Emerging Trend, Hopefully Not Fading…

We are seeing more and more butcher shops coming back.  In the old days, before “super centers” with their pre-packaged gassed meats, there were local butcher shops.  There was a day when people knew how to cook.  They would go to their butcher shop and find a WIDE range of cuts.  See, the butcher would get in whole animals and break them down and offer all possible cuts from this one animal with varied pricing based on the cut.  Now, at these so called “super centers” you’re lucky to see 6-8 different cuts of beef where you may see 12-18 different cuts from your local butcher.  Not only was there more variety, there was better utilization.  The whole animal was being used.  What a concept.  What’s more, these animals would come from a local source a majority of the time.

This post is not about meat butchers though.  It is certainly on the rise which is great.  But what’s more fascinating to me is the rise of the VEGETABLE BUTCHER.  Just like your friendly neighborhood meat butcher, these guys and gals will give advise, prep and perhaps have a good story about veggies and cooking in general.

From MSNBC.com:

Personal choppers: Meet the world’s first veggie butchers

They want to change the way people eat, one vegetable at a time

As Alex and Aki from Ideas in Food put it…  “This is a game changer”.  So, go out, find them, and support them.

Link to original article:

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/39690063/ns/today-food/

Ideas in food:

http://www.ideasinfood.com

New Spring Dessert

Here we are playing with our new blueberry-lemon mascapone cheesecake.  Sold a lot of them on it’s debut night…

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What’s a “Vegetarian” Burger?

There are many products out there that call themselves vegetarian burgers.  Out here, they are very popular.  You know…  Those little frozen, over seasoned hockey pucks that you just plop on the grill straight from the freezer…?  Well, I’m making my own.  It’s a black bean base with cumin, chili powder, onions and red bell pepper in the patty with some eggs and bread crumbs.  That’s grilled and served on our homemade rosemary rolls with grilled red onions, portobellos, swiss cheese and chipotle aioli.  Not a big fan of veggie burgers, but this really is very good.  I like to call it a hot vegetarian sandwich.  Delicious.

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