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‘Retro food’ is a new trend I can embrace – L’Observateur

‘Retro food’ is a new craze I can embrace

Printed 3:34 am Saturday, February 18, 2023

It is 2023 – a new year loaded with a dizzying array of food and beverage developments filtering down from the “experts.”  A few I simply just just can’t wrap my head around are kelp-primarily based burgers and sauces, weather-aware food creation, pasta designed with sweet potatoes and greens and smooth drinks infused with medication. No…just no.

Having said that, there are more than a number of trends that basically make perception and that I’m willing to consider:


  1. Plant-primarily based protein –I pray I do not get a warning from the Mississippi Beef Council.  Disclaimer: I love a good rib-eye on the grill as a lot as the following man or woman. Even so, replacing a several meat-based mostly meals with protein-wealthy beans, grains and nuts may possibly not be a undesirable matter.


  1. Immersive dining experience – Having fun with an intertaining dinner courtesy of dwell theatre performances, meal theatre and tableside company is earning a comeback from the 1940’s and 50’s. I’m on board for tableside service, a byone observe in which waiters serve diners from a rolling trolley or nearby sideboard. The final time I don’t forget this happening was at Jackson’s LeFleur’s Restaurant in the 1980’s. A server rolled a huge 5-tier cart filled to the brim with cakes, pies and other decadent desserts all over the home in purchase for diners to make a selection. Indeed, it’s undoubtedly a practice that requirements reviving.


  1. Dairy-alternative milks – I’m currently a supporter of almond milk and other flavors, but now pistachio nut milk and other flavors are coming quickly to a dairy case near you. These milk-alternate options are a good choice for dairy-intolerant cnosumers and individuals like me who don’t genuinely care for the taste of milk.


  1. Chocolate charcuterie boards – These well-known boards stuffed with every thing conceivable are set to develop into even extra preferred in 2023. The newest trend is piling chocolate-protected strawberries, chocolate bark as an alternative of monotonous crackers, chocolate truffles and other favorites on a board together with most loved fruits and cheeses.


  1. Tinned fish – Supposedly the pandemic triggered a scarcity of some clean fish, creating much more Americans to rely on tinned fish like tuna, salmon and other small species.  Not absolutely sure I can get on board with the instructed “sea-cuterie” snack boards and “tinned fish day evenings.” But I’m fine with opening a tin or two of h2o-primarily based tuna and healthy salmon any time I need to eat more healthy.


  1. Filipino food stuff – This delicacies is gaining momentum across the country, which includes in some locations of Mississippi. One particular of the most well-known Filipino dishes is adobo, regarded as the countrywide dish. A well-known model of adobo features hen or pork stewed with soy sauce, vinegar, peppercorns and garlic. Other variations consist of fish, shrimp, or lamb for the protein and coconut milk or turmeric to flavor the sauce. Elvie’s in Ridgeland is a excellent possibility for Filipino dishes prepared by its proficient chef.


  1. Small and No-Alcoholic beverages Beverages –Increasing in popularity are eating places and “bars” serving only beverages with a very low (or no) alcoholic beverages content material. “No-ABV bars,” as they are named, are great for these who just can’t or choose not to eat alcohol, but however enjoy socializing in excess of a neat beverage.


Very last, “Retro foods Reminiscent of Childhood” is lastly making a comeback. Numerous places to eat, in an energy to bring in newborn boomers, serve dishes like mac and cheese and pizza bites as appetizers. They are even including outdated-college cereals like Captain Crunch to the breakfast menu. Sadly, just one of my favored childhood/teenage breakfast foods, Welch’s Jelly Doughnuts, has been discontinued. I’ve examine that jelly doughnuts are “still readily available in the freezer situation,” but I have hardly ever found them. If you have spotted any, you should drop me an e mail so I can stock up.

In the spirit of retro, I’m sharing recipe for an aged-college dessert which is nonetheless one of my favorites. Served on numerous family Sunday meal tables, it was merely called “strawberry dessert.” I beloved (and continue to do) the pecan-stuffed shortbread-sort crust, creamy filling and thick layer of strawberries on major.

Right now, you’ll obtain it shown as blueberry delight (you can use both fruit taste), yum-yum dessert and other lovable names. Cans of pie filling are generally employed for the topping as a substitute of a do-it-yourself fruit topping. Whatsoever you call it, it interprets nicely to modern day-day dessert tables and is just as great as I remembered.

Now, if only I can find all those frozen jelly doughnuts…Welch’s, if you’re listening…


Strawberry Dessert



2 sticks butter, melted

1 cup chopped pecans

2 cups all-objective flour

Combine collectively and press into 9×11-inch Pyrex dish. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 levels. Permit neat.



8-ounce product cheese

1 cup confectioner’s sugar

2 offers Aspiration Whip-observe package directions (can substitute Neat Whip if you want)

Mix cream cheese and sugar. Fold into Desire Whip. Spread about crust



2-15.5 ounce containers of frozen slice strawberries with sugar, thawed

½ cup sugar

4 tablespoons cornstarch


Combine jointly and cook a bit around reduced warmth right until thick. Great and distribute on frosting. Chill in advance of serving.

Observe: Strawberry, blueberry or cherry pie filling may well be made use of for topping.


Kara Kimbrough is a meals and travel writer from Mississippi. E mail her at [email protected].