Eat This Word: Vacherin

vacherin

 

WHAT?  Several cow’s milk cheeses, both French and Swiss in origin, go by the name Vacherin, which contains the French word for cow, vache. Some are made specifically for fondue; others are so soft they’re eaten with a spoon. To make matters even more confusing, the word is also used for a French meringue dessert. The dessert, it’s true, was named for the cheese, which it’s said to resemble. Rings of meringue are stacked on top of one another to form a basket, which is filled with fruit and ice cream, whipped cream, or crème chantilly, and then prettily decorated.

 

WHERE? Virginia Rising Stars

 

WHEN? September 9, 2014

 

HOW? Virginia Peanut Vacherin with Oat Dacquoise, Raw Sugar Meringue, and Peanut Praline Ice C... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 27, 2014

Vegetables

 

Double Up Food Bucks brings fresh produce to food stamp recipients. [NBC

 

A life-changing program in the Bay Area offers the homeless a fresh start in the food service industry. [Huffington Post

 

Chinese farmers are growing pears that look like babies. [The Daily Meal

 

Will food boats become the next food trucks? [NPR

 

In sweets we trust: a look at each state's iconic dessert.  [... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Savoring Summer Fruit

Honeydew Soup

 

August’s bittersweet final days may be upon us, but our CSA boxes and farmers’ market totes still overflow with succulent summer fruit. A few weeks ago, we shared our ultimate guide to fruit desserts, but we know you can’t subsist on sweets alone. To help you revel in the season’s delights without overdosing on cobblers, crisps, and other sugary treats, we’ve compiled a roundup of savory fruit recipes, from chilled soups to crisp salads and gooey sandwiches.

 

Alaskan Dungeness Crab Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Melon
Herbaceous lemon verbena and sweet melon lend a subtle elegance to this simple, refreshing crab salad. 

 

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JBF in the News: Expo Milano in National Geographic

The future American Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

No one's ever been hungry at a world's fair: ice cream cones, waffles, and popcorn are just some of the formerly underexposed foods that broke into the mainstream thanks to the exhibitions, while foreign countries have used the gatherings to share their cuisines on a global stage.

 

Yesterday, on NationalGeographic.com, Mary Beth Albright looked ahead to Expo Milano 2015, the first world's fair to focus exclusively on food. She also previews the USA Pavilion, highlighting its ambitious design elements, such as a functioning vertical garden, and its planned exhibits on obesity, GMOs, and other hot food-system topics. The James Beard Foundation and the International Culinary Center are leading the American pavilion's conception and buildout. More on that ... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 26, 2014

 

From esquites to jerk seasoning, a look at how the rest of the world eats corn. [HuffPo

 

Paula Deen, unintentional hipster? The growing trend of artisanal lard. [Modern Farmer

 

It turns out breakfast may not be the most important meal of the day. [The Atlantic

 

Colorado is the latest state to put a GMO labeling bill on the ballot. [WaPo

 

Quinoa may top American grocery lists, but how will it fare in Kazakhstan? [... Read more >

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Recipe: James Beard's Steak Sandwiches

James Beard's Steak Sandwich recipe

 

The ever-opinionated James Beard held strong convictions about sandwiches, declaring them to be "one of our major glories—and also sometimes one of our major disgraces,” so we’re confident that his recipe for a robust rump steak sandwich will be a triumph in your kitchen.

 

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Video: Marc Murphy's Favorite Sandwich

 

JBF Award–winning chef and Food Network star Marc Murphy may have spent his early childhood in far-flung locations such as Paris, Milan, and Rome, but his favorite sandwich is decidedly all-American. Watch the video above for details, and stay tuned for more sandwich-related video content, as we continue to tap renowned chefs for their favorites during National Sandwich Month.

 

Murphy is also traveling to Seattle in September for James Beard Foundation's Taste America®, our ten-city epicurean tour of exclusive dining events, cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and more. Get details about Taste America and buy tickets here. Follow the festivities on Twitter with ... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 25, 2014

Apple Pie

 

The history of America's long love affair with apple desserts. [History Channel

 

New FDA regulations endanger American artisanal cheese production. [Chicago Reader

 

This year's Alaska State Fair will feature Guinness World Record–breaking vegetables. [NPR

 

Eat Mor Chikin (and waffles): Chick-Fil-A tries to keep up with the growing fast-food breakfast market. [Food Beast

 

Here is how to cut all... Read more >

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Recipe: Fish Sandwich with Chile-Lime Mayo

Mark Bittman's Fish Sandwich with Chile-Lime Mayo

 

For this penultimate summer weekend, here's a classic beachside sandwich from 2014 Leadership Award recipient Mark Bittman. Ever the health-minded cook, he permits grilling or boiling fish instead of frying it.

 

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Happy Hour: French Pearl Cocktail

Pegu Club's French Pearl Cocktail

 

At our recent Cocktails Through the Ages event, we savored this refreshing, elegant libation created by mixologist Audrey Saunders of Pegu Club, one of New York City's most renowned cocktail institutions. The French Pearl is a tribute to the Beaux-Arts Neoclassical architectural movement of the late 1800s in France, an era in which sipping pastis was quite fashionable. The “pearl” refers to the visual opacity of the drink—an effect referred to as “louching,” which naturally occurs when any anise-flavored liqueur or spirit meets water. Get the recipe here. 

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on ... Read more >

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