by letting its user know that they have food that is about to go bad. It will also tell you if your fridge temperature is off and if food has been removed from the fridge.

We like the idea behind FridgeCam but not sure if it is something we would use ourselves. As our Boss says, I have eyes. Is the FridgeCam something that you would use?

 

The Most Popular Food We Ate this Year

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With 2016 winding down and new trends emerging, let’s reflect back on some of the best and most popular dishes that were being order and made all throughout 2016.

Mac and cheese tops the list of popular dishes for 2016 and we aren’t surprised. This classic can be made numerous ways with a vegetarian or meat option. With restaurants opening up that solely focus on this dish and food trucks offering it up, we are sure to continue seeing a rise of mac and cheese.

Southern fried chicken with waffles and southern fried chicken with oxtail made the list as well. We’ve never tried the latter but chicken and waffles are always a favorite of someones in your group. Mixing savory with sweet, what more could a person ask for? Rounding out the list is tonkotsu ramen which is perfect any time or day of the week.

GrubHub expects to see a rise in ternera, tamales, poke, spam mushubi, tater tots and pho to name a few in 2017. If these trends continue to go with these added new recipes, it looks like 2017 will be a tasty year!