Recipe Roundup: Cooking for a Crowd

Joanne Bondy's farmer's macaroni and cheese

 

It's been two weeks since Hurricane Sandy touched down in New York and New Jersey, but many of the hardest hit communities are still reeling. For those of us who live nearby and want to help, providing food to those without power or running water is a great way to get involved. Most FEMA and community-organized relief sites will accept donations of homemade food, and hot meals are particularly appreciated. Here are a few of the recipes we turn to when cooking for a crowd:

 

Baked Orzo with Eggplant and Mozzarella [Smitten Kitchen]

Adapted from a recipe by vegetable maestro Yotam Ottolenghi, this hearty yet not-too-heavy baked pasta is perked up with a pinch of lemon zest and pillowy bites of fried eggplant. Canned tomatoes can be substituted for fresh when out of season.

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Recipe: Tajine of Seafood Chermoula

Michelle Bernstein's recipe for tajine of seafood chermoula

 

One of our go-to resources for seafood recipes is Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, a California-based program that educates businesses, diners, and shoppers about environmentally-minded marine life consumption. The recipes have been loaned by some of America's favorite chefs, including Rick Bayless, Mario Batali, and Alton Brown, so they're guaranteed to become delicious staples in your kitchen. Better still, they're made with species that appear on the aquarium's "Best Choices" and "Good Alternatives" lists, which means your meal will have little to no impact on our oceans' health. Lately we can't get enough of JBF Award winner Michelle Bernstein's contribution to the Seafood Watch collection: a steamy tajine of... Read more >

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JBF Hits Times Square

JBF has had a strong presence in New York City this year. In May we were honored with an Empire State Building illumination. This month we've headed a few blocks uptown to Times Square, where the snazzy, sky-high Jumbotron will display a short video featuring the Foundation and some of its valued partners through New Year's Day. Watch the clip below, or be sure to look up if you find yourself at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue this holiday season.

 

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On the Menu: Week of November 11

Behind the scenes in the Beard House kitchen

 

Fall Truffle Celebration

Monday, November 12, 7:00 P.M.

Mysterious, pungent white truffles are the most prized of all the truffle varieties: during the treasured tuber's brief fall season, it's wise to enjoy it as often as time (and one's wallet) allows. To celebrate the fleeting fungi, Baltimore-area celebrity chef Cindy Wolf will be joining us at the Beard House for a lavish, truffle-scented feast.

 

South Texas Coastal Catch

Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 P.M.

Karey Johnson is an expert on seafood, and not just because she has a lifetime of experience preparing it under her belt: she's also a firm advocate for sustainable fishing and farming. Join us for a taste of her robust coastal cooking, which will showcase the pristine... Read more >

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Post-Election Craving: Chocolate

Michael Reardon's chocolate–caramel tartlets with fleur de sel

 

You survived the election: why not treat yourself to a dessert all Americans can get behind? Here are a few showstopping chocolate recipes that will appeal to everyone. 

 

Chocolate-Caramel Tartlets with Fleur de Sel

This gorgeous tart features a buttery chocolate crust layered with creamy caramel, an extra-intense chocolate ganache, and a sprinkling of fleur de sel for a stunning presentation. 

 

Warm Valrhona Chocolate Cake 

France's prized Valrhona chocolate is the star of this rich soufflé cake. For a very runny center, undercook the cake a little bit and serve immediately. 

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Join Sommeliers and Chefs in Hurricane Sandy Relief

 

Many of our friends and neighbors are still reeling from Hurricane Sandy. We've teamed up with some of America's top sommeliers and chefs to support the critical relief efforts. If you're looking for a way to help, you can donate directly to the Red Cross through this fundraiser. As a bonus, anyone who donates a minimum of $25 will automatically be entered to win a dinner for two at Michael Mina's renowned RN74 in San Francisco.

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