Awards Watch: 2011 Nominees to be Announced in Portland, Oregon

medal Extra, extra! The 2011 James Beard Award nominees will be revealed on Monday, March 21 in Portland, Oregon. JBF is thrilled to hold this exciting event in the West-Coast foodie-mecca, which also happens to be the birthplace of the big man himself. Stay tuned for details...

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Tastebud: Southern Pies

The James Beard Foundation reports on pies from the American South

Sometime between Prohibition and World War II, apple pie became a token of homespun America, and it has since been trotted out in support of a political score as often as it has been pulled from an oven. We can’t help but feel a bit slighted on behalf of all the other wonderful pies that have a place in our country’s history, particularly those of the American South.

Chess pie, a traditional dessert with a custardy, cornmeal-thickened filling, is often served with tea to keep its sweetness in check. According to The Encyclopedia of Cajun & Creole Cuisine, chess pie was invented to use up extra butter, eggs, and molasses in plantation kitchens. James Beard claimed that the chess pie recalls English cheese tarts, and the lineage suggests that the name “chess” is a corruption of the word cheese. Others argue that the name refers to the chests or safes in which the pies

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Fourth of July Desserts: Something Red, Something White, and Something Blue

Tri-Star Strawberry Shortcake Tri-Star Strawberry Shortcake with Corn Biscuits One of our favorite bites from last year's Chefs and Champagne, Colleen Grapes's take on this summertime classic proves that deliciousness is in the details. The shortcake is studded with sweet corn kernels, a vanilla–lemongrass infusion helps the strawberries shine, and honeyed whipped cream tops it all off. Fennel-Scented Pavlova OK, so this

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Recipes: Our Memorial Day Weekend Menu

Stock your cooler and get the grill hot: Memorial Day weekend is almost here! Whether you’re planning one of your legendary backyard parties or enjoying a simple meal on the porch, consider serving one or more of our favorite summertime recipes: Alexandre Dumas Potato Salad Lighten up the classic potato salad with James Beard's preferred version, which is moistened with olive oil and white wine instead of mayonnaise. Chile–Lime Skirt Steak Martha Hall Foose gets maximum tenderness and flavor out of skirt steak by applying a tangy marinade. Smoked

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JBF News: The Baker's Dozen

In the first follow-up to its Twenty Essential Cookbooks, the James Beard Book Awards Committee has announced its Baker's Dozen, a collection of thirteen indispensable baking books that spans four decades. The official, fresh-out-of-our-Awards-department list is after the jump: 1. Baking: From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2006) 2. Beard on Bread by James Beard (originally published 1973; reprinted by Knopf 1995). 3. The Book of Great Desserts by Maida Heatter (Andrews McMeel, 1999) 4. The Bread Baker’s Apprentice by Peter Reinhart (Ten Speed, 2001) 5. The Cake Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum

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