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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Recipe: Chilled Watermelon Soup with Mint and Ginger

 

Even though splitting open a watermelon before it's officially summer feels like sacrilege, we're thankful that this chilled watermelon soup from Las Vegas–based chef Carla Pellegrino has come to rescue us from the recent spike in temperature. Made with blended frozen watermelon and served with a mound of crushed ice in its center, this dish will cool you to the core. Get the recipe here

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Recipe Roundup: JBF Award Gala Inspiration

 

To commemorate JBF's 25th anniversary, we asked each of the gala reception chefs to create a dish inspired by one of Beard's recipes. Here are a few of Jim's original dishes that were so artfully tweaked on Monday night:

 

Blini with Caviar
Gary Danko's crisp blini topped with smoked salmon and Pacific Plaza caviar was a riff on this classic Beard recipe.

 

Chicken with Tarragon
"I believe that if ever I had to practice cannibalism, I might manage if there were enough tarragon around," Beard once famously declared. Though the Awards were a cannibalism-free zone, Beard's version of Poulet à l'Estragon was the inspiration for Tre Wilcox's gala reception dish: seared shrimp served with tarragon–Parmesan grits.

 

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Recipes from the Best of the Best: Lidia Bastianich's Grilled Tuna

Lidia Bastianich's recipe for grilled yellowfin tuna with beet salad and Humboldt Fog, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

When a dish is seemingly found on nearly every menu, we know it's because the flavor equation is a winner. But for the New American standard of tuna with beet salad, JBF Award winner Lidia Bastianich has added a touch that invites renewed appreciation. She coats the tuna in panko and Grana Padano cheese, which darkens to a umami-rich crust when the fish is seared on a piping hot grill. Get the recipe here.

 

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JBF has recently released The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs. This must-have book features delicious, signature recipes from every winner of the Foundation’s Outstanding Chef Award.... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Comfort Food Favorites

Mindy Fox's roast chicken recipe, courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

 

This week, set aside your Redzepi-inspired creations and that 30-step recipe for Pierre Hermé macarons and make one of these simple, satisfying dishes instead.

 

Roast Chicken with Basil, Scallions, Lemon Butter, and Potatoes
It doesn't get much better than a butter-rubbed roast chicken with crisp potatoes. This easy recipe from Mindy Fox's lovely A Bird in the Oven, and Then Some is one you'll return to again and again.

 

Farmer's Mac and Cheese
The most popular recipe on our website, this decadent dish is a trumped-up take on the most comforting of comfort foods.

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Recipe: Cornmeal-Crusted Oysters with Lemon Rémoulade and Cornichons

Ken Trickilo's recipe for cornmeal-crusted oysters, courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

 

These tasty fried oysters are served with a sharp rémoulade and slices of crunchy cornichons. Chef Ken Trickilo uses oysters from Quilcene Bay, but you can use whatever is available locally. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe Roundup: Breakfast for Dinner

Ryan Poli's recipe for patatas bravas, courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

 

Patatas Bravas with Fried Eggs and Chorizo
Ryan Poli of Chicago's Tavernita adds pan-fried chorizo and eggs to this tapas-bar standard.

 

Smoked Bluefish with Potato Pancakes, Greek Yogurt, and Dill
Top crisp potato pancakes with smoked bluefish and a dollop of lemony Greek yogurt. Smoked trout makes a delicious substitute.

 

Piperade Basquaise
Like all scrambled eggs, this Basque version is best cooked just until soft curds form. Serve with crusty bread and thin slices of jamón serrano.... Read more >

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