Recipe: Vadouvan-Spiced Deviled Eggs

Vadouvan-Spiced Deviled Eggs James Beard himself wrote that no matter what you serve at a cocktail party, stuffed eggs disappear more rapidly than anything else. (He also advised to boil one or two extra eggs, because “the temperamental hen sometimes upsets your plans with a misplaced yolk.”) This New Year's Eve, we're making loads of Beard's curried deviled eggs, but with a sophisticated substitute: vadouvan, a masala-like, French–Indian spice. Get the recipe here.

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On the Menu: December 24 through December 31

Wednesday, December 28, 7:00 P.M. Elaborate Formal Holiday Dinner Join us for a grand dinner inspired by The French Menu Cookbook, by Richard Olney, legendary cook, author, and personal friend of James Beard. Chef Jonathon Sawyer, known for his commitment to sustainable food, is also a JBF Rising Star semifinalist and 2010 Food & Wine Best New Chef. Saturday, December 31, 9:00 P.M. New Year's Eve Celebration Ring in the new year with a festive Beard House dinner party! This impressive team of Art Institute culinary masters has created a lavish menu to usher in the coming year with gusto. The meticulously prepared dinner, with wines from the family-owned Coturri Winery, will make the perfect

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Recipe Roundup: Holiday Hors d'Ouevre

Olympia biscuits


Nothing says it's the holiday season like a silver tray laden with decadent, bite-sized nibbles. In the spirit of James Beard, whose first cookbook was entitled Hors d'Ouevre and Canapés, here's a selection of some of our favorite little party-starters. Foie Gras Cuban Sandwiches [JBF] A touch of jalapeño pesto and spiced bananas add zip to this indulgent cousin of the Cubano. Oyster Mushroom Cappuccino with White Truffle Oil [JBF] This creamy, earthy soup looks extra-fancy when served in demitasse cups.

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Recipe Roundup: Holiday Dinner Menu

Chilled Oysters with Cucumber Water

This Christmas, forget the goose and sticky pudding and serve this decadent, nontraditional menu instead. This meal would also be perfect for an intimate New Year's Eve dinner party. Chilled Oysters with Cucumber Water Sweet and briny oysters on the half shell are paired with a spicy cucumber–ginger mignonette. Fennel and Arugula Salad This light, lemony salad can be taken to the next level with a pinch of fennel pollen and a little smoked sea salt. Lobster Stew An indulgent, yet homey, main course from Canal House's Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer.

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Recipe Roundup: Holiday Cookies

holiday cookies

There are many reasons to appreciate holiday cookies: they satisfy even the most overbearing of in-laws; they’re sweet sustenance for shivering carolers; and they bring us all together via a shared love for creamed sugar and butter. While every family has their own cookie traditions, we hope to add to the season’s sprit with a few of our own festive recipes.

Let’s Sugar Cookies
Throughout his childhood, James Beard enjoyed these simple, elegant sugar cookies made by Jue Let, the Beard family’s personal chef. But don’t be fooled by their innocent looks: the cookies contain mace, the outer membrane of nutmeg that packs a more pungent flavor.

Lavender Short

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Recipe: Turkey Chili

turkey chili

Now that we've recovered from last month's turkey overdose, it's time to reembrace this lean bird in an otherwise overindulgent holiday season. Here, JBF staff member Nancy Kull uses ground turkey, red kidney beans, and a slew of spices to make a lighter but still plenty satisfying chili. Get the recipe here.

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