Patricia Cobe

Patricia Cobe

Expect three megatrends to hang around for another year according to respondents: healthier comfort foods, plant-based dishes and more customization.
sopa seca
Healthy comfort food can mean different things to different diners, from veggie-packed mac and cheese on campus to lower-sodium soups for senior living.
smoked salmon cuts
Smoking, both as a cooking technique and flavor enhancer, is heating up. The NRA's 2015 Culinary Forecast named smoking one of the Top 5 preparation trends...
fettuccini web
Here’s how the University of Washington adapted fettuccine Alfredo to be suitable for gluten-sensitive eaters without losing its mass student appeal.
mendocino holiday catering
If “switchel” is Greek to you, here are some opportunities worth exploring.
Root-to-stem cooking is catching on among operators committed to using every part of the vegetable—including the peel and ends that usually get tossed.
healthy minestrone soup
To give customers and patients a healthier, lower-sodium minestrone soup, Kathleen Nielsen of McKay-Dee Hospital “cleaned up” a speed-scratch version.
brussels sprouts charring
In the past few weeks, Senior Editor Pat Cobe has noticed activity in three areas: restaurant-design, a favorite daypart and a hot cooking technique.
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Cow’s milk is the most common food allergy among babies and young children—2.5 percent of the population experience an adverse reaction, says the CDC.
What’s bubbling up in the restaurant world that may be adaptable to noncommercial foodservice? Here’s a look at a cuisine that’s poised to take off.


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In high-volume operations, few look at herb gardens as the end-all-be-all budgeting solution. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a return on the investment. The value, operators say, is in the message herb gardens and herb walls send—that an operation uses ingredients that are fresh, sustainable and healthy. Here’s how the growing areas have paid off at three operations.

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