Throwback Thursday; Jim O'Lantern

Photo by Robyn Lee

 

From cakes, to sculptures, to even puppets, James Beard’s visage has graced his historic home in many a form. The pumpkin portrait above, however, has the distinction of being displayed while Beard was still alive. Event planner and former James Beard Cooking School student Robyn Lee shared this photo from her trip to New York over Halloween, 1983. According to Lee, it was JBF Award winner Larry Forgione’s team that carved the squash-based sketch. At that time, Forgione had just opened An American Place, his seminal restaurant that Beard helped usher into being. Beard would go on to eat at An American Place every week for the rest of his life, and saw Forgione's dishes as championing the kind of seasonally-based American cuisine he had always advocated for. We can't know if our namesake thought this was a treat or a trick... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 28, 2015

 

Once you pop, you just can’t stop: which white cheddar popcorn reigns supreme? [The Kitchn]

 

Pizza rat Halloween costumes are so last week: let us introduce you to bagel pigeon. [FWF

 

The only wine pairing guide you will need this Halloween. [HuffPo]

 

Looking for something else to carve during this spooky pumpkin shortage? Try some turnips. [MUNCHIES]

 

The National Restaurant Association is fighting  ... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 21, 2015

 

The secrets behind Thailand's coconut oil industry may have you go bananas. [NPR]

 

Hummus for peace: an Israeli cafe inspires people to talk it out over a bowl of the classic snack. [MUNCHIES]

 

Going nuts: the price for pine nuts continues to rise. [NYT]

 

Chefs divulge their late-night snacking habits, ranging from fancy pickles to Cool Ranch Doritos. [FWF]

 

Just in time for your jack o'lantern, we've got the answer to the pepitas vs... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 20, 2015

 

New science suggests crustaceans have a similar neurology to vertebrates, potentially adding a new moral quandary to all those lobster rolls. [MUNCHIES

 

Dining solo: Opentable reports that reservations for one are on the rise. [NY Daily News

 

Oatmeal isn’t just for your morning porridge: ten ways to break those oats out of the bowl. [The Kitchn

 

State and federal regulators are... Read more >

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Ode to Autumn: Pumpkin Recipes

 

If you've never cooked with fresh pumpkin, a revelation awaits. Just don't bake up that jack-o'-lantern; the best pumpkins for cooking are the smaller, sweeter varieties like sugar, cheese, and pie pumpkins.

 

Pumpkin Soup with Creamy Roquefort

Cookbook author Paula Wolfert notes that Roquefort mellows out when cooked, lending this soup a "characteristic Southwestern French flavor."

 

Pumpkin Soufflé with Parma Ham Chips

This creamy, prosciutto-topped soufflé contains only eight ingredients (including salt and olive oil) and is super easy to make.

 

Pumpkin–Cranberry Brioche

Enjoy a slice of this warm, subtly spiced brioche with your morning coffee, or top it with whipped cream and serve for... Read more >

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JBF Wants to Know: Skittles or M&Ms?

When you break into your Halloween stash, are you looking for a fruity or chocolate-y treat? Vote for your candy craving in the poll below!

 

 

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What We're Reading: October 30, 2014

 

Trace the path of peanuts from field to jar of Jif. [The Kitchn

 

A reason to bag your produce: a new study finds supermarket conveyer belts are covered in germs. [Food Politic

 

Fast food workers in Denmark make a minimum of $20/hr. [NYT

 

A bubbly breakdown of the differences between club soda, seltzer, and tonic water. [... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: October 28, 2011

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The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook!

Pumpkin-Shaped Cheddar Crackers [SE]
Use a biscuit cutter and a paring knife to turn these flaky, cheddar crackers into little pumpkins. 

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups [

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Recipe Roundup: October 17, 2011

figsThe blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook! Glowing Halloween Punch [Chow] Quinine in tonic water glows a fluorescent blue when exposed under black lights. Croissant Bread Pudding [LAT] Croissants replace bread in a savory twist on bread pudding from La Boulange in San Francisco.

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