Recipe: Scallop Ceviche

scallop ceviche Though summer doesn't arrive for another week, we've already begun to suffer the season's swelter. If you're looking for something to make for dinner that doesn't require turning your oven dials from the "off" position, try this tangy scallop ceviche from Ivy Stark of Dos Caminos. Like all ceviches, this one is "cooked" with lime juice instead of heat. (Technically, the acid denatures the proteins, resulting in seafood that's firm and opaque.)

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On the Menu: Celebrating Oaxaca

Tonight's Beard House dinner will introduce diners to the utterly unique cuisine of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, a narrow stretch of land separating the Mexican gulf from the Pacific Ocean in the southeast of Oaxaca. Ivy Stark of Dos Caminos has designed the menu centering on this largely unknown part of the world, and will be joined in the kitchen by two members of her team, Scott Linquist and Pastry Chef Hugo Reyes. Here's what they will be preparing: Hors d’Oeuvre Molotes de Flor de Calabaza Quesillo > Masa Turnovers with Zucchini Blossoms and Oaxacan String Cheese Tortitas de Camaron > Tiny Omelet Soufflés with Dried Shrimp Pasilla Oaxaca Relleno de Requeson y Durasno > Cheese and Peach–Stuffed Smoked Pasilla Chilies Tostaditas de Erizo > Crispy Corn Totopos with Sea Urchin, Serrano Chile,

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Eat This Word: Carnitas

The James Beard Foundation on carnitas
WHAT? Mexican confit. Though the word carnitas can refer to any small bits of cooked meat—that are usually served in soft corn tacos at roadside stands throughout Mexico—the most common is pork. To make pork carnitas, large pieces of shoulder and other fatty parts of the pig are simmered in vats of lard until they are crisp on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. The meat is removed from the fat, drained, and broken up into small shreds that are then stuffed into tacos. (Where there are carnitas, there are usually chicherones, or crisp, fried pork skins.) The western part of central Mexico, namely Michoacán, is known for carnitas, but truth be told they are tasty just about everywhere—even Queens, New York.

WHERE? Ivy Stark, Scott Linquist, and Hugo Reyes's Beard House dinner

WHEN? May 21, 2010

HOW? Roast Duck Breast and Duck Carnitas Enchiladas with Dried Fruit,

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On the Menu: May 16 through May 22

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, May 17, 7:00 P.M. Seasonal French When CIA alum Humberto Campos Jr. followed his dream of opening his own restaurant, his labor of love turned out to be one of the region’s most romantic gems. Join him for a menu of the French-inspired seasonal cooking that has earned him four stars from the Star-Ledger. Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 P.M. Relais & Châteaux Series: Four-Star Dining When 2010 JBF Award nominee Daniel Humm took over the kitchen at Eleven Madison Park in 2006, the food world sang his praises. Since then Humm has really been humming; in

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