|SPARKS, Md. (January 9, 2014) – For most home cooks, using a French coffee press to create a tasty soup broth, a Panini press to “grill” meat or a microwave to make a delicious custard might seem unconventional. However, during a time of year when many are cooking warm, comforting meals inside their kitchens, these ideas on making the most of small appliances and available ingredients start to make perfect sense.
“Pressure cookers are becoming a popular kitchen tool – you see them everywhere,” said Chef Kevan Vetter of the McCormick Kitchens. “Many people, however, might not know what to do with one – or that it’s actually really easy to get different kinds of flavors and meals from it.”
He continued, “Cooking in 2014 and beyond is going to be about maximizing the appliances you have on hand, and using ingredients in multipurpose, creative ways to get the big flavors we all crave. For example, there’s a good chance you have something as simple and affordable as tea in your kitchen cabinets – did you ever think about using it as a cooking liquid, a savory spice rub or even adding it to a marinade?”
According to Chef Vetter, these tips and others like them were inspired by the Clever Compact Cooking trend from McCormick’s® Flavor Forecast® 2014: 125th Anniversary Edition. The trend, which highlights the inventive ways urban home cooks with limited space are still creating bold flavor, has helped cultivate a new kind of cooking – and a thoughtful, efficient way to explore flavors – relevant in all kitchens everywhere.
New Ways to Create Big Flavors
- Savory Steep – Make Vegetable “Pho” with Tea Broth using a French coffee press. It’s the perfect base for a vegetable version of Vietnamese pho, a comforting noodle soup.
- Microwavable Desserts – Prepare Easy Lemon Tea-Infused Custard with Candied Apricots in individual serving cups in the microwave. The bright flavor from the lemon tea is perfectly complemented by ground ginger and candied apricots.
- Pressure Cooking 2.0 – Cook Cajun Spiced Chicken Risotto in a pressure cooker for a creamy dish with just the right bite to the rice; no stirring needed. Or, make Corn Chowder with Smoked Tea and Chorizo in about 30 minutes.
- Indoor Grilling – Grill Tea-Rubbed Pork Chops seasoned with ground black tea, Chinese Five Spice and grated orange peel on a Panini press for big, grilled flavor any time of the year. A crisp citrus broccoli slaw balances the intense flavor of the pork.
- One Pot Wonders – Using one pot for Greek Spaghetti requires a small amount of water and no draining! Greek mountain tea and oregano build the foundation for a Greek-style sauce with feta cheese and Kalamata olives.
Visit www.FlavorForecast.com for more flavors, trends and recipes to try in 2014.
The Flavor of Together
Together with its Flavor Forecast 2014: 125th Anniversary Edition, McCormick is inviting people across the country to share their flavor stories – including those about the warm, comforting foods enjoyed during the winter – at www.FlavorofTogether.com. For every story shared on any of McCormick’s brand websites or social channels, McCormick will donate $1, up to $1.25 million, to United Way to help feed those in need.
About Flavor Forecast
Since 2000, McCormick has been on the forefront of identifying emerging culinary trends through its signature Flavor Forecast, a delicious expression of our passion for flavor. This annual look at the future of flavor is highly anticipated, acting as a catalyst for innovation within the broader food industry. The Flavor Forecast makes a difference in the way people create and experience food around the world. Visit www.flavorforecast.com for more information.
McCormick & Company, Incorporated is a global leader in flavor with $4 billion in annual sales. Drawing upon its heritage in spices and herbs, McCormick manufactures markets and distributes spices, seasoning mixes, condiments and other flavorful products to the entire food industry – retail outlets, food manufacturers and foodservice businesses – in more than 110 countries. Since its founding in 1889 by Willoughby M. McCormick in Baltimore, Md., McCormick has demonstrated a strong commitment to the communities in which it operates and the planet as a whole. Throughout the years, a focus on its core values of ethical behavior, teamwork, high performance, innovation and concern for its employees has allowed McCormick to grow its business globally, while driving positive change to the environment, within its communities, and for its employees. For more information, visit www.mccormickcorporation.com.