Recipe Roundup: Recipes for a Celebration

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You may have kicked your Christmas tree to the curb and sworn off cookies for the foreseeable future, but here at the James Beard Foundation we are keeping the jovial atmosphere alive as we gear up for a year of festivities in honor of our 25th anniversary. Here are some of our favorite recipes for a celebration. Oysters with Crisp Shiitakes, Scallions, and Roasted Shiitake Mignonette A duo of fried and roasted shiitakes offers a rich, earthy contrast against sweet and briny oysters. Blini with Caviar Use a domestic caviar like American sturgeon, paddlefish, or salmon to top these dainty Russian pancakes.

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Recipe Roundup: Holiday Hors d'Ouevre

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Nothing says it's the holiday season like a silver tray laden with decadent, bite-sized nibbles. In the spirit of James Beard, whose first cookbook was entitled Hors d'Ouevre and Canapés, here's a selection of some of our favorite little party-starters. Foie Gras Cuban Sandwiches [JBF] A touch of jalapeño pesto and spiced bananas add zip to this indulgent cousin of the Cubano. Oyster Mushroom Cappuccino with White Truffle Oil [JBF] This creamy, earthy soup looks extra-fancy when served in demitasse cups.

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Eye Candy: Beet Meringues with Crème Fraîche and Caviar

George Mendes, who has earned raves for his Iberian-inspired cuisine at Aldea, prepared these ethereal beet meringues at his recent Beard House dinner. Click here to see more photos of his gorgeous menu.

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Recipe: Blini with Caviar

Blini with cavair Consider this classic, decadent hors d'oeuvre for your New Year's Eve party. From the pages of James Beard's New Fish Cookery, the blini are a cinch to prepare, and the gleaming caviar provides the perfect celebratory note. A clean Champagne or vodka helps it all go down.

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Eye Candy: American Icons Gala Auction and Dinner

We're wrapping up the week with another helping of photos from Wednesday's American Icons gala auction and dinner at the Four Seasons Restaurant. Scroll down for shots of the fabulous crowd and stunning space. (For yesterday's batch, click here.)

JBF president Susan Ungaro and Charlie PalmerJBF president Susan Ungaro and Charlie Palmer pose for a photo during the VIP reception

silent auctionGuests mingle during the silent auction

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