Throwback Thursday: The Beard House Latke Cookoff

 

The star is on the tree at Rockefeller Center, Salvation Army bells jingle on every corner, and the scent of pine needles permeates the streets of New York. But while everyone else is trimming their trees and decking their halls, the shorter days and yuletide decorations make us think of an old Beard House tradition—the Latke Cookoff. This annual event of amateurs and professionals ran from 1996 to 2001, and our own executive vice president Mitchell Davis won the inaugural potato playoffs. For this TBT, we’re featuring an artist’s rendering of Mitchell in his moment of victory, along with his winning recipe, which can also be found in his cookbook, The Mensch Chef. The secret to his spuds? His mother Sonny’s ratio of one onion for every two potatoes. And as everyone knows, you don’t argue with a Jewish mother. Check out the recipe here... Read more >

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What We're Reading: November 19, 2014

 

Get stuffed with this eclectic recipe roundup of a Thanksgiving favorite. [Serious Eats]

 

Takeaways from the NY Times Food For Tomorrow conference. [Slate]

 

Visualize calorie-counting with a new app that exposes harsh food truths. [The Atlantic]

 

Does your soil pass the test? The potentially toxic troubles of urban farming in New York City. [Grist]

 

Thomas Keller’s turkey tell-all: his ultimate Thanksgiving recipe. [... Read more >

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Eat Your Vegetables Twitter Chat on Wednesday, November 5

Swiss Chard

 

Want to learn more about cooking vegetables from some of the world's most renowned culinary icons? To celebrate our recently launched recipe app, we're hosting a live Twitter chat to discuss everything from inspiring recipes to helpful techniques to seasonal tips with a panel of some of the JBF Outstanding Chef award winners featured in the app. Join us on Wednesday, November 5th at 2:00 P.M. EST and ask the experts for advice! 

 

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Introducing Our Inaugural App: JBF Vegetables

The first-ever JBF app: James Beard Foundation Vegetables

 

Presenting the first-ever JBF app: James Beard Foundation Vegetables, a collection of innovative vegetable recipes conceived by Outstanding Chef award winners (including Daniel Boulud, Alice Waters, Thomas Keller, and many others), and based on the Foundation's Best of the Best cookbook. This stunner includes sharp high-definition videos, some of the most gorgeous and intuitive step-by-step photographs we've ever seen, shopping sections tailored to each dish, and other great features. It's available now in the Apple App store—and absolutely free for JBF members.

 

Learn more at jamesbeard.org/app. Read the full press release... Read more >

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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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Recipe Roundup: Savoring Summer Fruit

Honeydew Soup

 

August’s bittersweet final days may be upon us, but our CSA boxes and farmers’ market totes still overflow with succulent summer fruit. A few weeks ago, we shared our ultimate guide to fruit desserts, but we know you can’t subsist on sweets alone. To help you revel in the season’s delights without overdosing on cobblers, crisps, and other sugary treats, we’ve compiled a roundup of savory fruit recipes, from chilled soups to crisp salads and gooey sandwiches.

 

Alaskan Dungeness Crab Salad with Cherry Tomatoes and Melon
Herbaceous lemon verbena and sweet melon lend a subtle elegance to this simple, refreshing crab salad. 

 

Bay... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Bar Agricole's Turf Cocktail

Bar Agricole's Turf Cocktail

 

We tapped the team from San Francisco's JBF Outstanding Bar Program award–nominated Bar Agricole for one of their innovative cocktail recipes, and they offered up this sultry riff on the classic martini. According to our research, there are several iterations of the Turf Cocktail, the oldest dating back more than 100 years. This gin-based variation turns up the volume with subtle notes of absinthe, maraschino liqueur, and orange bitters. Elegant, refreshing, and a cinch to prepare, it's the perfect libation to start your weekend... now. 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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Recipe Roundup: Ultimate Summer Fruit Desserts

Blueberry Clafoutis

 

From peaches to blackberries to cherries, the summer months shower us with a veritable rainbow of decadent treats. And with our CSA boxes and farmers’ market totes overflowing with vibrant fruit, sometimes we just can’t scarf down enough fistfuls of berries to keep up. Unwilling to squander anything the season has to offer, we came up with a comprehensive recipe roundup to help whip all of your leftover summertime bounty into crowd-pleasing desserts. From effortless, no-cook variations to gooey, oven-baked delights, here are 14 recipes to make sure nothing—not even a single, rogue blueberry—goes to waste:

 

Basil–Peach Sorbet
Sweet, ripe peaches mingle with refreshing basil in this lovely, simple sorbet.

 

Black Raspberry and Fig Tart... Read more >

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Recipe: Sweet Corn Budino with Blueberries and Cornmeal Shortbread

Sweet Corn Budino with Blueberry Compote

 

Sweet corn is abundant in the summer months, and there's no reason to relegate it to the grill. For this Italian-inspired dessert, acclaimed pastry chef Karen DeMasco paired the creamy pudding with a tart blueberry compote and crunchy shortbread cookie. She recommends using the corn as soon as you bring it home from the market, when it'll still have its peak flavor and sweetness.

 

Get the recipe here. 

 

 

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Recipe: Chilled Zucchini Soup

Chilled Zucchini Soup

 

Are your CSA boxes overflowing with zucchini? This light, refreshing soup from JBF director of house programming Izabela Wojcik is a great way to enjoy the summer squash. Try adding a dollop of sour cream or yogurt for extra tang, and you won't be disappointed.

 

Get the recipe here.

 

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