What We're Reading: April 14, 2015

 

Tex-Mex may be the newest trendy cuisine, but its origins go back to the 1870s. [FWF

 

Can you smell what the Rock is cooking? It’s probably cod: Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson eats 821 pounds of it per year. [FiveThirtyEight

 

Two new apps are gunning for Yelp's top spot in the restaurant recommendation game. [NYT

 

JBF Award winner Rick Bayless, who owns thousands of cookbooks, shares a few favorites... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: 2015 Awards Gala Chef Co-Chair Rick Bayless

 

With less than two weeks to go until our 2015 JBF Awards nominee announcement, the excitement in the air is palpable. For this week's TBT, we've unearthed a retro photograph of JBF Award winner Rick Bayless sporting a groovy hat and some funky specs while cooking at the Beard House. We can't wait for him to suit up as a gala chef co-chair at this spring's main event, coming May 4 to Lyric Opera of Chicago. See the full list of Awards gala chefs here.

 

Curious about the details of JBF's upcoming fête in Chi-town? Watch this clip of JBF president Susan Ungaro's recent interview on Windy City Live!

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Soup Weather

 

When the temperature is in the negative digits and the snowfall is downright apocalyptic (we're looking at you, Boston), the only thing to do is stay home and make soup. It's a cliché for a reason: nobody's craving a smoothie this time of year. We want warm, comforting bowls of clam chowder or lentils, spicy chicken broth or bourbon-laced onion soup. Make these dishes now—it's going to be a while before those snowbanks melt.

 

Thomas Keller's Clam Chowder with Bacon

Lentil Soup with Chard and Lemon

Sopa Azteca (Tortilla Soup) from Rick Bayless

French Onion and Mushroom Soup with Bourbon and Swiss Cheese

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Happy Hour: Cucumber Margarita

 

Forget kale juice or spirulina smoothies: our favorite way to drink our veggies is with this ultra-smooth and refreshing cucumber margarita from JBF Award winner Rick Bayless (the delightful cocktail is also one of the featured recipes in our brand new JBF Vegetables app). The tequila–cucumber base is blended and strained to achieve the perfect mix of health and hair of the dog. Sip this during your happy hour, and you might just end up with a bit of a virtuous buzz.

 

Get the recipe here.

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Los Angeles Recap

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Los Angeles

 

In addition to New York City, our fourth weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® made a stop in the dynamic city of Los Angeles. On Friday we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and Taste America All-Star Rick Bayless. We spent the next day at Sur La Table, watching cooking demonstrations by Bayless and Top Chef's Fabio Viviani and tasting samples from Bling Bling Dumpling, Coffee Commissary, Nary Dairy, and Mills + Company. 

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our LA participants! And stay tuned: the Taste America tour has one weekend left!

 

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Los Angeles

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Los Angeles

 

It's time for a look at this weekend's other James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® city: Los Angeles!

 

On Friday, October 11, we're kicking off the festivities at Union Station with "Food Trucks with the Foundation", a showcase of LA's best authentic Mexican and gourmet trucks, with beers from local breweries to wash it all down. After the reception, Taste America All-Star Rick Bayless will join some of LA's most groundbreaking chefs (full lineup is here) for a five-course meal inside the station. 

 

On Saturday, we'll be at the Farmers Market location of Sur La Table for a day of free cooking demos and local product tastings... Read more >

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Recipes from the Best of Best: Rick Bayless's Margaritas

Rick Bayless's recipe for margaritas

 

For Cinco de Mayo's indispensable boozy accessory, we're turning to margarita authority Rick Bayless, who won our Outstanding Chef award in 1995. When he's shaking up a round of his classic margaritas, Bayless favors the crystalline silver variety of tequila, which has a distinct but clean flavor that shines in mixed drinks. 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. When we went to press, space required that we omit some surplus essays and... Read more >

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Recipes from the Best of the Best: Rick Bayless's Tortilla Soup



Rick Bayless, who won our Outstanding Chef Award in 1995, uses the earthy, smoldering heat of the pasilla chilies to build the foundation of flavor in his take on Mexican tortilla soup. First the dried pepper is blended with tomatoes and sautéed onions and garlic; the resulting purée goes in a hot pan, where it cooks down to a concentrated, sweet paste. After the addition of two quarts of chicken broth and a quick simmer, the soup is done, ready to be piled high with shredded cheese, chunky avocado, and tortilla shards for a filling meal. Get the recipe here.

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