If you're in the Midwest and you're craving hot chicken, look no further than Hot Chicken Takeover in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo: Jess Kapadia.)
If you’re in the Midwest and craving hot chicken, look no further than Hot Chicken Takeover in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo: Jess Kapadia.)

Happy New Year and welcome back to Food Republic! We did a lot of reflecting on 2015 and even set some resolutions. If those don’t hold up, making some Italian sausage, cotechino, will certainly make you feel lucky. The overwhelming amount of food-trend predictions once again stared us in the face, so we read them and rated them for you. We also made it out to Columbus, Ohio, over the break and found amazing tacos and…wait for it… hot chicken. All that and more, on this week’s Hot Topics on Food Republic.

  1. Columbus, Ohio, has some of the best tacos in the Midwest and much more great food.
  2. Climate change may actually be doing Western Canadian wine a favor.
  3. We asked our butcher how we could make 2016 our luckiest year. He taught us to make cotechino.
  4. Your kitchen probably needs a cleanse. Here’s our guide to purging your kitchen.
  5. Food Crimes caught up with a cofounder of Rumi Spice and discussed the pros and definite cons of the saffron business.
  6. Here are the latest new restaurant alerts: Fried chicken will be consumed in Miami.
  7. The weather outside is frightful, but this soup with glazed pork, noodles and dumplings is oh so delightful.
  8. Some of our writers reflected on the best dishes they had in 2015 while traveling abrooad.
  9. We read and rated all the 2016 food trends so you don’t have to.
  10. We headed out to Oakland, California, to check out Hopscotch’s cool digs in our latest episode of Design Details.