Recipe Roundup: Comfort Food Favorites

 

After the excitement and bustle of the holiday season, January might feel like it can drag on forever—but that doesn't mean your recipes need to follow suit. This week, set aside your Redzepi-inspired creations and that 30-step recipe for Pierre Hermé macarons and make one of these simple, satisfying dishes instead.

 

Roast Chicken with Basil, Scallions, Lemon Butter, and Potatoes
It doesn't get much better than a butter-rubbed roast chicken with crisp potatoes. This easy recipe from Mindy Fox's lovely A Bird in the Oven, and Then Some is one you'll return to again and again.

 

Farmer's Mac and Cheese
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Beard House Recipe: Oyster Crudo with Prosecco Mignonette

 

Oyster Crudo with Prosecco Mignonette / La Dolce Vita

 

Emmy Award–winning chef Giada De Laurentiis is known for many things: her celebrated Food Network shows, elegant California-inflected Italian cooking, and contagious smile, among them. Now with an eponymous Las Vegas restaurant under her belt, the petite powerhouse’s brand continues to grow ever more fierce—and New York City diners were treated to an evening of Sin City decadence when the celebrity chef brought her iconic fare to the Beard House at the end of November. The evening was a culinary slam-dunk from start to finish, from her delicate lemon–crab arancini to her hearty ... Read more >

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What's Cooking: 5 Recipes for the Weekight Francophile

 

Think French cuisine is too daunting for a home cook? Not with these dishes. Indulge your inner Francophile with these five simple, weeknight-friendly recipes for each day of the week, ending with a creamy crowd-pleaser perfect for unwinding with friends on Friday night.

 

Monday: Stewed Big Bean Cassoulet
Chock full of beans and vegetables, this meatless version of the classic French cassoulet doesn’t disappoint. To make it truly vegetarian, just substitute vegetable broth for the lobster and chicken stock.

 

Tuesday: Grilled Loup de Mer with Braised Fennel
This simple but elegant grilled fish has lovely, crisped skin and is paired with a simple citrus sauce. Loup de mer is also known as branzino; have your fishmonger fillet it for you.

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Happy Hour: The Optimist Cocktail from the Hawthorne

 

For a delicious cocktail that intrigues the palate (and any booze-loving friends), opt for the Optimist cocktail from Boston's beloved watering hole, the Hawthorne. The staff of the 2015 semifinalist for our Outstanding Bar Program award knows a thing or two about the pursuit of the perfect cocktail. Hawthorne bar manager Jared Sadoian crafted this heady mix of liquors featuring sherry as the low-key superstar ingredient, noting that it "brings a ton of flavor and acid to a cocktail without overpowering other ingredients." Combined with the herbaceous, grappa-based Amaro ... Read more >

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Video: How to Make Truffled Popcorn

 

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.

 

This fancy, truffle-infused popcorn recipe from JBF Outstanding Chef award winner Patrick O'Connell is so... Read more >

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Recipes: A Taste of Paradise

 

 

Treat yourself to a staycation with a menu inspired by some of our favorite tropical locales. Serve with a light ale or the fizzy mango–mezcal paloma featured below.

 

Paloma de Mango y Mezcal

Mezcal, mango purée, and a hint of cilantro enhance the paloma, a popular Mexico City cocktail finished with a splash of grapefruit soda.

 

Kokonda (... Read more >

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Stick a Pork in It: Matt McCallister’s Pork Roast with Collard Greens and Sweet-and-Sour Onions

 

Veg-centric chef Matt McCallister just wants an old-school, juicy pork roast.

 

“Our backyard was awesome," Matt McCallister says excitedly. Baseball cap on and chambray sleeves rolled up, the inked-up chef reminisces about the green oasis tucked behind his home growing up in Scottsdale, Arizona. "We had a fig tree, a strawberry patch, and an olive tree. We brined our own olives," he rattles off enthusiastically. "My brothers had no interest in any of that. So it would be me, and it's just always been my thing." That explains the care McCallister takes with the vegetables he masterfully cooks at FT33, his rowdy, vegetable-forward restaurant in Dallas. He layers rounds of turnips atop gulf crab like chrysanthemum petals and constructs... Read more >

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Slurp's Up: Charles Phan's Pho Bo Recipe

 

“I brought some whiskey," chef Charles Phan says, setting down a bottle of Four Roses on a long wooden table. It's a couple hours before the final dinner of the totally packed, three-day pop-up of Phan's famed San Francisco Vietnamese restaurant, The Slanted Door, at Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel—hence the bourbon—and in the calm before the pre-service storm, Phan slipped away to school us in the art of making pho bo.

 

2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the... Read more >

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Tips: Better Weeknight Dinners

 

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... Read more >

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Recipe: Drunken Risotto with Wild Mushrooms

 

Nothing complements winter gatherings better than a bowl of rich risotto. This earthy version from chef Joel Huff features a grab bag of wild mushrooms, which make for an especially festive, guest-worthy dish. For the wine, feel free to use any red you have on hand, though we prefer to pour in a Burgundy or Oregon Pinot Noir; the typical "forest floor" character found in these wines is a natural match for the other flavors in the dish. 

 

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