On the Menu: March 30 through April 7

James Beard House

 

Here's what's happening this week at the Beard House and beyond:
 

Friday, March 30, 7:30 P.M. through Sunday, April 1

New Jersey Food and Wine Festival
The 4th annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival at Crystal Springs Resort is a celebration of wines and chefs from around the nation. Held at the state's only four-season resort, Crystal Springs, the weekend's events are designed to allow food and wine lovers to meet and mingle with chefs, winemakers, and fellow wine aficionados. The centerpiece of the Festival is the Grand Tasting, featuring 25 restaurants, 30 wineries, a VIP experience, a live orchestra, and an exciting silent auction. The weekend also includes a variety of dynamic chef- and winemaker-led seminars featuring award-winning small-production wines; a unique look at Crystal Springs's 120,000-bottle wine cellar; and... Read more >

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Market Haul: March 29

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It's the last CSA box of the winter season and we plan to make the most of it. This week's haul included lots of root vegetables plus just enough greenhouse greens and crunchy radishes and cabbage to make a few crave-worthy winter salads.

The Haul: watermelon radish, red kale, scallions, kohlrabi, Russet potatoes, Napa cabbage, celery root, rutabaga, carrots

The Menu Ideas:

Farro Salad with Roasted Rutabaga, Ricotta Salata, and Hazelnuts [NYT]
We make a variation of this salad at least once a month during the winter months. It's endlessly adaptable--try it with roasted squash, feta, and walnuts, or toss in a handful of dried cranberries for an extra bite of sweetness.

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Recipes from the Best of the Best: Jeremiah Tower's Mixed Vegetable Ragoût

Jeremiah Tower's recipe for mixed vegetable ragoût

 

Now that the food world is abuzz with reports of ramp sightings at farmers' markets, we know it won't be long before the rest of the season's bounty arrives, and when it does, we'll be making JBF Award winner Jeremiah Tower's vegetable medley, which sings with pure garden flavors. When preparing the dish, chef Tower uses a technique that he learned from Richard Olney: he methodically boils the ingredients separately, then progressively adds them to a simmering stock that's flavored with pearl onions and herbs, ensuring that every vegetable is cooked only for as long as it needs to be. Get the recipe here.

 

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Recipe: Guinea Hen Confit and Dumplings with Poached Egg

Recipe for Guinea Hen and Dumplings with Poached Egg

 

The Southern staple of chicken and dumplings gets a decadent upgrade in this recipe from Best Chef: Southeast nominee Joseph Lenn. The Blackberry Farm chef pairs delicate, handmade dumplings with fat-poached guinea hen, a small, flavorful bird that's related to and tastes like pheasant. If you can't find it, you can substitute free-range chicken. Get the recipe here

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Wine Wisdom: Extreme Wines

Vines planted on slopes along the Mosel River in Germany

 

When we dream of taking a jaunt to wine country, what usually springs to mind are idyllic scenes of graceful hills and orderly vines. But when Mother Nature has her say, the world of wine isn’t always so tidy and tranquil. Here are four examples of formidable winemaking, from harrowing harvests to plundering pests.

 

Vertiginous Vineyards

In areas of Germany’s Mosel region, Riesling vines are planted on 45-degree cliffs that loom over the river of the same name. Mechanical harvesting is impossible on such a dramatic incline, so workers have to strap on harnesses and rappel down the terraced slopes to gather grapes. But the tough landscape has its purpose: it provides the fruit with maximum exposure to the sun, essential for developing flavor and body in such a cool climate.

 

Hints of Lava

Steep vineyards are of lesser concern to vintners on... Read more >

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