The Bookshelf: Foraged Flavor

Would-be foragers out there should know about this exciting new book, Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in Your Backyard or Farmer’s Market, by Tama Matsuoka Wong, the forager for Daniel Boulud’s Daniel, and Eddy Leroux, the restaurant’s chef de cuisine. We asked Tama about some of the top foraged ingredients available at this time of year and how best to prepare them. Look for her five picks (below) in your backyard, especially in vegetable or garden beds, or ask for them at your local farmers’ market.

 

 

Shiso


When plucked from the wild, the texture and flavor of this plant’s leaves are nothing like that of the packaged shiso you’ve seen at the grocery store. Try it in Shiso Tenderloin Beef Skewers.... Read more >

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JBF Partners with Flavour Gallery for Tasty Tees

 

Our forté has been and will always be food, but lately we've been dabbling in other trades. Earlier this year we released our first book, and now we're unveiling our first clothing line. Thanks to our new partnership with Flavour Gallery, a food-themed attire company, now anyone can show their love for JBF by donning one of their "JBF Collection" t-shirts. Styles are available for men, women, and even children, and a percentage of every purchase will be donated to JBF. Browse and buy here

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Recipe: Lomo-Wrapped Shrimp with Grilled Bread, Pistou, and Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

 

Sure, bacon-wrapped shrimp is tasty, but the finger food's dated status precludes us from ever preparing it for guests, lest they be reminded of hairspray-shellacked 'dos and other '80s trappings that are best forgotten.

 

Thankfully, chef John Taus of the Corner in Philadelphia has pulled this combination back into the present: he retires the bacon in exchange for tissue-thin slices of lomo embuchado, a dry-cured pork tenderloin from Spain. A parsley-based pistou and fiery paprika vinaigrette round out this elegant, Mediterranean-inspired update.

 

Get the recipe here.  

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Recipe Roundup: Zucchini

 

To be honest, zucchini hasn't always been our favorite vegetable. It used to sit in our vegetable crisper, slowly getting spongy, while we worked our way through the other contents of our CSA box. But one day, this bright, flavorful salad totally turned us around on the summer squash. And now we can't get enough of it--we pickle zucchini and throw it into grain salads, soak strips of zucchini in garlicky olive oil and grill them until crisp and slightly charred, and freeze bags of grated zucchini to use in Jessica Seinfeld-approved quick breads all year long. If you're still wary, here are some recipes that just might make you a believer too:

 

Zucchini and Ricotta with Tomato and Olive Oil on Grilled Bread [JBF]

Grilled bread spread with creamy ricotta is the perfect foil for a... Read more >

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Market Haul: Weekend Getaway

 

We're heading to the beach this weekend and there's one thing we're definitely packing for the trip: our CSA box. During our two-day getaway, we'll be eating lunches out but cooking all of our breakfasts and dinners, so the goal is to use up as much of our haul as possible over the weekend.

 

The Haul: collard greens, Tuscan kale, cabbage, carrots, zucchini, spring onions, scallions, rhubarb

 

The Menu:

 

Day 1 Breakfast:

 

Eggs and Zucchini [Shoots and Roots]

Thin rounds of zucchini, a handful of herbs, and grated Grùyere add summery flavor to this simple omelet.

 

Baking Powder Biscuits [JBF]

James Beard's buttery biscuits are as good slathered... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of July 22

chefs at James Beard House

 

Here's what's happening at the Beard House next week:

 

Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 P.M.
Modern Italian
Touted as a “chef to watch” by Esquire, Enzo Fargione has garnered widespread acclaim for his modern Italian cuisine. At Elisir, his latest venture, the Turin-born chef lives up to his hands-on reputation with an observation deck and a live video feed of his masterful work in the kitchen.

 

Wednesday, July 25, 7:00 P.M.
Jody Adams’s Waterfront Gem
When James Beard Award winner Jody Adams tapped protégé Andrew Hebert to lead the kitchen of TRADE, her new restaurant in a revitalized waterfront neighborhood, he quickly proved to be the man for the job, dazzling diners with his mastery of bold, global flavors.

 

Thursday, July 26, 7... Read more >

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