Recipe: Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Eggplant and Tomatoes

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Eggplant and Tomatoes

 

Continuing with our National Sandwich Month theme, here's a spin on a classic grilled cheese from Joan Nathan's Beard Award–winning cookbook, The New American Cooking. Nathan's secret to grilled-cheese perfection? Weigh down your sandwich while it's frying in the pan; the bread with brown more evenly and the cheese will thoroughly melt. 

 

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Recipe: A Perfect Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich

A Perfect Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich

 

August is National Sandwich Month, so our programming here at Delights & Prejudices is switching to all things sammy.

 

To kick off our theme, we're reaching into the JBF Book Award archive for a sandwich from 2009's Cookbook of the Year, Fat, by chef, food stylist, and fat advocate Jennifer McLagan. Supported by common sense and science, McLagan comes to the defense of an often maligned ingredient, arguing that fat is an indispensable nutrient and flavor enhancer. The book features recipes that cleverly employ oil, butter, or animal fats, such as her Perfect Bacon, Lettuce, and Tomato Sandwich, which is slathered with a bacon fat–enriched mayonnaise.

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Happy Hour: The Vermouth Cassis Cocktail

Vermouth Cassis cocktail, courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

 

"An ideal summer drink" according to James Beard, this fetching cocktail is anchored in French vermouth and club soda, with a whisper of crème de cassis to balance the bitter fortified wine. The next time you're in the mood for an Americano (Campari, sweet vermouth, club soda), take the Vermouth Cassis for a spin.

 

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Recipe: Ecuadorian Shrimp Ceviche

Recipe for Ecuadorian Shrimp Ceviche

 

This authentic Ecuadorian recipe comes from JBF staffer Patricia Loyola. "Every time I go home it's the first thing I eat," she says.

 

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Recipe: Grilled Hanger Steak with Peperonata

Grilled Hanger Steak with Peperonata

 

This summery Italian-inspired recipe is packed with flavor, yet can come together in under an hour.

 

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Not Your Mama's Frozen Desserts

Tangerine Creamsicle Float

 

Cool down with an icy, refreshing treat, preferably one that blends unusual but ingenious flavor combinations or intriguing techniques (like creamy sorbet you make in the food processor).

 

Tangerine Creamsicle Float

For her spin on the classic soda shop float, pastry chef Megan Romano combines the iconic flavors of a creamsicle with the frothy, bubbly texture of a New York-style egg cream soda.

 

Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sundae

Candied peanuts and popcorn. Rich fudge sauce. Homemade salted caramel ice cream. Cindy Bearman of ABC Kitchen shows us how it's done.

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Recipe: Lime Flan Parfait with Blueberries and Watermelon Granita

Lime Flan Parfait with Blueberries and Watermelon Granita

 

Extra layers are usually the last thing we want during summer, but we can't get enough of this creative parfait, which features multi-textural strata of lime flan, lime curd, watermelon granita, and fresh blueberries. Heather Carlucci served this unique dessert at a recent Chefs & Champagne fête in the Hamptons. 

 

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Recipe: Food-Processor Sorbet

Recipe for Cantaloupe and Sun Tea Sorbet, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

A refreshing sorbet can be one of summer's greatest delights. Yanking the ice cream maker out of storage, playing freezer Tetris to make room for the bowl, and waiting hours for it to chill? Not so delightful. But it doesn't have to be that way. Thanks to a technique we've learned from Jeni Britton Bauer, frozen dessert whiz and founder of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams, we can just reach for our food processors.

 

To make food-processor sorbet, start with granita: pour your base into a shallow baking dish and place it in the freezer. As the mixture crystallizes, rake with it a fork to break up the ice. (The pros call this still-freezing.) When it's completely frozen, transfer the granita to a food processor and blend until smooth. In the words of Bauer, "This will yield an exceptionally smooth sorbet."

 

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Recipe Roundup: Summer Salads

shaved broccoli salad

 

Every July, farmers' markets across the country offer a stunning tapestry of fruits and vegetables seemingly designed to distract us from the month's baking heat. This week, find cool relief with simply prepared seasonal salads.

 

Shaved Broccoli Stalk Salad with Lime and Cotija

JBF Award winner Tara Duggan, the author of Root-to-Stalk Cooking: The Art of Using the Whole Vegetable, uses often-discarded-but-delicious broccoli stalks and leaves in this unconventional dish.


Fennel and Arugula Salad

To bring this lemony tangle of greens and fennel to the next level, try adding a pinch of fennel pollen or using smoked sea salt in place of regular.


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Recipe: Sweet Corn Budino with Blueberries and Cornmeal Shortbread

Sweet Corn Budino with Blueberry Compote

 

Sweet corn is abundant in the summer months, and there's no reason to relegate it to the grill. For this Italian-inspired dessert, acclaimed pastry chef Karen DeMasco paired the creamy pudding with a tart blueberry compote and crunchy shortbread cookie. She recommends using the corn as soon as you bring it home from the market, when it'll still have its peak flavor and sweetness.

 

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