On the Menu: September 6 to September 12

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Thursday, September 10, 7:00 P.M. Taste of Ojai Valley The beautiful Ojai Valley is famous for its brilliant, pink-hued sunsets and the luxe, historic Ojai Valley Inn & Spa. There, chef Jamie West creates globally influenced seasonal cuisine inspired by the homegrown offerings from the two-acre chef’s garden on the property of the elegant five-diamond resort. Saturday, September 12, 7:00 P.M. Austrian Wine Lovers’ Dinner At the critically acclaimed Seäsonal, tradition and invention happily share the same plate. For this special dinner, Wolfgang Ban and Eduard Frauneder will prepare a fantastic menu of Viennese fare that’s equal parts classic and modern—but wholly delicious and impressive—to

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Strawberry soup Pastry chef Jennifer Yee of Aureole served this cold strawberry soup at the Beard House last Tuesday. To keep the sweetness in check, she included a scoop of tangy queso fresco ice cream and a teetering slab of ancho meringue. Take a look at more pictures from the meal, which also featured the cooking of JBF Award winner Chris Lee, Jason Dady, and Daniel Patino. August 25, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Erin Gleeson)

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Eat this Word: Pavlova

PavlovaWHAT? Dancer's dessert. Named for the world-famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, this fruit, whipped cream, and meringue dessert is claimed by rival nations. Aussies have long considered it their national dessert, but New Zealanders argue that they invented the Pavlova, and they back up their claim with citations from cookbooks. The dancer toured both countries in the late 1920s. In Perth, Australia, she stayed at the Esplanade Hotel, whose chef, Herbert Sachse, is often credited with creating the dessert some six years later. Supposedly the Pavlova acquired its name after someone proclaimed his dessert was "as light as Pavlova." Others think the name stems from the fact that the ring-shaped meringue resembled Pavlova's frilly, white costume in her most famous role, the Dying Swan. Pavlovas—which are showing up on American tables of late—are traditionally filled with passion fruit. WHERE?

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Squab When Jim Foss came to the Beard House last week, he prepared a squab dish that brimmed with full Southern flavor. The bird was barbecued in Cheerwine, a cherry-flavored soda that's popular in the Southeast, then placed upon a bed of chicken liver and carrot salad and topped with a cornmeal-crusted catfish hush puppy. Click here to see more photos from chef Foss's dinner. August 26, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Joan Garvin)

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On the Menu: August 30 to September 5

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, September 1 Michael Harlan Turkell: Greenhouse Gallery Michael Harlan Turkell, a once aspiring chef, now freelance photographer and a photo editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan magazines, has been photographing the inner workings of kitchens for his award-winning "Back of the House" project, which documents the lives of chefs in their restaurant world. Wednesday, September 2, 7:00 P.M. Melbourne’s Modern Mediterranean Adrian Richardson’s straightforward philosophy on food—local and seasonal or nothing at all—shines through in his pure and honest cooking at the critically-acclaimed La Luna Bistro in Melbourne. Richardson, one of the most popular chefs Down Under, will prepare a menu of

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Eye Candy: Twitter Cook-Off

Twitter Salmon Mise en Place The mise en place for a spice-crusted salmon recipe submitted to our Twitter Cook-Off. Check out more photos of the preparation and judging. August 21, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Geoff Mottram)

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Reel Food: Vegetarianism According to Momofuku

Last week David Chang and the Momofuku crew did the unthinkable and cooked a vegetarian menu at the Beard House. But striking meat from the meal couldn't knock the team off their game, as Chang's creative, freewheeling approach to food remained on full throttle. Check out the video to see his colleague, Peter Serpico, explain their take on pea soup: Here is a photo of the final dish—Pea Soup with Dashi, Burnt Pea Tendrils, and Honeydew Melon and Watermelon Balls:

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Recipe: Farmers' Market Salad with Crab-Stuffed Fried Green Tomato “Croutons” and Lemon–Vanilla Vinaigrette

Fried Green Tomatoes Diners at tonight's Beard House dinner will enjoy fried green tomatoes and other Southern classics prepared by chef Jim Foss of Georgia Brown's. The D.C.-based chef, who has cooked for the Obamas, was kind enough to send us his recipe for a summer salad that includes these crunchy treats stuffed with blue crab and goat cheese.

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Recipe: Farmers' Market Salad with Crab-Stuffed Fried Green Tomato “Croutons” and Lemon–Vanilla Vinaigrette

Fried Green Tomatoes Diners at tonight's Beard House dinner will enjoy fried green tomatoes and other Southern classics prepared by chef Jim Foss of Georgia Brown's. The D.C.-based chef, who has cooked for the Obamas, was kind enough to send us his recipe for a summer salad that includes these crunchy treats stuffed with blue crab and goat cheese.

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Recipe: Grilled Texas Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Pickled Peaches

Texas goat cheese sandwiches Jason Dady, who runs the kitchen at the Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills in San Antonio, will serve these tiny grilled cheese sandwiches at tonight's Beard House dinner. While the recipe makes eight hors d'oeuvre, you can opt to leave the brioche slices whole for larger sandwiches.

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