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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In spring of 2012, JBF will publish The James Beard Foundation

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Recipe Roundup: Recipes for a Celebration

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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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Recipe Roundup: Whole Grains

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It's January, which means late night egg-nog-and-sugar-cookie binges are out and nutrient-packed whole grain dishes are in. These bold, seasonal recipes will leave you feeling satisfied as well as virtuous.

Pan-Seared Cod with Beet Vinaigrette and Pumpkin-Quinoa Risotto Creamy risotto flecked with red and white quinoa and diced pumpkin makes a vibrant bed for crisp and flaky cod.

Farro and Black Rice with Roasted Squash This hearty dish from Thomas Keller features fiber-rich farro, nutty black rice, and sweet roasted squash drizzled with a sharp mustard vinaigrette.

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Recipe Roundup: Post-Holiday Season Detox

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If you're hopping on the low-calorie bandwagon after the gluttony of the holidays, you don't need to leave behind full-flavored dishes. Here, four healthy recipes that pack in big taste.

Burnt Carrots with Goat Cheese, Parsley, Arugula, and Crispy Garlic Chips When caramelized in a hefty cast-iron skillet, carrots take on an intense, satisfying sweetness. Kale Chips Can't shake your craving for something salty and greasy? These crispy and spicy kale chips will help you scratch that itch. Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad Even the most staunch Brussels-sprouts

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Recipe: White Bean and Sausage Stew

White Bean and Sausage Stew

Recently prepared at the Beard House by Georgia-based chef Michael Bologna

, this stick-to-your ribs stew will keep you toasty during this spell of gripping cold weather. And since it's packed with loads of nutrient-dense kale, it's also New-Year's-resolution loyal. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe Roundup: Holiday Hors d'Ouevre

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Nothing says it's the holiday season like a silver tray laden with decadent, bite-sized nibbles. In the spirit of James Beard, whose first cookbook was entitled Hors d'Ouevre and Canapés, here's a selection of some of our favorite little party-starters. Foie Gras Cuban Sandwiches [JBF] A touch of jalapeño pesto and spiced bananas add zip to this indulgent cousin of the Cubano. Oyster Mushroom Cappuccino with White Truffle Oil [JBF] This creamy, earthy soup looks extra-fancy when served in demitasse cups.

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Recipe Roundup: Holiday Dinner Menu

Chilled Oysters with Cucumber Water

This Christmas, forget the goose and sticky pudding and serve this decadent, nontraditional menu instead. This meal would also be perfect for an intimate New Year's Eve dinner party. Chilled Oysters with Cucumber Water Sweet and briny oysters on the half shell are paired with a spicy cucumber–ginger mignonette. Fennel and Arugula Salad This light, lemony salad can be taken to the next level with a pinch of fennel pollen and a little smoked sea salt. Lobster Stew An indulgent, yet homey, main course from Canal House's Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer.

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Recipe Roundup: Holiday Cookies

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There are many reasons to appreciate holiday cookies: they satisfy even the most overbearing of in-laws; they’re sweet sustenance for shivering carolers; and they bring us all together via a shared love for creamed sugar and butter. While every family has their own cookie traditions, we hope to add to the season’s sprit with a few of our own festive recipes.

Let’s Sugar Cookies
Throughout his childhood, James Beard enjoyed these simple, elegant sugar cookies made by Jue Let, the Beard family’s personal chef. But don’t be fooled by their innocent looks: the cookies contain mace, the outer membrane of nutmeg that packs a more pungent flavor.

Lavender Short

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