THE YEAR IN FOODFAVOURITE NEW COOKBOOK: "Cook with Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook". The recipes, photos, tips and tone make you want to dive right into this welcoming hardcover and get back in the kitchen.
FAVOURITE NEW SNACK: PC Chocolate Covered Sponge Toffee. Sure, they're just like a Crunchie bar at triple the price -- but I'll pay a premium for bite-sized.
FAVOURITE VACATION FOOD: Barbecue in Anguilla. From saucy ribs to smoky chicken, these home-spun street-side stands had me licking my fingers all week long.
FAVOURITE NEW RECIPE: Baked potato with cheddar cheese sauce and broccoli. A Wendy's inspired delight.
CANADIAN CITY TO WATCH FOR NEW RESTAURANTS IN 2009: It's a tie: Ottawa and Regina (both cities apparently being recession-proof and all.)
FOODS TO WATCH IN 2009: Potatoes, homemade soups and more poutine and charcuterie.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT OF 2008: Oprah's weight gain (but at least she finally admitted to it and my bet is we're all going to be eating healthier for it in 2009.)
GREATEST PLEASANT SURPRISE OF 2008: President Elect Obama's hot body (see what happens when you exercise and eat right, Oprah?)
MOST INTERESTING FOOD TREND FOR 2009: Meat as dessert.
WHAT I PLAN TO EAT MORE OF IN 2009: Root vegetables and chocolate (but not together.)
WHAT I PLAN TO EAT LESS OF IN 2009: Disappointing pastries.
Here's to a great New Year full of health and happiness -- and more tasty, tasty food.