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: May 18, 2015

 

Cool off as the temperatures skyrocket with some homemade ice cream sammies. [Huff Po

 

Tragedy strikes poultry farmers as a new strain of bird flu infects millions of hens. [NYT

 

Could high noise levels be to blame for subpar in-flight food? [Munchies

 

Get a taste of the best of both worlds: coffee in beer. [Bon Appétit

 

Will Puerto... Read more >

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Happy Hour: James Beard’s Jack Rose

 

Don’t be deterred by the delicate pink hue of a Jack Rose cocktail; this is no Cosmopolitan. Made with a spirit that predates America, this libation is better suited for devoted history buffs than Sex and the City fans. In the Colonial Era, applejack was a concentrated apple cider, but now it denotes an apple brandy blend. The most prominent distiller of the spirit, Laird & Company, was also the first commercial distillery in the new country, having gotten its license in 1780. 

 

This cocktail peaked in popularity during the Roaring Twenties, but that’s no reason to let it languish—mix it up a few for friends this weekend and impress them with a bit of history. Get the recipe right here.

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What We're Reading: February 23, 2015

 

How do you justify a $22 Manhattan? [Washington Post

 

A beer enthusiast claims he has found the next beer meccas of America. [Yahoo! Food

 

According to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, our real archenemy should be added sugar. [NYT

 

A death row inmate's last meal request includes two Burger King Whoppers, and tops 4,000 calories. [Thrillist

 

Is good service in... Read more >

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What We're Reading: February 12, 2015

 

Strawberry feuds aren't forever: a big lawsuit over the strawberry breeding program at the University of California, Davis is finally over. [NPR]

 

Step outside the (chocolate) box with your sweet treats gifts for Valentine's Day. [NYT

 

How do our school lunches compare to those around the world? [Bustle

 

One beer enthusiast says craft beer is dead, and it's all because of Gose. [... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Sherry Bloody Mary

bloody mary

 

Few classic cocktails are more storied than the Bloody Mary, which is reportedly celebrating its 80th birthday this year. With roots stemming from the Russian Revolution and Prohibition, its original name and recipe have long been disputed—but one thing is clear: it's a beloved brunch tradition, hangover cure, and one of the most ubiquitous libations in America today.

 

This weekend, spice up your cocktail routine with a unique twist on the zesty tomato-infused treat. Created by Leo Robitschek of the Bar at the NoMad Hotel, our 2014 winner for Outstanding Bar Program, this sherry-anchored Bloody Mary doubles up on veggies by featuring beet juice along with the classic tomato juice. This inspired variation is perfect for adding a little spice to your Friday evening happy hour ritual—and for reviving you again in the morning if you happened to get a little too carried away. 

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On the Menu: Week of April 27

Photo by Philip Gross

 

Here's what's happening at the Beard House this week: 

 

Monday, April 28, 7:00 P.M. 
Garden Spring Fling 
Tucked away on a quaint cobblestone street lies Harvest, a storied Harvard Square restaurant famous for its locally sourced, progressive New England fare and succession of renowned Boston-area chefs at the helm. For this Beard House dinner, chefs Mary Dumont and Brian Mercury have crafted a spectacular feast that highlights the luscious flavors of spring.

 

Tuesday, April 29, 7:00 P.M. 
Coastal Kitchen
Mid-Atlantic beachgoers revere the Delaware coast for its relaxed vibe, beautiful surf, and fresh seafood—perhaps... Read more >

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Daily Digest: February 3, 2014

Chocolate milk

 

As the Olympics near, chocolate milk gets rebranded as a sports drink. [WP]

 

With food safety in mind, purveyors of marijuana-laced treats want their products to be regulated. [NPR

 

​What's inside your protein bar? More sugar and calories than you think. [NYT]

 

Processed-cheese apocalypse: first Velveeta, now product shortages from Kraft's Polly-O.  [Fox News... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 23, 2014

Fishing boat

 

Sport fishermen are now reeling in excess fish to help feed local food pantries in Maine. [NPR]

 

No scout left behind: as Girl Scout cookie season begins,the organization is releasing a new, gluten-free treat at select test markets today. [LAT]

 

Monsanto takes a step back from GMO crops and into a new market: organic. [Wired]

 

Perfectly crafted and mixed before shipping, bottled cocktails trend its way into the U.S. from London. [... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Absinthe

absinthe

 

WHAT? Louche libation. A distilled, mildly anise-flavored spirit infused with herbs, absinthe was mythologized by countless late 19th- and early 20th-century writers and artists—Degas, Van Gogh, Wilde, and Hemingway among them. Often called "the green fairy," absinthe came to be considered as dangerous as it was popular and was banned in the United States and several European countries by 1915.

 

Described at the time by a member of the U.S. Department of Agriculture as "one of the worst enemies of man," the seriously strong spirit, which is made with wormwood, a plant with purported hallucinogenic properties, was blamed for several high-profile cases of violence (including Van Gogh's ear-cutting incident).

 

These days absinthe's mind-altering effects have been widely disproven. In 2004 the U.S. ban was lifted, and absinthe moved off the black market and onto the shelves. The liquor, which has an alcohol content of up to 75%, is traditionally served in a glass topped... Read more >

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