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. 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Better Weeknight Dinners

shakshuka

 

Just because you worked late doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a satisfying, home-cooked dinner. So put away the cereal bowls and take-out menus: JBF staffers have some quick dinner tips that will have you sitting down to the table in a snap.

 

 

Put an Egg on It

“For Israelis, shakshuka is a breakfast mainstay. For me, it’s a reliably easy and satisfying weeknight dish. You can make a basic version with pantry items: olive oil; a medium onion, chopped; 2 or 3 crushed garlic cloves; a 28-ounce can of peeled whole tomatoes; and eggs. Sauté the onion and garlic in oil, then add the tomatoes. Season with salt, black pepper, and your preferred ground hot pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes, breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Use the spoon to make 1 or 2 dimples in the stew. Crack an egg into each dimple.... Read more >

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JBF and the Illumination Fund Collaborate on the NYC Green Cart Fresh Food Pack

 

Seeing that education is an important slice of the JBF pie, we’re always looking for opportunities to help others learn about the value of good meal. So when the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund—a supporter of the New York City Department of Health’s Green Cart Initiative—invited us to collaborate on a project that feeds our fellow New Yorkers, we were more than happy to oblige.
 
In an effort to improve the diets of city dwellers with limited access to fresh produce, the Green Cart Initiative has just released the NYC Green Cart Fresh Food Pack, a two-part collection of 20 recipes made with fruits and vegetables commonly and seasonally found on Green Carts. The set, which includes a tip card and a kids card, features recipes by renowned New York chefs, healthcare... Read more >

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