Recipe Roundup: Recipes for a Celebration

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You may have kicked your Christmas tree to the curb and sworn off cookies for the foreseeable future, but here at the James Beard Foundation we are keeping the jovial atmosphere alive as we gear up for a year of festivities in honor of our 25th anniversary. Here are some of our favorite recipes for a celebration. Oysters with Crisp Shiitakes, Scallions, and Roasted Shiitake Mignonette A duo of fried and roasted shiitakes offers a rich, earthy contrast against sweet and briny oysters. Blini with Caviar Use a domestic caviar like American sturgeon, paddlefish, or salmon to top these dainty Russian pancakes.

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Wine Wisdom: A Toast to Champagne

James Beard Foundation interview with Pascal Boyé of Nicolas Feuillatte

We asked Pascal Boyé, director of Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte sales in the Americas, to tell us what to eat with Champagne and why we should be drinking more of it.

James Beard Foundation: What’s your favorite Champagne from the Nicolas Feuillatte range?

Pascal Boyé: It sounds silly, but they are like my children and I love them all. However, I have to say my favorite is the Blanc de Blancs, which is made only with Chardonnay grapes. I love how crisp, fresh, and minty it is. It’s just fantastic.

JBF: What do you like to eat with Champagne?

PB: It depends on what’s being served. I enjoy Brut Champagne with sushi, Rosé with red meat, a Blanc de Blancs with white fish, and our Palmes d’Or Rosé, a vintage Champagne, with dessert.

JBF: It

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Recipe: Champagne Jelly with Golden Raspberries

Champagne Jelly with White Raspberries and Mint While we're always game to kick off a meal with a glass of Champagne, we also love the idea of letting some bubbly spill into the dessert course. In this ethereal treat from chefs Scott Crawford and Steven Greene, Champagne is set into a shimmery, pearl-toned gelée, then garnished with a dab of crème fraîche and golden raspberries, which are milder in flavor than their red cousins. Get the recipe here.

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On the Menu: September 12 through September 18

A view of the Beard house from the back patio. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, September 12, 12:00 P.M. Best of Boston Brunch Beloved Boston chef Andy Husbands is famous for the raucous pajama brunches he serves at Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel, where his big-flavored, globally inspired plates can rouse even the sleepiest of diners. For this NYC rendition, Husbands’s adventurous American cuisine will be accompanied by wines from Miner Family Vineyards. Monday, September 13, 7:00 P.M. Celebrity Chef Tour: Toronto Host Celebrity Chefs Lynn Crawford and Lora Kirk Guest Celebrity Chef Jonathan Waxman Barbuto/ NYC Celebrity Chef Tour events are dinners that benefit the James Beard Foundation, in

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Recipe: Spiced Peaches with Yogurt Panna Cotta, Raspberry Coulis, Champagne Gelée, and Basil

Christina Lee of Recette employs spherification to create Champagne caviar for this festive panna cotta, but you can make a simpler component at home without channeling your inner Ferran Adrià. Just use powdered gelatin to set a straightforward gelée—no calcium chloride bath required.

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Recipe: Champagne-Poached Prawns with Spicy Cucumber Salad and Green Curry–Coconut Sauce

Asian food lovers will find plenty to love about this vibrant dish from Mark Franz of San Francisco's Farallon: there's elegant lemongrass, sweet coconut milk, and fiery red chile paste, plus a fistful of fresh herbs. But our favorite touch is the unexpected addition of Champagne, which Franz enlists as a poaching liquid for prawns.

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