Valentine's Day Recipe: Toffee Bread Pudding with Clotted Cream and Caramel

toffee bread pudding

This Valentine's Day, rather than bumping elbows with other couples in close quarters at the latest in-demand restaurant, cuddle up at home with your sweetheart and this indulgent take on bread pudding from Brian Reyelt. The Boston-based chef uses a mixture of custard and buttery croissants to build the bulk of the dessert, then finishes it with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a crowning of clotted cream. We love the tiny shards of chocolate toffee that hide among the decadent layers of dough. It's fun to excavate them with a spoon—much more fun than trying to secure a restaurant reservation. Get the recipe here.

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Valentine's Day Recipe: Riesling-Poached Pineapple with Rosemary Whipped Cream and Pink Peppercorns

Riesling-poached pineapple

Looking for an alternative to chocolate overload this Valentine's Day? Try this light and refreshing dessert from Denver-based chef Matt Selby. Cubes of pineapple are gently cooked in a sweet mixture of sugar, vanilla, and Riesling, whose high acidity plays nicely with the fruit's intense tanginess. An earthy rosemary-infused whipped cream and a pinch of lightly crushed pink peppercorns add depth to this elegant and floral dish. Get the recipe here.

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Super Bowl Recipe: Linton Hopkins's Shrimp Rillettes

shrimp rillettes

Your football buddies might raise an eyebrow if you serve this oh-so-French-sounding spread from Atlanta-based chef Linton Hopkins at your Super Bowl party. But once they get a taste of the sweet shrimp paste that's been whipped with cayenne pepper and a generous dose of butter, they'll be parked by the ramekin for the rest of the game, alternating between rillettes-slathered chips and slugs of all-American lager. Get the recipe here.

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Super Bowl Recipe: Duck Wings with Asian Chili Sauce

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We may not all be rooting for the same team this Sunday, but everyone can unite behind wings and their indispensable role in any game-day spread. In this Asian-inspired recipe from JBF Award winner Keith Luce, the standard wing gets a serious upgrade: Luce swaps out quotidian chicken for succulent duck, which is cured in brown sugar and spices for three days. The wings then enjoy a long soak in warm fat, followed by quick dip in frying oil. Shellacked in a glaze of sweet chili sauce, rice wine vinegar, and sambal olek, these drumettes won't last long beyond the coin toss. Get the recipe here.

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Recipes from the Best of the Best: Lidia's Bastianich's Swiss Chard and Potatoes

Swiss Chard and Potatoes

In this hearty side dish from Lidia Bastianich, who won our Outstanding Chef Award in 2002, sturdy baking potatoes and Swiss chard are boiled until tender, then sautéed with a quarter of a head of garlic and some good olive oil. It's delicious as an accessory to short ribs or other rich braises. Get the recipe here. -- In spring of 2012, JBF will publish The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs. This must-have cookbook will feature a delicious, signature recipe from

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Recipe: Brown Butter Cauliflower

brown butter cauliflower

When JBF Award winner Charlie Palmer decided to open his first steakhouse concept, Charlie Palmer at the Joule, he installed longtime protégé Scott Romano to head up the kitchen. It didn't take long for the young chef (who has since moved on to pursue other projects) to prove to Dallas diners that he had absorbed his mentor's deft touch with vegetables. To wit: this nutty and lightly crispy cauliflower dish, which Romano serves with arctic char. Tiny florets are swiftly sautéed in brown butter, then finished with a fistful of chives, creating a light but full-flavored side that shines next to even the most muscular entrées.

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Recipes from the Best of the Best: Rick Bayless's Tortilla Soup



Rick Bayless, who won our Outstanding Chef Award in 1995, uses the earthy, smoldering heat of the pasilla chilies to build the foundation of flavor in his take on Mexican tortilla soup. First the dried pepper is blended with tomatoes and sautéed onions and garlic; the resulting purée goes in a hot pan, where it cooks down to a concentrated, sweet paste. After the addition of two quarts of chicken broth and a quick simmer, the soup is done, ready to be piled high with shredded cheese, chunky avocado, and tortilla shards for a filling meal. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe Roundup: Recipes for a Celebration

champagne

You may have kicked your Christmas tree to the curb and sworn off cookies for the foreseeable future, but here at the James Beard Foundation we are keeping the jovial atmosphere alive as we gear up for a year of festivities in honor of our 25th anniversary. Here are some of our favorite recipes for a celebration. Oysters with Crisp Shiitakes, Scallions, and Roasted Shiitake Mignonette A duo of fried and roasted shiitakes offers a rich, earthy contrast against sweet and briny oysters. Blini with Caviar Use a domestic caviar like American sturgeon, paddlefish, or salmon to top these dainty Russian pancakes.

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Recipe Roundup: Chinese New Year Celebration

Jasmine Tea Sorbet


Ring in the Year of the Dragon next week with this festive Chinese feast. Pork and Shrimp Spring Rolls Chef Lon Symensma, formerly of NYC's Buddakan, serves these spring rolls with zesty Chinese mustard. Home-Style Oxtail Stew Chinese comfort food from chef Lawrence Chu. Pair the tender, braised meat with plenty of rice or noodles. Chinese Grocery Roast Pork Serve this succulent roast pork over stir-fried cabbage. Jasmine Tea Sorbet Though not a traditional Chinese dessert, this fragrant jasmine sorbet is the

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Recipes from the Best of the Best: Nantucket Bay Scallops with Jalapeno and Citrus

Nantucket Bay Scallops with Jalapeno and Grapefruit

In spring of 2012, the James Beard Foundation will publish The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs. This must-have cookbook will feature a delicious, signature recipe from every winner of the Foundation’s Outstanding Chef Award, from Wolfgang Puck to Tom Colicchio. When we went to press, space required that we omit some surplus essays and recipes. During the weeks leading up to the book’s release, we’ll be sharing this bonus content with our readers. Think of it as an appetizer. This week we're sharing a simple but sublime scallop recipe from Mario Batali, who won the JBF Outstanding Chef Award in 2005. 


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