Daily Digest: April 24, 2014

Soba

 

Soba: it's lighter, it's healthier and producing it is a serious art. Here's what you should know about Japan's unsung noodle. [Food Republic

 

Bitters: good for more than just mixed drinks. Here's how you can cook with them. [WP

 

Ikea will soon release "greener" alternatives to their Swedish meatballs. [LAT

 

Thanks to its natural image, butter is making a comeback. [Chicago Tribune

 

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Recipe: Poached Pears with Bitters–Almond Ice Cream and Caramel

Marc Forgione's recipe for poached pears with bitters–almond ice cream and caramel

 

If you've sauntered into a proper bar sometime during the past five years, you've likely noticed an outbreak of bitters, the high-proof cocktail ingredients that come in pint-sized bottles but offer intensely bitter flavor. Only a few drops will enliven any drink.

 

Just as they animate cocktails with extra depth and dimension, bitters can also inject complexity into food. When Marc Forgione explored the culinary potential of bitters at a Beard House dinner earlier this fall, he served a soulful ice cream flavored with almonds and Angostura (the workhorse in the bitters world), accessorized with Riesling, citrus, and winter spice–poached pears and a pear juice–sweetened caramel.... Read more >

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Six Bitters to Have on Hand This Summer

 

During these most idle of summer days, we need a damn good reason to abandon our towels and mindless reading. A nicely mixed drink is one acceptable excuse. To ensure that our August libations are of the low-effort, high-reward variety, we turned to Brad Thomas Parsons—author of the JBF Award–winning Bitters: A Spirited History Of A Classic Cure-All With Cocktails, Recipes, And Formulasfor suggestions for unconventional bitters that will add instant pizazz to whatever we're sipping poolside. - The Editors

 

Bartenders love to describe bitters as the salt and pepper of the bar, but I like to think of them as an entire spice cabinet of liquid seasonings. They play a pivotal role in bringing balance to well-made cocktails, and every serious home bar should have three essential bitters on hand: Angostura, Peychaud’s, and an orange bitters. While this trio will allow you to craft a multitude of classic and... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Cocktails

 

Toast to warm-weather entertaining with one of these refreshing and decidedly grown-up cocktails from some of our favorite mixologists.

 

Donaji
Inspired by the legendary sacrifice of a beautiful Oaxacan princess, this citrusy, Mezcal-based cocktail was created by Julian Cox of Rivera in L.A. The rim of chopped chapulines (grasshoppers) is strictly optional.

 

Paddington
A touch of the famous bear's beloved orange marmalade rounds out this absinthe and rum cocktail from David Slape of New York City's PDT, which took home our inaugural Outstanding Bar Program award in 2012.

 

Turf
Chill your cocktail glasses ahead of time to keep this gin lovers' drink from 2012 Outstanding Bar Program nominee... Read more >

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