Happy Hour: How to Make Cucumber Margaritas

Photo: Emilie Baltz

 

We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

Forget kale juice or wheatgrass shots: our new favorite way to drink our veggies is by mixing up this ultra-refreshing cucumber margarita recipe from JBF Award winner Rick Bayless.... Read more >

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Recipe: Lemon Rice Chiffon Cake (Plus a Cookbook Giveaway!)

Lemon Rice Chiffon Cake from the JBF Award–winning cookbook Flavor Flours

 

For years flour played an essential but largely unobtrusive role in baking, like the foundations of a building. Wheat flour was king, and the main options were “all-purpose” or “bread.” Then came the rise of the gluten-free diet, accompanied by the surge in “alternative” flours. While not new to the market, these products have been game changers for the growing wheat-avoidant ranks, and have also helped gluten-free foods overcome their (often undeserved) reputation for being tough and bland bummers.

 

Thanks to Alice Medrich and her latest book, Flavor Flours, winner of the 2015 JBF Baking and Dessert Book Award, we might be seeing the dawn of yet another new age in baking, one that values the so-called alternatives not for what they lack, but for the unique and full... Read more >

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Recipes: Strawberry Picking

 

A strange thing happens to many of us when we find ourselves face-to-face with a U-Pick field of June-ripened strawberries. Brought on, perhaps, by our intermittent modern-day exposure to nature and certain romanticized notions about the realities of farmwork and the size of our refrigerator's crisper drawer, we pick pounds and pounds of strawberries, filling our baskets until they overflow with the sweet, sun-warmed fruit.

 

Once we get home, reality sets in. We have three to four days to make the most of the endless pile of berries we've amassed before they start to go bad, thereby wasting an enormous amount of food and crushing any fantasies we may have harbored about our own old-fashioned resourcefulness. But here's the good news: strawberries cook down. A lot. So all we really need are a couple of hours in the kitchen and a few simple recipes, like the ones we've put together below, and our picking frenzy will be vindicated. Until blueberry season, that is.

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Video: How to Make the Violet Hour's Hush and Wonder

Photo: Cassandra Stadnicki

 

We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

At the... Read more >

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Recipe: Port-Poached Rhubarb with Ricotta and Walnut Crumble

Port-Poached Rhubarb with Ricotta and Walnut Crumble

 

Cooking with rhubarb can involve more than just hitting the stalks with a blizzard of sugar. For this simple dessert, rhubarb gets to hang with port, vanilla beans, and peppercorns, too, then joins some homemade ricotta and walnut crumble in the bowl. Get the recipe.

 

 

Anna Mowry is special projects manager at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Video: How to Make Ramp-Stuffed Roast Chicken

Photo: Anna Mowry

 

We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

Spring has finally sprung, and that means only one thing to food lovers across the country: ramp season is officially in full swing! JBF's director of house operations and events... Read more >

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Spring Recipes: Radishes and Turnips

 

The spring's first radishes and turnips are often the best of the season: crisp, almost juicy, with a pleasant bite. We like to dip breakfast radishes into sweet, creamy butter and slice small, white turnips into salads, but sometimes figuring out how else to cook with them can be a puzzle. To help us rethink these roots, we found several dishes to try in the coming weeks:

 

Miso-Honey–Glazed Turnips [Fine Cooking]

A tablespoon of white miso adds a savory note to these sweet yet peppery turnips.

 

Roasted Radishes with Radish Greens [F&W]

Is there any vegetable that doesn't benefit from roasting? Make this dish now, before it gets too hot to turn the oven on.

 

Pink Pickled Turnips [... Read more >

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Happy Hour: The Violet Hour's Stone Cold Fox

Photo by Jenna Liberman

 

The Violet Hour, an elegant Chicago mixology mecca and our 2015 Outstanding Bar Program award winner, 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 is the Stone Cold Fox, a vernal marriage between a Pisco punch and a Mai Tai. As bartender Alyssa Heidt puts it, "Carefree and whimsical, she's the kind of girl who knows how to party." Get the recipe here.

 

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

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Recipe: Jeweled Farro Verde from Chef Jeff Jackson of the Lodge at Torrey Pines

Jeff Jackson's Jeweled Farro

 

The landmark James Beard House, located in New York City, is often described as the culinary world's Carnegie Hall: its prestigious guest-chef series hosts more than 200 acclaimed chefs each year.

 

For food lovers outside of the Big Apple, there's the Celebrity Chef Tour, whose events are modeled after the typical Beard House experience: a reception featuring passed hors d'oeuvre and wines, followed by a multi-course tasting prepared by the country's most talented chefs. We like to think of it as a traveling symphony.

 

This year the Tour has already swung through Chicago, Nashville, Cambridge, Denver, and more. The next stop? The Lodge at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California, where JBF Award winner Carrie Nahabedian and... Read more >

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Small Batch Cooking

 

Suzanne Cope is a Brooklyn-based author and food studies scholar whose recent book, Small Batch: Pickles, Cheese, Chocolate, Spirits and the Return of Artisanal Food, gives a history of artisanal food in the United States and looks at the issues surrounding craft food production through conversations with over 50 food entrepreneurs. She talked to us about the inspiration for the book and the future of artisanal food, and gave us a recipe for Mediterranean greens that incorporates one of her favorite small batch foods.

 

(Join Suzanne for a conversation and tasting with local food artisans at the 92nd Street Y in NYC on Wednesday, June 3.)

 

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JBF: How did you become interested in small batch food?

 

Suzanne Cope: Both of my... Read more >

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