Recipe: Roasted Clams with Herb Jam and Chorizo Butter

Recipe for Roasted Clams with Herb Jam and Chorizo Butter, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Nantucket's Cru is closed for the winter, so chef Erin Zircher recreates the restaurant's seafood-focused hits, like these rich and satisfying oven-roasted clams, at home. “It's a wonderful recipe for a dinner party, as all of the components can be put together ahead of time,” she tells us. She suggests smearing spoonfuls of leftover herb jam on flatbread, or folding it into morning omelets.

 

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Crowd-Pleasing Casseroles

Colman Andrews's shepherd's pie

 

If you haven't made a casserole lately, it's time to give the unsung hero of the workweek another look. These anything-but-outdated dishes are among our favorite make-ahead meals.

 

Old-Fashioned Rich Chicken Pie

A dash of Tabasco adds a jolt of vibrancy to this classic comfort-food dish. (A cup of heavy cream doesn't hurt either.)

 

Shepherd's Pie

Made with flavorful ground lamb, this irresistible one-pot meal from cookbook author Colman Andrews is a simple Sunday-night project.

 

Cornbread-Crusted White Chili with Green Chilies and Hominy

Looking for a way to repurpose leftover roast chicken? Try this insanely... Read more >

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Recipe: Le Père-Bis Cocktail

Jim Meehan's hot toddy: Le Père-Bis

 

In search of a unique hot toddy recipe, we turned to Jim Meehan, who can be found stirring and shaking cocktails at New York City’s PDT, winner of the JBF Award for Outstanding Bar Program in 2012. He shared his favorite take on this wintertime pick-me-up: Le Père-Bis. “A few years ago, Rob Cooper asked me to create a winter warmer with what was then was his new spirit, St-Germain,” Meehan told us. “I mixed it with one of Islay’s legendary peat monsters, Ardbeg 10 Year, and found that the elderflower balanced the Scotch gracefully.”

 

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Better Weeknight Dinners

shakshuka

 

Just because you worked late doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a satisfying, home-cooked dinner. So put away the cereal bowls and take-out menus: JBF staffers have some quick dinner tips that will have you sitting down to the table in a snap.

 

 

Put an Egg on It

“For Israelis, shakshuka is a breakfast mainstay. For me, it’s a reliably easy and satisfying weeknight dish. You can make a basic version with pantry items: olive oil; a medium onion, chopped; 2 or 3 crushed garlic cloves; a 28-ounce can of peeled whole tomatoes; and eggs. Sauté the onion and garlic in oil, then add the tomatoes. Season with salt, black pepper, and your preferred ground hot pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes, breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Use the spoon to make 1 or 2 dimples in the stew. Crack an egg into each dimple.... Read more >

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Champagne Lovers' Menu

 

Planning a celebratory New Year's Eve dinner? You'll really be cooking with gas with this decadent menu composed entirely of dishes made with bubbly.

 

Champagne Jelly with Golden Raspberries and Mint

This delicate, palate-awakening hors d'oeuvre is the perfect starter for an elegant, Champers-themed meal.

 

Warm Oysters with Prosecco, Cauliflower, and Sorrel Soup

Chef Ethan Stowell makes this creamy, oyster-topped soup with Prosecco, but Champagne makes a luxurious substitute.

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Recipe: Parsnip Cake

Rosiana Tong's parsnip cake, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Parsnip cake doesn't enjoy as high of a profile as its carrot-based cousin does, but it's equally tasty and just as much of a breeze to prepare. This version from Berwyn, Pennsylvania's Nectar uses a fat pinch of baking spices to coax out the earthy sweetness of the grated root vegetables. If you have a food processor and a fine shredder disc, we recommend using them to prep your parsnips. The disc will produce a more delicate cut than a box grater will, and your finished cake will have a more pleasing texture.

 

Get the recipe here. The Nectar team will be cooking at the Beard House on February 8.

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'Tis the Season...To Make Cookies

 

This is the time of year when bakers both amateur and professional tend to find themselves in the kitchen surrounded by pounds of butter and mountains of chocolate chips. For those of you with plans to channel your inner pastry chef over the next couple of weeks, here are some of our favorite holiday cookies.

 

Corn Flake-Candy Cane Cookies

"We take the insane amount of candy canes my mother sends to the bakery," says Christina Tosi of Momofuku Milk Bar, "break them up, and fold them into a corn flake-chocolate chip-marshmallow cookie dough with a little mint extract for some serious holiday flair."

 

Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

David Leite of Leite's Culinaria set off a national cookie-baking frenzy after this recipe for the ne plus ultra in chocolate... Read more >

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Recipe: Wild Mushroom, Shoyu, and Goat Cheese Truffles

Recipe for wild mushroom, shoyu, and goat cheese truffles, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

These mushroom and risotto–based truffles may look like regular old fritters, but one bite exposes their umami-rich cores of shoyu and goat cheese. (Shoyu is just the name for soy sauce in Hawaii and Japan, so if you have a bottle of soy sauce in your pantry, you're covered.) Enlist some friends to help you churn out a few batches at your holiday gathering.

 

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Recipe: Pignoli Tart with Mascarpone Crema

Cynthia DePersio's recipe for Pignoli Tart with Mascarpone Crema, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Cynthia DePersio is nuts for nuts. "I adore them, so I decided to use Italian pignoli cookies for the inspiration for this tart," she told us. The New Jersey–based pastry chef adds pulsed pine nuts to a classic French frangipane, then bakes the filling in a sandy sablé crust. "I like to pinwheel thinly sliced banana slices on top, sprinkle them with raw sugar, and brûlée," she says. We're partial to crowning our pieces with a dollop of mascarpone-boosted whipped cream.

 

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Recipe: Lentil Soup with Chard and Lemon

James Beard's recipe for lentil soup with chard and lemon

 

With the official start of winter and its accompanying chills only about a week away, it's time to ready our defenses in the kitchen. One of our staples for the season is lentil soup, and this year our plan is to make James Beard's "rather different" version, which was inspired by the vibrant flavors of Syria. He added three quarters of a cup of lemon juice just a few minutes before the soup was finished, giving it a welcome undercurrent of acid. For extra flavor and heft, we like to throw in some diced bacon when we start cooking the lentils. James Beard favored cotechino, an Italian pork sausage that's a classic pairing for these legumes. 

 

Get the recipe here.

 

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