Wines for Your Thanksgiving Spread

Food Lover's Guide to Wine

If you’re on a last-minute hunt for Thanksgiving wines, consider one of these recommendations from two-time James Beard Award-winning authors Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg, co-authors of the new The Food Lover’s Guide to Wine (Little, Brown), which was recently named one of the five best wine books of the year by the Wall Street Journal. Whether you’re looking for a multi-sipper that goes with everything you’ve heaped on your plate or for a variety of bottles to pair with all of the trimmings, this list has you covered.   Bubbles: We toasted our wedding at Lydia Shire’s Boston restaurant Biba in 1990 with Iron Horse Wedding Cuvée, and this iconic brand has been our critical and sentimental favorite to enjoy on special occasions ever since. If you only serve one

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Culinary School at Home: How to Cook a Turkey

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When you only cook a dish once a year (like, for instance, a roasted turkey), it can be difficult to perfect. That’s why every Thanksgiving millions of Americans find themselves poring over old family recipes and studying the November issues of their favorite food magazines before even entering the kitchen. To streamline the holiday cram session, we’ve put together a collection of turkey tips and tricks from some of our favorite sites. 1. Before you start messing around with softened butter, here's how to prep a turkey. 2. Alton Brown explains “the Turkey Triangle” and other

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The Bookshelf: Julia Child's The French Chef

Julia Child's The French Chef

Now that we inhabit a supersaturated food-media world of flawless camera-ready meals, secret ingredients, and down-to-the buzzer cooking, it's no surprise that the pioneers of the genre can be overshadowed by their flashier descendents. So when Dana Polan, professor of cinema studies at New York University, came by last week's Beard on Books to discuss his latest book, Julia Child's The French Chef, we asked him some questions about Child, her groundbreaking cooking show, and the evolution of the medium.   James Beard Foundation: You write that viewers of food television in the 1960s, which was a very volatile era, took comfort in the predictability of cooking shows. Today’s food shows are more suspenseful; we don’t know if the contestants on Chopped will actually finish the dish. What

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Recipe: Brown Butter Cake with Caramelized Apples and Sour Beer Caramel

Brown Butter Cake with Caramelized Apples and Sour Beer Caramel

Yes, this week is all about pie, but this autumnal dessert from Sarah Jordan, who makes desserts at Chicago's popular GT Fish & Oyster, demands a little attention, too. Jordan coats apples in a caramel that's flavored with sour beer, a style known for its tart, fruity character. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe Roundup: November 18, 2011

mashed potaties

The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook! My All-Pie Thanksgiving Fantasy [SE] Turkey pie with a layer of cranberries. Sausage stuffing pie. Green bean casserole pie. This is Thanksgiving dinner like you've never seen it before. Warm Romanesco and Radicchio Salad with Caramelized Shallot Vinaigrette [SF Gate] A gorgeous Thanksgiving side or just your new favorite

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On the Menu: November 19 through November 26

On the Menu Monday, November 21, 6:30 P.M. Beard on Wine: Bubbly Boot Camp What better way to celebrate the most festive time of the year than with a tasting of sparkling wines from around the world? Belinda Chang and Master Sommelier Alpana Singh will lead this bubbly boot camp to get you ready for the entertaining and gift-giving season. Learn what types of sparkling wines make the best gift, which bottles to select for parties, and how to pair sparkling wine with food. Taste sparkling wines and Champagnes that are well worth the splurge and discover hidden gems that sommeliers love the the most. Tasting will feature Cava from Spain, Prosecco and Franciacorta from Italy, and prime vintage and multi-vintage sparkling wines from California and Champagne. Tuesday, November 22, 6:00 P.M.

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Recipe: Lamb Chorizo Albóndigas with Tomato Chutney

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When Marissa Gerlach made these bacon and lamb–based Spanish meatballs at the Beard House, she served them as individual skewered canapés (pictured above). We decided to make them larger so that the recipe would be more manageable for home cooks. Put them on your table as a family-style main course, with the chutney on the side, for a new spin on a Sunday supper classic. Get the recipe here.

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