Based on my reading of the December issue of Food & Wine, I've got two observations:
1. Hand pies are the new whoopie pies, suggesting that the small pie trend is here to stay. What's next, Little Debbie Oatmeal Cream Pies? (Not that I am complaining, mind you. I love LD Oatmeal Cream Pies.)
2. At some point over the last few years, people stopped smoking cigarettes and started smoking...everything else. Smoking's not a new cooking technique, but these days it is absolutely everywhere. The December F&W includes a recipe asking for smoked butter - something that I'm sure would've sounded odd even a few years ago. Now, it's just standard.