Throwback Thursday: Jack Daniel's Birthday at the Beard House

 

It’s officially fall. It’s the end of bikini season, it’s time to go apple-picking, and you can’t go two feet without stumbling over a pumpkin-spiced something.

 

In a nod to the season of spiked cider and hot toddies, here's a look back at Hill Country Barbecue’s 2009 Beard House dinner celebrating the birthday of Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel, known by some as the founder of the Jack Daniel's distillery. Duff Goldman of Ace of Cakes was on hand for a very special dessert: a 60-pound cake in the shape of the birthday boy, complete with a whiskey barrel and a bottle of the eponymous liquor. In perfect fall form, the food was decadent, the cocktails flowed, and the cake’s flavor? Pumpkin, of course.

 

Take a peek at the video below to watch Duff ceremoniously cutting the cake:

 

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What We're Reading: July 22, 2014

Pie

 

Cake vs. Pie: Which is more American? [VOX

 

White House welcomes 54 kids to cook for the President and First Lady. [NPR

 

In New York, tea is the new coffee. [WSJ

 

A few tips on how to make bad wine taste better. [TIME

 

A new toaster provides edible selfies. [ABC

 

FDA warns that powdered caffeine is dangerous. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 24, 2014

Stevia

 

A ninth grader discovers that Truvia sweetener contains insecticides. [Food Beast

 
Think beyond pork: duck bacon sales are on the rise.​ [Food Republic

 

Woman raises the bar on birthday baking with a homemade pizza cake. [ABC

 

A Velveeta recall leads to liquid gold shortage. [NBC]  

 

Kentucky community raises thousands of dollars for injured local chef.  [Today] ... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 19, 2014

Break out the rubber bands: a better way to cut cake? [Gizmodo]

 

Five Southern chefs discuss the history and future of their region’s cuisine. [Food Republic]

 

Some restaurants know exactly how often you use their bathrooms. [NYP]

 

Yes, you can cook a hot dog in a Pringles can. [Food Beast]... Read more >

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Daily Digest: May 19, 2014

 

chocolate milk

 

As Connecticut discusses school beverage legislation, chocolate milk is caught in the crossfire. [Fox News]

 

The Gaza Strip is going organic, but some locals are resisting higher prices. [NPR]

 

The baumkuchen trail: how the "tree cake" traveled from Germany to Denver and elsewhere. [NPR]

 

Understanding gluten: a video tries to demystify these confusing proteins. [LAT

 

Why smoking meat is part of... Read more >

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Valentine's Day Desserts

Meringues

 

This Valentine's Day, why not skip the meal and just get to what we all really want: dessert. (As in, actual dessert.) Here's a round-up of sweet treats we'd love to be treated to: 

 

Drunken S'more Cake 

Isn't getting a little drunk and a little messy the recipe for a perfect Valentine's Day? This playful riff on the campfire classic will definitely get you into the spirit. 

 

Chocolate Budino with Candied Hazelnuts and Grapefruit 

This elegant, rich pudding is extra-decadent topped with Campari-scented grapefruit peel and toasted, sugar-slicked hazelnuts. 

 ... Read more >

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Recipe: Parsnip Cake

Rosiana Tong's parsnip cake, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Parsnip cake doesn't enjoy as high of a profile as its carrot-based cousin does, but it's equally tasty and just as much of a breeze to prepare. This version from Berwyn, Pennsylvania's Nectar uses a fat pinch of baking spices to coax out the earthy sweetness of the grated root vegetables. If you have a food processor and a fine shredder disc, we recommend using them to prep your parsnips. The disc will produce a more delicate cut than a box grater will, and your finished cake will have a more pleasing texture.

 

Get the recipe here. The Nectar team will be cooking at the Beard House on February 8.

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Recipe Roundup: Southern Seafood Spectacular

Recipe for Cornmeal-Crusted Oysters with Sriracha Rémoulade, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Make yourself a pitcher of sweet tea to sip alongside this Southern-inspired menu of fried oysters, sweet olive-oil poached shrimp, a spicy crayfish ragout, and a towering coconut cake. Porch swing not included.

 

Cornmeal-Crusted Oysters with Sriracha Rémoulade

You'll want to dip everything in your fridge into the spicy, lime-spiked mayo that accompanies these crisp fried oysters.

 

Poached Shrimp with Creamed Corn, Marinated Tomatoes, Butter Beans, and Basil

Butter beans are a Southern staple, but lima beans make a fine substitute.... Read more >

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