Cooking with Sea Vegetables

 

Offering a hint of their briny habitat without tasting distinctly fishy, sea vegetables (aka seaweed) infuse dishes with deep, savory flavor. Some of the most commonly consumed varieties include nori (the seaweed used to make sushi), wakame or alaria (the soft, shredded greens often found in miso soup), or black, crunchy hijiki, which adds texture to seaweed salads and stir-fries. Sea vegetables are most commonly sold in dried form, but they’re very easy to work with. Simply soak in water until soft, then chop and add to your dish. Some seaweeds, like nori, which is used to make sushi, and dulse, are usually eaten dried.

 

Though they're a longtime staple of many Asian cuisines, seaweeds can also enhance foods from other parts of the world: try cooking dried beans with alaria, or sprinkle dulse flakes over puff pastry, as Dorie Greenspan does in the French-inspired pinwheel recipe listed below.

 

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Recipe: Miso Butterscotch Sundae

 

Whether you prefer your ice cream unadorned, handheld, or decked out in sensational sundae style, our selection of recipes from JBF Award winners are guaranteed to please fans of all flavors. Next up:

 

Miso Butterscotch Sundae

JBF Award Winner Christina Tosi
Momofuku Milk Bar, NYC

 

Christina Tosi first created the unusual, slightly savory topping for this sundae when building the dessert menu for the Momofuku restaurant group. Seeking to bridge dinner and dessert, Tosi incorporated the flavor profile of the restaurants’ main dishes by transforming basic pantry staples into a sweet, salty, umami butterscotch-like spread... Read more >

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Recipes: Fourth of July Done Right

 

Flame-loving carnivores: this is your moment. Your time to shine. Your star turn. Your holiday. Don't waste it on some chicken breasts covered in jarred barbecue sauce. If you really want to honor your country (and win summer), you'll celebrate the way you should: with copious amounts of fire-seared meat, a couple of traditional sides, and a peach milkshake spiked with bourbon. (Red, white, and blue deviled eggs and berry flag mosaics are strictly optional.)

 

Scott County Missouri–Style Dry Ribs

These ribs are basted with ham hock stock. Need we say more?

 

Alexandre Dumas Potato Salad
James Beard's favorite potato salad is tossed with white wine (that's right), olive oil, and plenty of herbs.   

 

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Video: How to Make James Beard's Strawberry Shortcake

 

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.

 
 

Now that it's (finally!) strawberry season, we're faced with the fortunate conundrum of what to make with one of summer's sweetest gifts. We... Read more >

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Happy Hour: How to Make James Beard's Vermouth Cassis

 

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.

 

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Recipe: Crespelle with Red Wine Strawberries and Ricotta

Recipe for Crespelle with Red Wine Strawberries and Ricotta

 

Crespelle: it's how the Italians do crêpes. This version calls for "00 flour" (or doppio zero, as they say on the boot), a powder-fine flour that yields an exceptionally delicate pancake. We recommend splurging on a premium ricotta for the filling, and since it's full-on strawberry season right now, you should be able to get some fine fruit, too. Get the recipe here.

 

 

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Kid-Friendly Food Everyone Will Want to Eat

 

In theory, we're not fans of kids' meals. In theory, we don't believe children should be allowed to fill their plates with only white food, or that one should have to transform broccoli and red pepper strips into artful renderings of scenes from the Lego movie in order to get one's children to eat vegetables. Food is food, right? We need to man up and stop serving our kids chicken nuggets shaped like Disney characters.

 

But, as anyone who is responsible for the feeding and watering of small humans at least three times a day knows, it can get a little exhausting. No matter how adventurous your kids are, some nights they just don't want to taste the parsley-flecked lamb stew or authentic Andalucian white gazpacho you made for dinner. Some nights they don't even... Read more >

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Video: How to Make English Pea Risotto

 

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.

 

When it comes to comfort food, nothing beats a creamy, heartwarming risotto. To update the classic Italian dish with a seasonal spin, this... Read more >

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Recipe: Vanilla–Pisco Flan with Roasted Strawberries

Recipe for Vanilla–Pisco Flan with Roasted Strawberries

 

In this elegant dish from chef Ricardo Zarate, an otherwise standard-issue flan gets a hit of mosto verde pisco, a highly prized South American brandy that's distilled from partially fermented grape must. The finished custards are topped with strawberries that have been roasted in brown sugar, lemon, honey, and more brandy. Get the recipe here.

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Video: How to Make Crispy Baby Artichokes with Lemon Aïoli

 

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.

 

At the reception for his Beard House dinner, Dallas-based chef David Uygur could barely get these... Read more >

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