Throwback Thursday: Remembering James Beard



August is coming to an end, and the first day of school is right around the corner, but we still have one last outdoor holiday to look forward to. Labor Day usually means one final hurrah with the family: backyard barbecues, picnics, beach trips, and grilling—lots of grilling. This Throwback Thursday we’re sharing some of our favorite James Beard quotes that demonstrate our namesake’s love for summer foods, the great outdoors, and the art of entertaining in any environment. 

“I love a casual picnic just as much as, or even more than, an elaborate gastronomic delight.” (Beard on Food, p.264)


“Arrangement is one of the secrets of a perfect composed salad. There should be a blend of colors, tastes, and textures. The ingredients should be attractively cut and the salad beautifully arranged on a large platter or in a bowl so that it becomes almost a centerpiece for the table.” (Beard on Bread, p.332)


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Recipe Roundup: Labor Day Menu

Grilled Hanger Steak with Peperonata


Pat yourself on the back for all your hard work this Labor Day Weekend with an al fresco feast that highlights end-of-summer bounty. Serve addictive starters with a juicy steak, lots of veggie sides, a refreshing cocktail, and an all-American dessert for a crowd-pleasing affair. Let this long-weekend playbook take the menu-planning off your plate (we are celebrating the labor movement, after all): 


Corn Fritters
These sweet-and-salty fritters celebrate a summertime staple, and are guaranteed to disappear faster than you can fry them.


Vadouvan-Spiced Deviled Eggs
James Beard's curried deviled eggs get a stylish... Read more >

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Melting Pot-Inspired Labor Day Menu

Crispy Lamb Ribs with Sherry–Honey Glaze and Minted Yogurt Sauce Cap off the summer with a Labor Day menu that incorporates some of the country's most delicious culinary influences. Spicy Tomatillo Gazpacho with Naan Bite and Pickled Jicama Only in America would tomatillos, mint, naan, and green olives be combined in one extraordinary dish. Crispy Lamb Ribs with Sherry-Honey Glaze and Minted Yogurt Sauce These succulent ribs get a piquant and smoky finish from a dusting of

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Recipe: Our Labor Day Menu

Shrimp Labor Day: for many of us, it's the last hurrah of summer. We've got recipes that will help make the best of the long weekend. Mint Julep – The Kentucky Derby is long over, but JBF Award winners Matt Lee and Ted Lee's recipe for this classic Southern cocktail is a great way to cool off all summer. Vegetables a la Grecque – James Beard's solution to late summer's "bounty of glistening vegetables," this simple recipe can be made in advance. Barbecued Shrimp with Pineapple Chutney – Chutney adds an unexpected burst of flavor to this grilled seafood dish.

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