JBF on the Air: Brady Lowe

Brady Lowe on Taste Matters

 

On this week's installment of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis broadcasts from out on the road, where he meets up with Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555. Brady fills us in on the sixth annual traveling culinary competition and tasting event, which aims to promote the sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs and educate chefs and attendees about snout-to-tail cooking. Click here to listen to the full episode. 

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: January 31, 2014

 

Cyborg plants could be the future in monitoring soil quality and air pollution. [Wired]

 

America's cheap food comes at a high price for low-wage workers in the industry. [Treehugger]

 

A new study finds that chances of returning to a healthy weight diminish yearly for obese children. [NYT]

 

California's drought: where food, water, and energy issues intersect. [Ecocentric]

 

Farmers' markets and crop insurance win, SNAP loses in the recently passed farm bill. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of February 2

Drinks

Photo by Tiffany Smith 

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar next week:  

 

Monday, February 3, 7:00 P.M. 

Tavern Comfort 

When he's not tending to his herd of heritage-breed pigs, farmer and chef Dan Fox is generating buzz for Heritage Tavern, one of Madison's most anticipated restaurant openings of the past year. Join Fox and his team as they prepare a feast fit for the well-traveled locavore.

 

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 P.M. 

Passion for Flavor 

An exciting homage to sustainable cuisine, this dinner is also a true family affair. Husband-and-wife team Ted and Cindy Walter of the renowned Passionfish restaurant have designed a seafood-focused menu of their exquisite French-inspired cuisine which will be paired with impeccable wines from Ryme Cellars, which is run by... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 30, 2014

Sugar

 

Is sugar the new future in gasoline? [Wired]

 

Cooking helps the economy: by legalizing the sale of homemade food in California, the state created over a thousand local business. [Forbes

 

Move over, Cronut: there's a new hybrid in town. Meet the doughscuit. [NPR]

 

College loans aren't the only worry for students: a new study shows food insecurity is, too. [Time]

 

The U.N. dispatches food aid to rebel-held refugee camp after 85... Read more >

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In Season: Meyer Lemons

Meyer lemons

 

Lemons are a beloved tool in our kitchen arsenal, but Meyer lemons, those smooth, golden citrus celebrities, are another thing entirely. Subtly sweet and deeply perfumed, this magical winter fruit will transform desserts, seafood dishes, and even pasta.

 

Crab Carbonara with Meyer Lemon, Black Pepper, and Parsley

Dress up a classic carbonara with Dungeness crabmeat and Meyer lemon zest, which gives the dish extra vibrancy.

 

Lobster Tabbouleh with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

This simple tabbouleh includes plenty of flavorful herbs and a generous amount of lobster. Serve it in endive leaves as an hors d'oeuvre or on its own as an elegant side dish.... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 29, 2014

farmer

 

Michael Pollan tackles a new subject: justice for food workers. [Truth-out

 

No cork? Condoms designed to seal up your next wine bottle are coming soon. [LAT]

 

Despite numerous attempts in the past decade, FDA is still unable to control farm antibiotics. [Wired]

 

$8 billion may be cut from food stamp program when new farm bill is revamped. [Eatocracy

 

Charges dropped for three men arrested for taking home food waste... Read more >

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Recipe: Pink Apple Crostata

Recipe for Pink Lady Apple Crostat, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

It's tough out there. It's cold. It's dark before we leave the office. And when it comes to local fruit, it's nothing but apples.

 

The antidote to all this midwinter ennui? Well, we can't help you there, but we can give you an apple recipe that's truly easier than pie.

 

Brought to us by Corkbuzz in New York City, this rustic, free-form crostata holds slices of Pink Lady apple, a variety that's tart and deeply flushed, tossed in a coriander-forward spice mixture. (If you can't find Pink Lady apples, substitute Honey Crisps or Jonagolds.)

 

And it's a cinch to prepare: just roll out your dough (don't fret if it's not a perfect circle), mound the apple filling in the middle, and fold over the edges. No pie pan or decorative crimping... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 28, 2014

pigeons

 

Amsterdam's trendy "game pâté" is rumored to be made from urban pigeons. [Smithsonian

 

The FDA has understood the health risks of giving antibiotics to livestock for years. [NPR]

 

A Wisconsin brewery is testing beer delivery via drone. No word on how the technology will determine if customers are of legal drinking age. [CBS Minnesota)

 

A former sushi chef and a farmer have teamed up to cultivate a very special kind of rice in Uruguay. [... Read more >

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Super Bowl Snacks!

Super Bowl recipes from the James Beard Foundation


While we don't always root for the same team (or even agree that watching spandex-clad men hurling themselves into a pig pile is a Sunday night well spent), we fully support the once-a-year excesses of the Super Bowl spread. Here are some of the nibbles you'll find on ours:

Guacamole
This was James Beard's to-go guacamole recipe. Keep it clean and just stick to the basic ingredients, or try adding one of Beard's various extras, like diced tomatoes, crumbled bacon, or roasted peanuts or almonds.

Pork Cracklings
Make it a true pigskin party and put some pigskin on the table. These pork cracklings are simply seasoned with salt and pepper, but feel free to experiment. The recipe includes 12 hours of... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 27, 2014

Spam

 

Spam is one of the most coveted food products in South Korea. [NYT]

 

The potato lobby pressures the USDA to include white potatoes in one of its food assistance programs. [Food Politics

 

Pig virus kills off one million piglets. How will this affect our bacon? [NPR]

 

New cookie dough and marshmallow crispy Oreo flavors are on the way. [LAT]

 

Fifteen potato chip flavors that ought to be available in America. [... Read more >

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