Eat This Word: Madeleines

 

WHAT? Sweet seashells. These delicate, scallop-shaped cookies have a history that long predates Proust's memory stimulant. Culinaria France recounts what sounds like a legend to us, that the cookies first became popular back in the 18th-century, when the Duke of Lorraine, a consummate party host, found himself short a pastry chef while entertaining one night. With no time to spare, the Duke was forced to turn to his chambermaid Madeleine to create sweets for his guests. She whipped up her grandmother's airy, bite-sized cakes and, thus, the madeleine was born. Chances are her grandmother, if she existed, came from Commercy, the town whose bakers have been known for centuries throughout France for their delicate, hump-back madeleines. The batter is a simple mixture of eggs, sugar, and flour; it is a molded... Read more >

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Talking Tacos with Jordana Rothman and Alex Stupak

 

Earlier this month, we welcomed chef and restaurateur Alex Stupak along with his longtime friend and business partner Jordana Rothman to the Beard House as a part of our Beard on Books series to discuss their new cookbook, Tacos: Recipes and Provocations. Once an acclaimed pastry chef, Stupak exchanged his piping bags for tortilla presses when he left a career in fine-dining establishments like Alinea and WD-50 to open his own Mexican-focused restaurant, Empellón Cocina, in 2011. Stupak’s budding empire now encompasses three establishments, with plans for a fourth, and he continues to create some of the city’s most popular Mexican cuisine. Rothman, the former food & drink editor at Time Out New York, teamed up with Stupak to write the cookbook, motivated by a desire to unpack the larger narrative behind Mexican cooking, a story many... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Mango–Mezcal Paloma

 

While the ubiquitous Margarita may masquerade as the most popular Mexican cocktail, seasoned beverage aficionados know that the Paloma (Spanish for "dove") is one of the most beloved libations south of the border—and it's swiftly gaining traction. A refreshing combination of sweet and tart, the Paloma traditionally combines tequila, grapefruit, lime, and salt with an effervescent kick. This vibrant spin from New York City's La Palapa calls for both tequila and its smoky sister spirit, mezcal (derived from the Nahuatl translaton for "oven-cooked agave"). Mango purée and chopped cilantro lend a decidedly tropical flair. We'll drink to that. 

 

Get the recipe here.

 

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Throwback Thursday: Holy Molé!

 

From tantalizing tacos al pastor to artisanal masa makeovers, a new wave of Mexican restaurants is hitting the dining landscape this fall. The trend has us thinking back to our Holy Molé event from the 2010 New York Food & Wine Festival dinner series at the Beard House. James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® All-Star and JBF Award winner Aarón Sánchez was one of several chefs on hand that night, treating diners to his signature style and seen here flipping some hominy for his pozole-calabaza picadillo.

 

Check out Aarón in action during his upcoming Taste America weekend in Los Angeles, taking place October 10–11. For tickets and more information, visit jbftasteamerica.org.

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What We're Reading: September 24, 2014

 

For the Goldilocks in all of us: an in-depth guide to oatmeal. [The Kitchn

 

Turns out that gut bacteria might also be impacting your brain. [The Atlantic

 

A new cookbook highlights the role of women in Mexican cooking. [NYT

 

Poultry companies are switching from controversial antibiotics to probiotics for their chickens. [... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Mango–Mezcal Paloma

paloma cocktail

 

While the ubiquitous Margarita may masquerade as the most popular Mexican cocktail, seasoned beverage aficionados know that the Paloma (Spanish for "dove") is one of the most beloved libations south of the border—and it's swiftly gaining traction. A refreshing combination of sweet and tart, the Paloma traditionally combines tequila, grapefruit, lime, and salt with an effervescent kick. This vibrant spin from New York City's La Palapa calls for both tequila and its smoky sister spirit, mezcal (derived from the Nahuatl translaton for "oven-cooked agave"). Mango purée and chopped cilantro lend a decidedly tropical flair. We'll drink to that. 

 

Get the recipe here.

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and ... Read more >

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On the Menu: October 3 through October 9

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, October 4, 7:00 P.M. Bay Area Asian All-Stars The San Francisco Bay Area has long been home to some of the best Asian cuisine in the country. These days, much of the credit is due to the cooking of this esteemed group of chefs, who will be joining us at the Beard House for an extraordinary showcase dinner. Tuesday, October 5, 7:00 P.M. Hawaiian Surf and Turf In the not-always-temperate climes of the Windy City, the Hawaiian-inspired cuisine at Sola is a welcome oasis. Run by California native and self-proclaimed “surfer girl” Carol Wallack along with chef de cuisine Aleksiy Shalev, the critically lauded Sola features Pacific Rim

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