Recipe: James Beard's Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts

brussels sproutsThis unfussy recipe comes from the pages of James Beard's American Cookery. Beard recommends serving this as a side for Thanksgiving dinner, describing it as "an extraordinarily good combination and one which nowadays is very easy to prepare." The ingredient list is concise and the method brief, so prepping and preparation won't disrupt that strict holiday cooking timeline you've probably already plotted. Beard, never one to oppose ramped up flavor, endorses generous extra butter and parsley at the finish.

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Recipe: James Beard's Brussels Sprouts and Chestnuts

brussels sproutsThis unfussy recipe comes from the pages of James Beard's American Cookery. Beard recommends serving this as a side for Thanksgiving dinner, describing it as "an extraordinarily good combination and one which nowadays is very easy to prepare." The ingredient list is concise and the method brief, so prepping and preparation won't disrupt that strict holiday cooking timeline you've probably already plotted. Beard, never one to oppose ramped up flavor, endorses generous extra butter and parsley at the finish.

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Food Matters: James Beard–Themed Dining in Hawaii

When one of our board members mentioned that they had gotten wind of a yearly James Beard–themed dinner in Hawaii, we knew we had to investigate. We eventually tracked down Hilo resident Mike Middleworth, a member of a group called Wine Connection that stages wine and culinary events throughout the year. "I have always enjoyed James Beard's recipes, so it seemed very logical to produce a dinner with a menu of his dishes that call for a wine as an ingredient," Middleworth explained. "We then drink the same wine for the pairing."

This is the fourth year that Middleworth has hosted the dinner, which is attended by anywhere from 30 to 50 people, and it's always a huge success. "Beard's recipes, of course, are richer than today's healthy cooking, but you can't beat the results," says Middleworth.

The menu for the event, which was held last weekend, is below. We're charmed to see that the spirit of the dean of American cookery is alive and well in the 50th state.

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Food Matters: Not Seen on TV

James Beard with J.J. McCollWhen James Beard's I Love to Eat debuted in 1946, the segment was a mere 15 minutes long. These days, cooking programming airs around the clock. Read on to see how food television has changed since Beard's maiden broadcast.

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Recipe: James Beard’s Moules Marinière

Mussels This deliciously simple recipe from Beard’s American Cookery puts us in the Bastille Day spirit. Make sure you have plenty of fresh, crusty baguette on hand to soak up the buttery, aromatic broth. 2 to 3 quarts mussels, scrubbed and bearded 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 large onion, thinly sliced 2 to 3 sprigs parsley 1 stick unsalted butter 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper ½ cup white wine ½ cup chopped parsley ¼ teaspoon Tabasco Place the garlic, onion, parsley sprigs, 4 tablespoons of the butter, salt, and pepper in a large pot. Add the mussels and pour the wine over them. Cover tightly and cook over low heat until the shells open. Transfer the mussels to a soup tureen or serving dish. Add the remaining butter, chopped parsley, and Tabasco to the pot. Adjust the seasoning and serve the mussels in soup plates along with some of the broth and plenty of crusty bread.

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Food Matters: How Beard Put Oregon on the Map

James BeardProduced by Oregon Public Broadcasting, A Cuisine of Our Own examines the life of James Beard and his impact on cooking in his native Portland, Oregon, and the rest of America. Championing fresh, quality ingredients in the heyday of TV dinners, Beard laid the foundations for today's farm-to-table movement. Featuring interviews with Pacific Northwest–based historians, food writers, and chefs, this documentary proves that the spirit of the dean of American cookery is alive and well in Portland, where the community continues to embrace his approach to local, seasonal cuisine. Watch the full video online here.

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Recipe: James Beard's Favorite Hamburger

Burger When you light your grill this holiday weekend, throw on James Beard’s version of the classic hamburger. In American Cookery (1972) he wrote, "I learned this recipe years ago from a magnificent cook named Jeanne Owen, who wrote deliciously about food and cooked even better than she wrote."

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Recipe: James Beard's Favorite Hamburger

Burger When you light your grill this holiday weekend, throw on James Beard’s version of the classic hamburger. In American Cookery (1972) he wrote, "I learned this recipe years ago from a magnificent cook named Jeanne Owen, who wrote deliciously about food and cooked even better than she wrote."

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Recipe: Alexandre Dumas Potato Salad

Potato Salad This recipe, originally published in The New James Beard, and again in Beard on Food, is an easy addition to your 4th of July picnic. Beard wrote, “Alexandre Dumas was not only a great playwright and novelist, best known for The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers, but was also a great authority on food. This 19th-century recipe for potato salad is surprisingly simple and contemporary.”

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