Eye Candy: Duck Heart Lasagne with Corn, Black Truffles, and Crispy Quail Egg

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After serious stints at Michael Mina, Cyrus, and the French Laundry, chef Rogelio Garcia now helms the kitchen at Napa’s acclaimed Angèle. At his recent Beard House dinner, Garcia wowed guests with his signature Wine Country–inspired fare, including this inventive lasagne layered with rich duck heart, sweet corn, earthy black truffles, and topped with a crispy fried quail egg​. We're booking the next flight to Napa.


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Video: How to Make Farfalle with Duck Ragù


We're excited to announce our partnership 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 share 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.


Gabe and Katherine Thompson’s intimate downtown restaurants offer discerning New York City diners soulful Italian cuisine with a modern spin. For their recent Beard House dinner, this powerhouse husband-and-wife team crafted a... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Thanksgiving with a Southern Twist


Turducken may be old hat at this point, but only at the Beard House could you taste a Turduckgras meatball—that’s turkey, duck, and foie gras. This TBT, we’re looking back at these unusual bird balls that were served as part of our 2012 Thanksgiving with a Southern Twist dinner, where Scott Varnedoe of Baton Rouge’s Stroubes showed us how they properly celebrate below the Mason Dixon. With a menu ranging from Roasted Butternut Squash–Louisiana Jumbo Lump Crab Cappuccino with Red and Green Chili Oil, Allspice Whipped Cream, and Toasted Chestnut Dust to Individual Apple–Pecan Pies with Buttermilk–Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Calvados Caramel, and Dehydrated Apple Baklava Sticks, Beard House diners were treated to a Southern feast that left them with nary a thought of Mom’s candied yams.


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Eye Candy: Duck Pho with Seared Foie Gras

Leah Cohen's Duck Pho with Seared Foie Gras


Leah Cohen first rose to fame as a Top Chef contestant, but she proved her culinary chops with the opening of the New York Times two-starred Pig and Khao, where she serves contemporary iterations of the foods from her mother’s native Philippines. For her Beard House dinner this summer, Cohen designed a menu to showcase cuisines from several Southeast Asian countries. One of the locales on her culinary tour was Vietnam, with this show-stopping duck pho with seared foie gras. Silky, rich, and intensely flavorful, this traditional Vietnamese noodle soup was a hit with Beard House diners, pho sure


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Recipe Roundup: Pasta


Reinvent pasta night with a bowl of one of these impressive but easy-to-make carb-laden entrées.


Crab Carbonara with Meyer Lemon, Black Pepper, and Parsley

Dungeness crabmeat and a squeeze of Meyer lemon juice give the classic carbonara company-worthy panache.


Pappardelle with Duck and Juniper Ragù

Red wine, brandy, and citrus zest intensify this rich, hearty winter dish.


Rao's Cappelletti con Prosciutto e Radicchio

Cappelletti is similar to a freshly made mini tortellini. You can substitute store-bought cheese tortellini or ravioli.

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Recipe: Buttermilk Channel's Duck Meat Loaf

Recipe for Buttermilk Channel's duck meat loaf Ryan Angulo puts a sophisticated spin on meat loaf by using succulent duck
 breast, sweet raisins, and grassy herbs. Two duck breasts will yield the necessary meat and fat for this recipe. Your butcher can remove the thick slabs of fat from the meat and grind the two parts separately.

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Eat This Word: Carnitas

The James Beard Foundation on carnitas
WHAT? Mexican confit. Though the word carnitas can refer to any small bits of cooked meat—that are usually served in soft corn tacos at roadside stands throughout Mexico—the most common is pork. To make pork carnitas, large pieces of shoulder and other fatty parts of the pig are simmered in vats of lard until they are crisp on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. The meat is removed from the fat, drained, and broken up into small shreds that are then stuffed into tacos. (Where there are carnitas, there are usually chicherones, or crisp, fried pork skins.) The western part of central Mexico, namely Michoacán, is known for carnitas, but truth be told they are tasty just about everywhere—even Queens, New York.

WHERE? Ivy Stark, Scott Linquist, and Hugo Reyes's Beard House dinner

WHEN? May 21, 2010

HOW? Roast Duck Breast and Duck Carnitas Enchiladas with Dried Fruit,

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Eat this Word: Croque Monsieur

croque monsieurWHAT? A ham-'n-cheese sandwich with a French twist. The classic croque monsieur, darling of cash-poor tourists and French folk-on-the-go, is buttered bread, Gruyère cheese, and lean ham, fried in clarified butter. In the good old days before even the French began to rush their meals, it was served as an hors d'oeuvre, a tea sandwich, or the main event in a (pre-cholesterol) light lunch. The modern version of this "crunchy sir" is more often a ham-and-Swiss combo, toasted in a grill press and served hot and delicious at cafes and street stalls, so even those Francophiles most pressed for time don't have to settle for McDonald's. Apparently when it crosses the ocean, this impeccably pedigreed Gallic standard gets some new clothes: this month at the Beard House, for instance, it's served with duck pastrami. WHERE? JBF Award winner Donald Link, Ryan

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Recipe: Pappardelle with Duck and Juniper Ragù

ragùFlat, long, and wide, pappardelle are the perfect noodles for a hefty ragù. We especially love this duck and juniper–studded version from our friends at the Apicius International School of Hospitality. You can find juniper berries in the spice section of many specialty and gourmet food stores.

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Recipe: Crispy Long Island Duck Breast with Parsnip Purée, Duck Confit, and Spiced Cherry Glaze

duck breast Hector Tice of the Black Duck in New York City served this very apropos duck breast dish at his Beard House luncheon. The luscious parsnip purée is a worthy partner for duck, while the spiced cherry glaze imparts some welcome tang.

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