February's Best Recipes



Here are our recipe tester's favorite recipes from the last month:

Patatas Bravas with Fried Eggs and Chorizo
Ryan Poli of Chicago's Tavernita adds pan-fried chorizo and eggs to this tapas-bar standard.

Shrimp Rillettes
This sweet and spicy spread from Atlanta-based chef Linton Hopkins is equally at home at a dinner party or among your beer-slugging sports buddies.

Riesling-Poached Pineapple with Rosemary Whipped Cream and Pink Peppercorns

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On the Menu: March 5 through March 8

On the MenuHere's what's happening at the Beard House and around town next week: Monday, March 5, 7:00 P.M. Fine Japanese Cuisine A protégé of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, Shuji Hiyakawa is swiftly earning his own laurels with his refined, graceful preparations of Japanese dishes—Ooka Japanese Restaurant was recently awarded “Best Sushi” by Philadelphia magazine. For this dinner, chef Hiyakawa has crafted an elegant and innovative menu. Wednesday, March 7, 12:00 P.M. Beard on Books: Margaret Roach Former Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia editorial director Margaret Roach abandoned her big-city corporate life to find solitude and authenticity in

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Awards Watch: Alton Brown to Host the 2012 JBF Awards

Alton Brown at the 2010 James Beard Awards ceremony

Award-winning television personality and author Alton Brown will host the 2012 James Beard Awards, which will take place on May 7 at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York City. Brown, who co-hosted the 2010 Awards with Lidia Bastianich and Wolfgang Puck, is best known as the host of the popular Food Network show, Good Eats, which aired its final episode last month. The theme of the 2012 Awards is "25 Years of Food at its Best," marking the Foundation's silver anniversary. Chefs who have been invited to cook at the reception will prepare dishes inspired by recipes from James Beard's classic cookbooks. See the full release here.

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Recipe: Zesty Fried Brussels Sprouts


Many former Brussels sprouts resisters will attest that their first taste of the bite-sized buds in roasted form is what made them see the light. We think this simple recipe for fried Brussels sprouts from Louisville-based chef John Varanese will keep the converts fully ensconced in the pro-Brussels sprouts camp. Varanese quickly fries the vegetables in oil until crispy, then tosses them in a Dijon vinaigrette that's flecked with red onion and capers. Get the recipe here.

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