Eat This Word: Hoecake

Hoe Cakes

Johnnycakes, ashcakes, battercakes, corn cakes, cornpone, jurney cakes, jonakin, jonikins, Shawnee cakes, and hoecakes (or hoe cakes) are all regional variations of flatbreads made with cornmeal, water, and salt. Since Native Americans showed the Pilgrims how to cook with corn, they are also most likely to have taught them how to make these precursors of our modern-day pancake. Hoe cakes were, as Culinaria United States notes, “supposedly created by slaves who cooked ‘journey’ cake batter on their hoes under the hot sun while working in the fields.” The original three-ingredient recipe has evolved during the last 400 years, and eggs, oil, butter, and even baking powder are now standard in most recipes. You can of course opt for a mix, but Aunt Jemima prefers wheat to cornmeal. Whichever recipe you use, the frying pan has become the cooking utensil of preference.

 

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On the Menu: Week of August 4

Wine Glasses

 

Monday, August 4, 6:00 P.M 
Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner: New Orleans 
If you’re interested in hosting a benefit or would like to learn more, please contact Diane Harris Brown at dhbrown@jamesbeard.org or 212.627.1128. Proceeds support the Foundation’s scholarships and culinary programs.

 

Monday, August 4, 7:00 P.M 
Celebrity Chef Tour: Washington, D.C 
For reservations or more information, please visit celebritycheftour.com. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julie Marshall at 212.633.9145 or jmarshall@jamesbeard.org

 

Tuesday, August 5, 7:00 P.M 
The Mission Gem 
“On every dish, Des Voignes and his team surprise the palate,” wrote San Francisco Chronicle critic Michael Bauer in his three-... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Burrata

Burrata

 

WHAT? On the outside, burrata appears to be fresh mozzarella. But the inside holds a surprise—an unctuous mix of cream and cheese curds. Burrata originated in Apulia and Basilicata in southern Italy and is one of several pasta filata cheeses. These cheeses—mozzarella, provolone, and cacicovallo are examples—begin with the formation of curd. The curd is heated in hot water so that it becomes melted and smooth, and then stretched, which forms the characteristically smooth surface. Burrata can also be filled with butter or a butter-and-sugar paste, hence its name. Another variation is Burrata di Andria, which is wrapped in the leaves of the aromatic asphodel plant, a member of the lily family.​

 

WHERE? The Rich Table 

 

WHEN? August 12, 2014 

 

HOW? Burrata with Strawberry Gazpacho and Chicken Skin​

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On The Menu: Week of July 28

The James Beard House

 

Tuesday, July 29, 7:00 P.M 
Pushing the Frontier of Flavor 
Named after the Italian word for “rebel,” Ribelle lives up to its moniker with food that’s “startling, inventive, and smart,” as Devra First wrote in her rave four-star Boston Globereview. The eclectic, skillfully composed menu is overseen by Tim Maslow, a Momofuku Ssäm Bar alum and a 2014 Rising Star award semifinalist.

 

Wednesday, July 30, 7:00 P.M 
Tour of Eastern Provinces 
Long before loonies and Mounties were even a twinkle in Canada’s eye, the majestic nation boasted a rich culinary history rooted in bountiful natural resources. Join us at the Beard House when this talented group of Canadian chefs shows us how they do it up north.

 

 

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On The Menu: Week of July 21

In the Beard House Kitchen

 

Monday, July 21, 7:00 P.M 
New England Summer 
Though they were pitted against each other as semifinalists for the 2014 JBF Best Chef: Northeast award, Tyler Anderson and Joel Viehland will be putting their friendly competition aside to collaborate on this elegant Beard House dinner. The chefs, who share a commitment to sustainability and impeccable ingredients, will prepare a lovely New England–inspired seasonal menu

 

Tuesday, July 22, 7:00 P.M 
Allure of Southeast Asia
Leah Cohen gained fame as a Top Chef contestant, but she proved her culinary chops with the opening of the New York Times two-starred Pig and Khao, where she serves creative contemporary iterations of foods from her mother’s native Philippines. For this dinner, Cohen has designed a menu to showcase the cuisines of... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Asian Pears

Asian Pear

 

WHAT? Sometimes called apple-pears, Asian pears are not, in fact, a cross between the two, but are rather the pear varieties that grow in China and Japan. (For the last century, we’ve grown them in the United States as well, mostly in the Northwest.) But Asian pears, though juicy like a pear, are apple-shaped and have the crispness of a good apple. In Japan, where they are known as nashi, they are a popular autumn dessert, served in neatly peeled slices. Asian pears come in various shades of russet and yellow, depending on the variety. They may be the ancestor of our more familiar Western pears.​

 

WHERE? Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner in Walla, Walla, WA

 

WHEN? July 18, 2014 

 

HOW? Blue Cheese with Asian Pears 

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On the Menu: Week of July 14

The James Beard House

 

Here's what’s happening at the James Beard House next week: 

 

Monday, July 14, 7:00 P.M  
Bastille Day Elegance 
David Gilbert is revolutionizing fine dining in Detroit with the recent opening of Marais, hailed as “Restaurant of the Year” by Hour Detroit, which described a meal there as “simply extraordinary.” Stints working for Thomas Keller and Michel Bras are obvious influences: Gilbert’s extremely ambitious, elegant menu is executed with aplomb.

 

Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 P.M 
Summer Wine Dinner at Cookbuzz Wine Studio 
Join the James Beard Foundation Greens (foodies under 40) as we celebrate summer at the acclaimed Corkbuzz. The chefs at Corkbuzz will prepare a delicious multi-course menu highlighting... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of July 7

A cocktail at the James Beard House

 

Tuesday, July 8, 7:00 P.M 
The Starr of Philadelphia 
Heralded by critic Craig LaBan as “one of the most thrilling culinary minds to land in Philly in years,” Peter Serpico put himself on the map with the opening of his eponymous hot spot, a collaboration with restaurateur Stephen Starr. Serpico’s creative, assured viewpoint—honed at the Momofuku empire—comes through in every dish on his meticulously curated menu.

 

Wednesday, July 9, 6:30 P.M to 8:30 P.M 
Cocktails Through the Ages 
Swizzles, sours, and punches—oh my! Join us for a festive walk-around cocktail party featuring an inspired group of mixologists from New York City’s most sought-after bars and lounges. The spirited evening will feature decadent canapés and seminal libations that reflect historic eras of cocktail... Read more >

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Ingredient Spotlight: Labneh

 

Greek yogurt is everywhere. In our granola bars, our hummus, even our shower gel. When a foreign health food becomes the official state snack of New York, you know it’s hit the mainstream. But one unexpected advantage of Greek yogurt’s ubiquity is the piquing of the American palate for thick, tangy spreads, and chefs are constantly looking to regional Mediterranean cuisines for similar ingredients. We noticed labneh, the Middle Eastern iteration of strained yogurt, popping up on Beard House menus this spring and summer, and realized that this spread is on the rise across the country.

 

It turns out that what we think of as "Greek Yogurt" is really just one member of the family of strained yogurts that grace most tables of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and North African countries. In Greece, it’s called straggistó giaoúrti, in Egypt, ... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of June 30

Clipping Microgreens at the Beard House

 

Here is what's happening at the Beard House: 

 

Monday, June 30, 7:00 P.M
Savoring Sicily and Apulia 
The Momofuku Group’s Jordan Frosolone assembled a team of renowned chefs—who have mentored him on his way to becoming the corporate chef for one of the country’s most innovative and successful restaurant empires—for this unique Italian-inspired dinner.

 

Tuesday, July 1, 7:00 P.M 
Boston Softshell Crab Blowout
For our annual softshell crab dinner, we’ve enlisted some of Boston’s brightest stars to pay homage to the crave-worthy crustacean, which is available only a few months a year. Join us for this scrumptious Beard House feast, which will feature the fleeting delicacy in each savory course.

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