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Ask Your Grandparents to Predict 2017's Food Trends (Please & Thank You)

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Last year, we polled not chefs, or food authorities, or food companies— not even our staff—about what the year's food trends might look like. Instead, we asked the wisest people we know: our grandparents.

Grandparents Predict the Food Trends of 2016
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Grandparents Predict the Food Trends of 2016

We've devastated to report that their predictions didn't quite shake out. I didn't make my beloved cat her own food; the strangest thing we put booze in was probably cheesecake, which Granny has been doing since she learned how to. No one (that we know of) made a sandwich out of pasta, but some did make pie. And you submitted 516 new recipes that use almonds, and only 48 with pineapple (but boy is this Piña Colada good).

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But judging from the comments, you tend to agree: Grandparents know best (except when it comes to aspic). As Lucy put it:

"I think the kitchen wisdom of grandparents, especially grandmothers is a long overdue food trend and needs to come back in 2017. Even if you just invite them to lunch and listen. Better yet, take notes."

So we're charging you and your grandparents with our food predictions for 2017: Ask them what they are excited about in food and cooking for this coming year (in other words, what's #trending). We can't wait to learn in the comments section below!