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What's Your Favorite Trendy Ingredient of 2008?

What's Your Favorite Trendy Ingredient of 2008?

Much like fashion or beauty, the epicurean world ebbs and flows. Certain ingredients or techniques fade away into obscurity while others suddenly come to the culinary forefront.

This year it was all about the pig — using the whole thing, from snout to tail. Exotic berries from goji to acai were all the rage. Ingredients with health benefits, such as antioxidant-rich fruits, continued to gain momentum. Which of these items do think is the Best of 2008?


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mtiger mtiger 8 years
Bacon isn't a trend, but I picked it because I love it! Bacon can go into everything!
gingrlj gingrlj 8 years
I picked ginger since I'm finding ways to add the crystallized version in my baking. Could have been a tie with pomegranates.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 8 years
Bacon is not new.... I LOVE BLACK COD!!!
Just-Oh Just-Oh 8 years
Gotta be pork belly. Michael Ruhlman's pork belly caesar salad still rules!!!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 8 years
I love Bacon. Mmmmm.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I'm going with pomegranates because I absolutely LOVE those things. And it's always good to eat more antioxidants, so that's another plus to eating them.
0037sammie 0037sammie 8 years
Bacon = Fatness. Pomegranate all the way, baby!
soul-bypass soul-bypass 8 years
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Pomegranate is the BIGGEST food trend of 2008... i say acai is 2009's big thing though. Rock Star energy drinks has a pomegrante flavor... 'nuff said.
chiefdishwasher chiefdishwasher 8 years
BACON wrapped dogs. What a trend!
w w 8 years
bacon ftw. even though i don't consider it trendy either. then i scrolled down and saw pork belly, and since technically pork belly makes bacon, i decided to choose that instead. one for the darkhorse!
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
I love bacon, but sorry I don't feel that it is a trend food. So, I said Pomegranate Yum!
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
Tea! Because I love the stuff.
Gossamer Gossamer 8 years
pomegranate!!!! but then again being Arab, i eat it all the time even before it was trendy. We buy it by the box loads.
ohbaby7 ohbaby7 8 years
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
My mom's got a longstanding tradition of making me stewed pork belly whenever I come home to visit. It's so delicious.
marie-lee marie-lee 8 years
I picked pomegranate but pork belly would be my second choice...seems to me, they've both been mentioned everywhere I look this past year.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
Bacon and pork belly (same thing, anyway, pretty much).
Misalady Misalady 8 years
I really liked the pomegranate trend, but how can a girl not LOVE bacon? Bacon it is. Mmm... bacon.
zacatecanita zacatecanita 8 years
I love Pomegranate! I like to eat them alone or with smoothies even the guacamole recipe looked goos..even though it takes me forever to de-seed it.
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
In the words of the beggin dog: BEGGIN'!! :D
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
I have a hard time stomaching the bacon trend. No offense to anyone who likes bacon, it's just the way it's being used sounds so gross to me.
soapbox soapbox 8 years
I went for the black cod, because to me, ginger, bacon (though I don't eat bacon), tea, pork belly and pomegranate are classics. Besides, black cod is one of my all time favorites!
krae85 krae85 8 years
I LOVE Pomegranate - It's delicious!
crystalm07 crystalm07 8 years
Bacon has always been's only recently that there is Pomegranate flavored everythinggggg
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