Recipes: Memorial Day Cookout

 

With Memorial Day approaching, we're eagerly anticipating the official kickoff to grilling season. On the menu for the weekend? A breezy cocktail, soy-marinated steak, a mind-blowing (seriously) macaroni salad, and port-poached rhubarb paired with creamy homemade ricotta and walnut crumble.

 

Gin-Gin Mule

Lime juice + mint + gin + ginger beer = a drink that you'll make over and over again all summer.

 

Grilled Marinated Sirloin with Crisp Ginger, Garlic, and Black Pepper

A smart chef trick: right before serving, top a simple dish with aromatics tossed in hot oil.

 

Macaroni Salad

Bear with us. Macaroni salad made with homemade mayonnaise is in a category by itself. This version from James... Read more >

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What We're Reading: April 20, 2015

 

Dust off your grills: Spring barbecue weather is just around the corner. [Food Republic

 

Thailand stores go bug wild: you can now find insect snacks in their supermarkets. [NPR

 

JBF Award winner Danny Meyer predicts the future of fine casual dining. [Yahoo! Food

 

Decadent breakfasts​ don't have to be reserved for weekend brunch. [Munchies

 

U.S. fishing management is improving our national fish stocks, but is it enough? [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: April 1, 2015

 

From barbecue stalls to in-store sommeliers, traditional grocery stores are trying anything to win back customers. [NPR

 

Don’t limit yourself to ramen and soba: Food52 suggests some lesser-known types of Asian noodles and how best to use them. [Food52

 

The Academy of Nutrition has backed away from its endorsement of Kraft Singles. [Food Politics

 

Will it fizz? The newest device from Sodastream can supposedly ... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 3, 2014

Margaritas

 

The many origin stories of the margarita. [History Channel

 

Chinese oenophiles have acquired a taste for South African wines. [Bloomberg

 

A doctor in Seattle might have solved the peanut allergy issue. [NBC

 

There's more to simple syrup than just sugar and water. [Food Republic

 

The California Strawberry Commission fights to keep strawberry breeding a public affair. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 2, 2014

 

The robot takeover begins with IBM Watson’s barbecue sauce. [NPR]

 

A different sort of food truck: moving companies partner to crack down on food waste. [Civil Eats]

 

The top ten new trends from the Fancy Food Show. [Ad Age]

 

A nonprofit website in Germany acts as a Craiglist for leftovers. [... Read more >

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Recipe: Smoked Pineapple–Braised St. Louis Spare Ribs with Blackberry Barbecue Sauce

 

When you break out the grill this holiday weekend, take your al fresco menu up a notch with these show-stopping ribs from Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q. The award-winning pitmaster uses a couple of surprising ingredients to give this recipe a fruity twist. Serve with a classic potato salad and lots of napkins.  

 

Get the recipe here.

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Daily Digest: May 15, 2014

 

wine labels

 

U.S passes France in annual wine consumption. [NPR]

 

USDA-proposed beef imports from Brazil give American ranchers cause for concern. [NPR]

 

Fast food protests go global as workers push for higher wages. [NYT]

 

After a devastating forest fire, morels find new life. [ABC

 

American apples are overwhelming the Mexican market. [... 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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JBF on the Air: Amy and Mike Mills

 

On last week's smokin' hot episode of Taste Matters, Amy and Mike Mills of the legendary 17th Street Bar & Grill joined Mitchell Davis to talk all things 'cue. They discussed regional differences among barbecue style, the art of achieving perfect flavor, and their mission to bring small-town barbecue culture to New York City. Listen below to learn more:

 

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