Test Your Eat-Q: Culinary Innovations

egg beater We may take them for granted today, but the microwave, blender, and countless other kitchen tools were once groundbreaking inventions that revolutionized the way we cook. Think you know a thing or two about the history of kitchen gadgets? Take a stab at this question: Craig Claiborne called which machine “perhaps the best food invention since toothpicks”? A.  Blender B.  Food processor C.  Silicone spatula D.  Dutch oven Take our complete quiz on culinary innovations here!

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Recipe: Pea Cake with Strawberry Marmalade

pea cake with strawberry marmalade
At this time of year, it's common to see peas and strawberries side by side at the farmers' market, but they tend to keep their distance in the kitchen, relegated to their respective realms of savory and sweet. But at New York's Má Pêche, Tien Ho brings these two stars of spring together in a spongy, easy-to-make cake. Get the recipe here.

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On the Menu: New England with a French Twist

Robert Krajewski and Lynette Mosher At the charming Lily Bistro, husband-and-wife team Robert Krajewski and Lynette Mosher masterfully blend the flavors of the French countryside with locally sourced Maine ingredients. Alums of venerable New England restaurants like Olives, Clio, and Biba, the chefs are returning to the Beard House this Monday with a spring-inspired dinner of their sophisticated bistro fare. Seats are still available, so make your reservation here. (In case you need more convincing, the lovely menu is below.) Hors d’Oeuvre Crispy Head Cheese with Fennel Mustard Fruit Rabbit Terrine with Tarragon, Pickled Grapes, and Brioche Blood Sausage with Potato Confit Petit Moules Frites Smoked Brandade with

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On the Menu: North Carolina Luxury

Scott Crawford and Steven Greene A calming oasis just outside Raleigh, the magnificent Umstead Hotel and Spa is a much sought-out destination for food-savvy travelers. At Herons, the hotel’s elegant eatery, executive chef Scott Crawford, a 2011 JBF Award semifinalist, and chef de cuisine Steven Greene fuse art and nature in their locally sourced and strikingly presented Southern-inflected menu. The duo will bring their oh-so-lovely cuisine to the Beard House this Friday; take a look at the menu below, then click here to make a reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Yuzu Explosion with Cilantro, Peanuts, and Spices Champagne Jelly with White Raspberries and Mint Bay Scallops with Lime Oil and Basil Flowers Pairing: Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée NV Dinner Sunchoke Vichyssoise with Dungeness

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Strawberry Recipes

Tri-Star Strawberry Shortcake


Cooling Salad with Strawberry Dressing
Proving that strawberries aren't just for dessert, Andrea Beaman blends them with balsamic vinegar to make a dressing for this refreshing salad.


Strawberry–Rhubarb Crunch
Leave the homemade pie dough for another day and use the springtime filling of strawberries and rhubarb in this in-a-snap crunch.


Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Grand Marnier–Soaked Strawberries
The last thing we want to do on a hot day is break a sweat in the kitchen. This

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