Happy Hour: The BACARDÍ Old Cuban

Old Cuban cocktail from BACARDÍ

 

Our national epicurean tour, James Beard Foundation’s Taste America®, has been making stops all across the country this fall for fantastic, food-filled weekends. One of our favorite sips at these events has been the world-renowned Old Cuban. Invented by famed bartender Audrey Saunders during her tenure at New York City's Bemelmans Bar, the drink was specifically crafted with BACARDÍ 8 Años rum as its base, and is now recognized as a modern classic. If you can't make it to one of our final JBF Taste America stops this weekend, don't despair: we've got the Old Cuban recipe right here.

 

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Recipe: Jewel Roasted Vegetables

Ellie Krieger's Jewel Roasted Vegetables

 

A healthy diet doesn't have to rule out scrumptious and fulfilling meals. Here's a tasty, comforting, and nutritious recipe from one of our favorite Beard Award–winning books, The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger. A staple on Kriger's Thanksgiving table, the dish gets its name from the gemlike appearance of the chunky vegetables. Get the recipe here.

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Happy Hour: The Violet Hour's Hush and Wonder

The Violet Hour's Hush and Wonder cocktail

 

The Violet Hour, an elegant Chicago watering hole and 2014 Outstanding Bar Program nominee, beckons discerning clientele with many luxuries: a romantic, serene space with floor-to-ceiling curtains, high-backed blue leather chairs, flickering candles and chandeliers; fine-tuned volume levels and elbow room; and an eclectic selection of artisanal cocktails made with painstaking precision. One shining example of partner/mixologist Toby Maloney's craft is the Hush and Wonder, a rum-based libation featuring a subtle Crème de Violette rinse. With an elegant, floral undertone and bright notes from fresh lime juice and grapefruit bitters, this drink is the perfect start to your weekend. Get the recipe here.

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on ... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Vegetables

 

To celebrate the launch of our new app, James Beard Foundation Vegetables, which features an array of stunning and innovative vegetable recipes by Beard Award–winning chefs like Thomas Keller, Alice Waters, Mario Batali, and Daniel Boulud, we're highlighting some of the restaurant-quality, veg-focused dishes that have become our fall standbys:

 

Roasted Baby Root Vegetables with Grilled Bread, Fall Greens, and Bagna Cauda Dressing

Bagna cauda, a traditional Italian dipping sauce made with garlic and anchovies, is transformed into a boldly flavored vinaigrette in this gorgeous dish.

 

Fried Brussels Sprouts with Thyme, Lemon, and Chile Flakes

These crisp, deep-fried Brussels... Read more >

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Recipes: It's All Greek

Recipe for Ravani Semolina Cake with Olive Oil, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Horiatiki, a bright, rustic salad of tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta, and herbs, starts off this menu of traditional and modern Greek dishes. For the main course, go with either a hearty pastitsio (a baked pasta layered with eggplant, ricotta, and béchamel) or lamb loin stuffed with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and cheese. (Extra hungry? Serve both.) Dessert is ravani, a Greek semolina cake flavored with olive oil and orange zest, from chef Mike Isabella.

 

Domatasalata Horiatiki: Greek Village Salad

Lamb Stuffed with Feta Cheese, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, and Kalamata Olives... Read more >

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Summer Corn: Get It While You Can

Thomas Keller's creamed summer corn

 

Though the weather’s getting cooler, sweet summer corn is still available at the markets, but not for long. Make the most of the remaining days of corn season with these recipes:

 

Thomas Keller's Creamed Summer Corn

One of our favorite recipes from Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc at Home, this dish could not be easier to make.

 

Corn Custard with Greens and Country Ham

Studded with kernels of fresh summer corn, this sweet, rich custard is paired with thinly shaved country ham, sautéed greens, and a drizzle of warm apple cider gastrique.

 

Wild Striped Bass with Sweet Corn Chowder

Top an elegant, brothy chowder with pan-seared striper. Substitutes for wild... Read more >

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Introducing Our Inaugural App: JBF Vegetables

The first-ever JBF app: James Beard Foundation Vegetables

 

Presenting the first-ever JBF app: James Beard Foundation Vegetables, a collection of innovative vegetable recipes conceived by Outstanding Chef award winners (including Daniel Boulud, Alice Waters, Thomas Keller, and many others), and based on the Foundation's Best of the Best cookbook. This stunner includes sharp high-definition videos, some of the most gorgeous and intuitive step-by-step photographs we've ever seen, shopping sections tailored to each dish, and other great features. It's available now in the Apple App store—and absolutely free for JBF members.

 

Learn more at jamesbeard.org/app. Read the full press release... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Total Nonstop Action Cocktail

Total Nonstop Action Cocktail

 

Okay, so its name doesn't exactly conjure the long-weekend vibe you're probably going for, but we're still digging this cocktail from Hella Bitter co-founder Tobin Ludwig (who, thanks to Kickstarter funding, is getting ready to release a DIY bitters kit for aspiring concocters of these botanical-based ingredients). The tequila-anchored drink features a smoked saline solution (easily made by combining smoked salt and hot water), so it's going to play nicely at your Labor Day cookout.

 

Get the recipe, and happy Labor Day weekend, everyone!

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Recipe Roundup: Labor Day Menu

Grilled Hanger Steak with Peperonata

 

Pat yourself on the back for all your hard work this Labor Day Weekend with an al fresco feast that highlights end-of-summer bounty. Serve addictive starters with a juicy steak, lots of veggie sides, a refreshing cocktail, and an all-American dessert for a crowd-pleasing affair. Let this long-weekend playbook take the menu-planning off your plate (we are celebrating the labor movement, after all): 

 

Corn Fritters
These sweet-and-salty fritters celebrate a summertime staple, and are guaranteed to disappear faster than you can fry them.

 

Vadouvan-Spiced Deviled Eggs
James Beard's curried deviled eggs get a stylish... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Savoring Summer Fruit

Honeydew Soup

 

August’s bittersweet final days may be upon us, but our CSA boxes and farmers’ market totes still overflow with succulent summer fruit. A few weeks ago, we shared our ultimate guide to fruit desserts, but we know you can’t subsist on sweets alone. To help you revel in the season’s delights without overdosing on cobblers, crisps, and other sugary treats, we’ve compiled a roundup of savory fruit recipes, from chilled soups to crisp salads and gooey sandwiches.

 

Alaskan Dungeness Crab Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Melon
Herbaceous lemon verbena and sweet melon lend a subtle elegance to this simple, refreshing crab salad. 

 

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