Eye Candy: B.L.T. Sandwiches with Cocoa-Crusted Bacon and Spiced Tomato Chutney

 

In honor of Valentine’s Day, craft chocolatiers Matthew Silverman and Matthew Piekarski brought their unique “bean to bar” concept to the Beard House for a chocolate-infused dégustation. Keith Schroeder, who sources Hexx chocolate for his artisanal ice cream company, joined the duo for an evening of gastronomic indulgence. With a menu filled with creative dishes like braised beef brisket empanadas with dried cherries, guajillo chiles, and mole negro and seared sea scallops with white bean cassoulet, cocoa nib–lamb merguez, escarole, and preserved... Read more >

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What We're Reading This Week

 

Spoil your loved one this Valentine’s Day with this easy Chocolate–Cherry Mousse. [NYT]

 

The slurp of love: a Tokyo ramen chain has introduced chocolate ramen for this Valentine’s Day. [Grubstreet]

 

America’s Test Kitchen shares the secret to buying the best Parmesan. [America’s Test Kitchen]

 

Major grocers and corporations begin the transition to cage-free eggs: here’s what you need to know. [Yahoo! Food]

 

Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has introduced a new program that distinguishes authentic Japanese restaurants from non-traditional... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: A Caribbean Valentine's Day with Cindy Hutson

 

When you think of Valentine’s Day, you might imagine chocolate, flowers, and decadent dinners—perhaps in Paris, known as the City of Love. Many of our dinners dedicated to the holiday have featured talented chefs exploring the captivating qualities of French cuisine, their menus replete with lavish dishes like Roasted Squab Breast and Foie Gras with Truffle Périgourdine Sauce or Butter-Poached Lobster with Roasted Tomato Tartare and Red Beet Essence. But the French don’t have a monopoly on romantic gastronomy. This Throwback Thursday, we’re looking back to 2005, when chef Cindy Hutson won the hearts of Beard House diners with her Caribbean-themed Valentine’s fête. Hutson, a self-taught chef, proved that Curried Beef Puff Patties were just as sexy as Cheese Soufflés. Featuring zesty, bold flavors, this vibrant meal sent diners on the... Read more >

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Recipes: 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.... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of February 8

 

Here’s what’s coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:


Monday, February 8, 7:00 P.M.

Chinese New Year: East and West

Chinese New Year is always a spirited celebration at the Beard House, and this year’s fusion-inspired feast is no exception. Ring in the Year of the Monkey with some of D.C.’s top toques, as Peter Chang, Scott Drewno, and K.N. Vinod prepare a jubilant meal uniting Sichuan, Cali-Asian, and Indian cuisines.

 

Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 P.M.

Mardi Gras... Read more >

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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 enough to buy... 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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