Happy Hour: Mango–Mezcal Paloma

 

While the ubiquitous Margarita may masquerade as the most popular Mexican cocktail, seasoned beverage aficionados know that the Paloma (Spanish for "dove") is one of the most beloved libations south of the border—and it's swiftly gaining traction. A refreshing combination of sweet and tart, the Paloma traditionally combines tequila, grapefruit, lime, and salt with an effervescent kick. This vibrant spin from New York City's La Palapa calls for both tequila and its smoky sister spirit, mezcal (derived from the Nahuatl translaton for "oven-cooked agave"). Mango purée and chopped cilantro lend a decidedly tropical flair. We'll drink to that. 

 

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Melon Baller: Jim Meehan's Take on a Watermelon Margarita

 

I like the idea of a watermelon margarita. But you can't really substitute watermelon for lime juice—it just doesn't have that acidity. And sure, you could add watermelon on top of the lime juice, but to me, that's kind of like making a banana daiquiri. Is it a tasty drink? Sure. But should you do it? Out of principle, probably not. Also there's the issue of strength. People tend to think of the margarita as a light and refreshing drink, but between the tequila and tripe sec, your typical margarita can be stronger than a Manhattan. So I like the idea of adding tequila to something traditional and quite light, like aguas frescas. These are the natural sodas of Mexico, typically made with watermelon, hibiscus, or tamarind. I operate on the "what grows together, goes together" principle, so adding tequila to a traditional Mexican beverage just makes sense.

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What We're Reading: August 17, 2015

 

The history of the humble hamburger, an American classic. [FWF

 

Ditch your mixing bowl: make whipped cream in a mason jar. [The Kitchn

 

Food52 weighs in on the “spirit cocktails” of top food media companies. [Food52

 

Could powdered food be the answer to world hunger? [Mental Floss

 

A new study reveals that... Read more >

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What We're Reading: August 4, 2015

 

The world’s first zero-waste brewery has opened in Japan. [Travel + Leisure

 

Those leftover tomato skins are just begging to be transformed into tomato salt. [Food52

 

Beat your summer hangover with some frozen hair-of-the-dog. [My Name is Yeh

 

The physics behind soggy cereal. [MUNCHIES

 

What does a human longevity expert cook for dinner? [... Read more >

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5 Easy Ways to Use Up Summer Fruit Before It Goes Bad

 

Summer fruit is so precious and fleeting, sometimes it can be hard to hold back at the market. We come home loaded down with baskets of cherries and blueberries, quarts of tiny plums and fuzzy peaches. And inevitably some of it ends up crossing the line between peak ripeness and too-mushy-to-eat-raw, and we toss it. But this summer, make it your mission not to let over-ripe fruit go to waste. Transform those bruised nectarines, mushy apricots, and smashed strawberries into jams, scones, homemade cocktails, smoothies. Make the most of the season. Leave no stone fruit unturned. Here's how:

 

1) Make a hodgepodge compote: peel and dice whichever fruits have become mushy and over-ripe: peaches, apricots, cherries, rhubarb, it doesn't matter. In a medium saucepan, combine the fruit, a squeeze of lemon, and a couple of heaping tablespoons of granulated sugar. Simmer on low heat until the fruit has broken down and the mixture is beginning to thicken, about 10-15 minutes. Taste. If it's too... Read more >

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Happy Hour: How to Make James Beard's Vermouth Cassis

 

We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

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Happy Hour: How to Make Cucumber Margaritas

Photo: Emilie Baltz

 

We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

Forget kale juice or wheatgrass shots: our new favorite way to drink our veggies is by mixing up this ultra-refreshing cucumber margarita recipe from JBF Award winner Rick Bayless.... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 9, 2015

 

It's a soup! No, it's a popsicle! Actually, if you're in Shanghai, it's both. [Food52

 

The Jersey Sloppy Joe trades ground beef and a bun for coleslaw and rye. [Serious Eats

 

International working conditions and supply chain standards are on the docket for this week's G-7 summit. [NYT

 

Edible fruit and vegetable sprays could help prolong produce shelf-life, and cut down on food waste. [MUNCHIES

 

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Video: How to Make the Violet Hour's Hush and Wonder

Photo: Cassandra Stadnicki

 

We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

At the... Read more >

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Happy Hour: The Violet Hour's Stone Cold Fox

Photo by Jenna Liberman

 

The Violet Hour, an elegant Chicago mixology mecca and our 2015 Outstanding Bar Program award winner, beckons discerning clientele with many luxuries: a romantic, serene space with floor-to-ceiling curtains, high-backed blue leather chairs, flickering candles and chandeliers; fine-tuned volume levels and elbow room; and an eclectic selection of artisanal cocktails made with painstaking precision. One shining example is the Stone Cold Fox, a vernal marriage between a Pisco punch and a Mai Tai. As bartender Alyssa Heidt puts it, "Carefree and whimsical, she's the kind of girl who knows how to party." Get the recipe here.

 

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