Happy Hour: Mr. Beard's Citrus Cooler

Mr. Beard's Citrus Cooler

 

It’s Friday afternoon, which means you officially made it through another week! Celebrate this weekend's Summer Solstice with our latest Happy Hour cocktail, Mr. Beard’s Citrus Cooler. This recipe comes care of Beard House staff member Victoria Jordan-Rodriguez, who has been making a version of the drink every summer for years. “The base is strong,” she explained, “but the Perrier really lightens it up. And if you don’t add the soda water, the base can be made in the morning and marinate until you want to drink it. Mr. Beard didn’t make this recipe, but I like to think that he would have enjoyed it!"

 

We sampled Victoria’s refreshing cocktail this past week at the launch party for JBF’s Taste America®, where it was a hit with the All-Star chefs and guests alike. It’s the perfect balance of acidity and sweetness, so mix up an entire pitcher’s worth. Tomorrow... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Letter of Marque

Clover Club tiki cocktail

 

We know you’re itching to shut down your computer and unwind for the weekend, ushering in the blissful two-day respite with a Friday evening cocktail. Get into the spirit of summer with a tropical tiki libation; one of our all-time favorites is the Letter of Marque cocktail served at Julie Reiner’s Clover Club in Brooklyn. Created by bartender Ryan Lilola, who keeps a stash of coconut cream and tiki gear with him anytime he's behind the bar, this concoction is a clever homage to an unusual tradition. 

 

“A letter of marque was essentially government-sanctioned piracy, a document that let privateers get away with acting like pirates,” he explains. “Considering that tiki was founded on escapism, this drink was a ticket for our guests to escape their daily grind and get a little rowdy." 

 

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Rhubarb Desserts

 

We love rhubarb for the energizing tartness it brings to sweets. Here are a few recipes to try while these springtime stalks are still in season.

 

Port-Poached Rhubarb with Ricotta and Walnut Crumble

Homemade ricotta transforms this exceptionally simple dish, but high-quality, store-bought ricotta will work in a pinch.

 

Strawberry and Rhubarb Crunch

No time to bake a pie? This crunch delivers the same tart, jammy flavor in less than half an hour.

 

Greek Yogurt Mousse with Poached and Candied Rhubarb

Candied rhubarb: it's our newest obsession. Tart, sweet, and so hard to stop eating. For a simpler version of this dish, pair the... Read more >

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Simple Spring Starters

 

Kick off your next dinner party with these easy, seasonal dishes from Beard House featured chefs. 

 

Salmon Tartare with Fried Quail Egg 

This stunning hors d'oeuvre is the perfect way to welcome spring. Use the freshest fish available and assemble as close to serving time as possible. 

 

Bruschetta with Jamón Serrano, Fennel, Olives, and Pecorino Romano 

Chef Shaun Doty transforms this cocktail party staple by topping bruschetta with lemony shaved fennel, olive tapenade, and thin slices of jamón... Read more >

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Passover Seder

 

Make sure the second night of Passover truly is different than all other nights by preparing a feast that combines traditional, Bubbe-approved favorites like wine-braised brisket with outside-the-macaroon-box dishes like halvah pots de crème. 

 

Fennel and Arugula Salad 

Add a pinch of fennel pollen and smoked sea salt to bring fennel to the next level in this simple salad. 

 

Wine-Braised Friday-Night Brisket 

A mixture of port, dry red wine, and a head of garlic makes an aromatic braising liquid for this special-occasion brisket. 

 

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Bacon Takes Center Stage

Recipe for Bacon Confit with Chiles and Pickles, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

It's been well-documented that bacon makes everything taste better. But instead of consigning it to a supporting role, why not make bacon the star of the dish? Here are a few recipes that put our favorite cured meat into the spotlight: 

 

Bacon Confit with Chiles and Pickles

Homemade bread-and-butter pickles and Fresno chiles top crispy cubes of slow-cooked slab bacon.

 

Bacon with Pineapple Jus and Bacon-Salted Peanuts

Strange and wonderful, this salty-sweet braised bacon dish makes for a conversation-starting hors d'oeuvre.

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It's Easy Eating Green

Colcannon

 

In honor of St. Patrick's Day and our fervent hope that one day it might actually be spring, we've put together a roundup of recipes featuring some of our favorite verdant ingredients. 

 

Wilted Arugula with Anchovy and Garlic Dressing 

A takeoff on traditional Piemontese bagna cauda, this flavorful warm vinaigrette is also good on bitter greens such as escarole, frisée, or dandelions. 

 

Puff Pastry Samosas with Green Peas 

To save time, this recipe uses puff pastry dough instead of traditional samosa dough. Serve with green chutney (of course). 

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Recipe Roundup: Hibernation Food

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel

 

As the Longest Winter That Ever Was continues its icy reign throughout much of the country, we're spending a lot of time indoors. We mean: A LOT. And what better way to while away these seemingly endless dark and dreary days than by cooking up a (proverbial, please) storm? These five hibernation-friendly dishes are giving us the will to hang on until spring:

 

 

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel [JBF]

Serve this hearty, satisfying stew with spaetzle or egg noodles tossed with butter and parsley.

 

Morning Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel [Smitten Kitchen]

Not only will this cross between French toast casserole and tarte tatin give you a reason to get up in the morning, but it's also super easy to... Read more >

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Recipe: Honey–Citrus Tart

Recipe for Honey–Citrus Tart, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Thank God for citrus, especially during this merciless winter. As long as there are a few varieties within our reach, we feel like we can cope with few more weeks of dreariness.

 

This ricotta and honey–based tart from Baltimore-based pastry chef Angie Lee is a lovely way to put whatever citrus you have on hand to use. (Lee favors Cara Cara or blood oranges.) The tart dough is made with all-purpose flour and ground amaranth, one of several "alternative" grains that's really not so alternative these days. It lends a nutty flavor to the baked crust, making this dessert all the more special.

 

Get the recipe here.

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A Pot of Beans

Recipe for White Bean and Sausage Stew

 

The ultimate cold-weather food? A big pot of beans bubbling on the stove. Add a loaf of crusty bread and a bowl of mixed greens and you've got a meal comforting enough to brighten even the dreariest of winter days. 

 

White Bean and Sausage Stew 

This simple and satisfying stew couldn't be easier to make. For an extra hit of flavor, throw a diced Parmesan rind in with the kale. 

 

Salumi-Braised Beans 

A crowd-pleasing, hearty dish made with four types of cured meat. 

 

Black Bean and Squash Soup ... Read more >

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