Connie Blumenthal

The Most Seasoned Real Estate Connoisseur in Greater Seattle and Mercer Island Luxury Real Estate Markets

2013 Cooking Trends

It's that time of the year when new years resolutions start to become a nuisance and annual parties are needing the next big thing for a one up of last year. What better to inspire you than tuning into the latest cooking trends? For the year 2013, four-star restaurants in New York and  trendy organic northwest markets and cafes are all agreeing on a few key trends. Family style dining is the only way to eat out! Bring a group of food loving fanatics out to dine, have each party member chose a different entrée, then pass the plates around so everyone can grab a taste, tapas style.

Chicken has never been more popular. From bloggers nationwide to F.L. Fowler's parody and recipe book Fifty Shades of Chicken, it is every chef's challenge to dress up their chicken like never before.

Artisan cocktails have made their way into our homes. With trendy speakeasy bars like The Needle and the Thread, located in the attic of Tavern Law, and other member only/restricted bars in Seattle, the introduction of fine artisan cocktails have made their debut. Rather than a glass of wine or a gin and tonic, have an Aviation or a barrel aged manhattan. Nowadays you will see not only that cocktails are being presented as art, but they are also being crafted in front of you as entertainment. Don't underestimate this presentation at your next gala.

Not-so-sweet desserts are coming around. Forget your sweet and salty 4th course, this year it's about less sugar. Try dark cocoa dusted on Love and Quiche's new Greek yogurt cheesecake or a chocolate tart. Healthier choices like greek yogurt are higher in protein and provide great probiotics for your immune system; it is the best for your body and your indulgence.

Need more ideas, check out sites like Bon Appetit and The Gourmet Food Blog to see what the best are doing.

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