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TRENDS: Flavor Combinations For 2009

Looking for palate excitement this year? McCormick, the world’s largest spice company, has developed cutting-edge flavor combinations that are sure to inspire. International influences and natural foods figure prominently in the company’s Top 10 Flavor Pairings for 2009, allowing for flavorful yet healthy dishes. After reviewing the introductions to each flavor pairing, you can click through to a delicious recipe that expresses those flavors. If you love these innovative pairings as much as we do, you can still enjoy the wonderful recipes from Flavor Trends 2008, as well.

How does a spice company decide what’s hot? McCormick draws on the expertise of sensory analysts, chefs, trend experts and food technologists. Joined by some of today’s most innovative and cutting-edge restaurant chefs, cookbook authors and TV food personalities, this collective culinary vision helps chart a delicious course for the year ahead.

Saké and mixed peppercorns: one pairing to wake
up flavor in 2009.
Influencing the flavors of 2009 are Asian-infused and internationally influenced tastes, a desire for all-natural foods and a craving for favorite ingredients reimagined with contemporary whimsy. McCormick explored these and other trends to develop the top 10 flavor pairings for 2009. See which one of the following you’d like to try first:

Pairing 1: Cayenne & Tart Cherry
Pairing 2: Chinese Five Spice & Artisan-Cured Pork
Pairing 3: Dill & Avocado Oil
Pairing 4: Garam Masala & Pepitas
Pairing 5: Mint & Quinoa
Pairing 6: Peppercorn Mélange & Saké
Pairing 7: Rosemary & Fruit Preserves
Pairing 8: Smoked Paprika & Agave Nectar
Pairing 9: Tarragon & Beetroot
Pairing 10: Toasted Sesame & Root Beer

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