Recipe: French Onion and Mushroom Soup with Bourbon and Swiss Cheese

French Onion and Mushroom Soup with Bourbon and Swiss Cheese

At first glance, chef J. J. Kingery's version of French onion soup appears to be run-of-the-mill bistro fare. But there are some surprises lurking underneath that crunchy and golden blanket of cheese, like earthy mushrooms that have been cooked in sherry, as well as a generous splash of bourbon. Get the recipe here.

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Q & A with JBF Award Winner Julian P. Van Winkle III

Anna Mowry interviews Julian P. Van Winkle III, winner of the 2011 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional
Winner of the 2011 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, Julian P. Van Winkle III carries on a century-long tradition of producing premium bourbon at Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.

The James Beard Foundation: Rip Van Winkle is a four-generation family company. How did you get involved in the business?

Julian P. Van Winkle: I started working for my dad in 1977. At that time we were selling just one age of Old Rip Van Winkle. We also sold decanters filled with our whiskey. I took over the company in 1981 after my father passed away.

JBF: Can you describe your bourbon recipe and the impact it has on the flavor of your products?

JPVW: Bourbon must be made from at least 51 percent corn. Rye or wheat can also be used. My

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Recipe: R. J. Cooper's Brown Butter–Bourbon Pound Cake

R.J. Cooper's recipe for brown butter–bourbon pound cake A pairing of bourbon and beurre noisette injects some soul into the classic tight-crumb cake. Make this on a cold winter evening, perhaps topped with a scoop of rosemary–brown butter ice cream.

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The Perfect Saturday?

The Vices That Made Virginia Having your fill of oysters, bourbon, cigars, and bluegrass sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday. Add a Virginia pig roast and, well, now you really have a party. These are just some of the highlights of The Vices That Made Virginia, a fundraiser to benefit the new partnership between Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. All proceeds will go toward helping this innovative venture create a vibrant, secure, and equitable local food system in the national capital region. WHEN? Saturday, November 6, 2010 WHERE?  Woodlawn in Alexandria, VA

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