It's Valentine's Day and You Should Go For It


A home-cooked Valentine's Day dinner should be a little over the top. Roast chicken stuffed with foie gras? Bring it. Pasta carbonara topped with Dungeness crabmeat? Of course. Dark Valrhona chocolate baked into individual soufflé cups? It's a special occasion. Now's not the time to hold back. Give it your all with recipes like these:

 

 

Roasted Chicken for Two

Can chicken be sexy? This one is.

 

Crab Carbonara with Meyer Lemon, Black Pepper, and Parsley

You could eat this Lady and the Tramp–style, but chances are you're not going to want to share.

 

Blackberry-Glazed Lamb Chops

Perfectly cooked, bone-in lamb chops say, "I care... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Valentine's Day at the Beard House

Photo by Joan Garvin

 

It's bow and arrow season again, which means we’ve got sweet treats on the brain. Every year, JBF commemorates Cupid’s fancy with a sensual feast for the palate, and our upcoming Valentine’s Day dinner looks just as enticing. For this week’s TBT, we're looking back at a past romantic repast, our 2011 Valentine’s Day Tea, helmed by baker Jeremy Meyers and a culinary coterie from some of the hottest restaurants and bakeshops in New York. The bountiful menu of savory and sweet bites ranged from luxurious sea urchin and nori on brioche to petit fours and appetizing nods to the holiday, such as rose petal–vanilla bean shortbreads and the red velvet macaron in the photo above. With such a cornucopia of decadent delights on display, it’s hard to imagine anyone settling for boxed chocolates and... Read more >

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What We're Reading: February 12, 2015

 

Strawberry feuds aren't forever: a big lawsuit over the strawberry breeding program at the University of California, Davis is finally over. [NPR]

 

Step outside the (chocolate) box with your sweet treats gifts for Valentine's Day. [NYT

 

How do our school lunches compare to those around the world? [Bustle

 

One beer enthusiast says craft beer is dead, and it's all because of Gose. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: February 11, 2015

 

Talk about a sugar high: a Belgian chocolatier has developed snortable cocoa powder. [Eater

 

Federal daycare meals are about to get their first revamp since the 1960s, but do the new regulations go far enough? [Civil Eats

 

The American love affair with cheese goes all the way back to the Colonial era. [Serious Eats

 

The benefits of freezing your tofu, and other... Read more >

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What We're Reading: February 10, 2015

 

Ballard Bee Company markets itself as a lawn service, but for backyard hives and honey-makers. [Civil Eats

 

The way to the heart is through the stomach: Valentine’s Day recipes for two. [Serious Eats] 

 

Beer cans are making a comeback, but a controversial lining may have you sticking to bottles. [Mother Jones

 

According to this former maître’d, don’t even think about dining out on Valentine’s Day. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: February 9, 2015

 

Warm your belly during these frosty days with a steaming cup of JBF Award winner Dorie Greenspan’s hot cocoa. [Food52]  

 

The USDA orders new internal oversight in response to public outcry over research animal treatment. [NPR]

 

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, an inevitable question arises: what wine pairs best with chocolate? [NYT]

 

Starbucks ups its lactose-free game by offering coconut milk as a dairy substitute. [Yahoo Food]

 

The craft beer boom has... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of February 9

Chefs at the James Beard House

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar next week: 


Sunday, February 9, 12:00 noon

Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner 

Known for her signature blend of Middle Eastern, Armenian, and Mediterranean cuisines, Zov Karamardian runs an empire of restaurants, bistros, and bakeries in Southern California. For this special Friends of James Beard Benefit, Karamardian has crafted a vibrant menu of her legendary fare and will present it along with cooking demonstrations with featured guest and television star Carla Hall. The event will be emceed by JBF Award winner Sherry Yard.

 

Sunday, February 9, 4:00 P.M. 

Valentine's Tea

Treat your valentine to a romantic afternoon tea prepared by an incredible group of chefs and pastry chefs. The top talents... Read more >

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Daily Digest: February 6, 2014

Pizza

 

With Sochi 2014 around the corner, here are some surprisingly unhealthy foods that Olympians are eating. [HuffPo]

 

After a food blogger's urging, Subway will remove a questionable chemical from its bread. [NBC News

 

Witness the genesis of the McNugget in this new behind-the-scenes video from McDonald's. [NPR]

 

Feel like spending extravagantly for Valentine's Day this year? How about a dinner that costs $99,466? [LAT... Read more >

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Daily Digest: February 5, 2014

salt

 

When a recipe says "salt to taste," just how much salt are we talking about? It depends on whom you ask. [WP]

 

After Rodney Scott's cookhouse burned down last year, fellow pitmasters and chefs came together for a barbecue tour and fundraiser. [NPR]

 

Calling all chocolate fiends: get your fix at one of these chocolate factory tours. [USA Today]

 

How to have a Beyoncé-themed Valentine's Day dinner. [... Read more >

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