Recipes: Meatball Madness

Spicy Pork Meatballs with Spicy Meat Sauce and Soft PolentaThe Meatball Shop's Spicy Pork Meatballs with Spicy Meat Sauce and Soft Polenta

Though meatball madness may have officially peaked last year, at least according to our well borne-out 2010 food trend predictions, we still can't get enough of this classic comfort food. Here are a few of the meatball recipes we keep going back to: Michael White's Braised Sicilian Lamb Meatballs Pine nuts and raisins add a Sicilian touch to chef White's deeply satisfying meatballs.

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Eye Candy: The Meatball Shop Crew

The Meatball Shop crew The team from New York City's Meatball Shop poses for a photo in the Beard House kitchen after preparing a meatball-centric lunch that featured dishes like spicy pork meatballs with spicy meat sauce and soft polenta. See more photos from the event here.

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January's Best Recipes

January's best recipesAna Sortun's fattoush; the Meatball Shop's meatballs and polenta

Here are our recipe tester’s favorite recipes from last month: Ana Sortun's Fattoush with Escarole, Parsley, and Sumac This delicious and refreshing Arabic salad helped us trim down after the gluttony of the holidays. The Meatball Shop’s Spicy Pork Meatballs with Spicy Meat Sauce and Soft Polenta At New York City's Meatball Shop, customers can choose their own adventure on the mix-and-match menu of meatballs, sauces, and sides. This trio is the most popular combination.

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On the Menu: Meatballs Galore

Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow Partners Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow have made a ballsy foray into the Lower East Side dining scene with the opening of their singularly focused eatery, the Meatball Shop. Holzman, whose culinary credits include San Francisco’s Fifth Floor and Jardinière, elevates the humble classic with a meatball-centric menu as cheeky as it is delicious. The duo will prepare a one-of-a-kind luncheon at the Beard House this Friday (book here); here's what's on the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Miniature Maryland Crabmeat and Potato Chip Meatballs with Old Bay Dipping Sauce Miniature Buffalo Chicken Meatballs with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce Reuben Meatball Sliders with Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing Pairing: Ca’ Furlan Cuvée Beatrice Prosecco NV Luncheon

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Recipe: The Meatball Shop's Spicy Pork Meatballs with Spicy Meat Sauce and Soft Polenta

Recipe for Spicy Pork Meatballs with Spicy Meat Sauce and Soft Polenta This crowd-pleasing combination of hot cherry pepper–spiced meatballs and creamy polenta is a favorite from the Meatball Shop's mix-and-match menu. The recipe makes enough for a Sunday Supper for eight.

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On the Menu: JBF Celebrates Gay Pride on Both Coasts

gay pride flag

Each June, revelers across the country and the world celebrate Gay Pride with parades, pageantry, and parties. The James Beard House is no exception, and this month we're planning two fantastic events to honor the gay community. First there's the San Francisco Pride Soirée at 12 Gallagher Lane, where Gary Danko, Emily Luchetti, and other JBF Award–winning Bay Area stars will present a delicious walk-around tasting and cocktail party. (See the menu here.) The next night we're holding the Second Annual Gay Soirée at the historic Beard House in New York's West Village, featuring chefs from 10 Downing, the Meatball Shop,

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