What We're Reading This Week

 

These windowsill herbs will give your homemade cocktails extra layers of flavor. [Saveur

 

Practice Zen Buddhism in the kitchen through observation and intuition. [MUNCHIES

 

This fava bean flatbread is a great way to welcome spring. [Bon Appétit

 

A look into how the USDA contributes to America’s local food movement through digital media and storytelling skills. [Modern Farmer

 

The desire for cheap, “ethnic foods” in America restricts immigrant chefs and their creativity. [... Read more >

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Recipe: Fava Bean and Langoustine Crostini

 

An elegant opener for your next dinner party, these crostini from Jim Burke of New York's Caffè Storico are topped with sweet sheep's milk ricotta, creamy fava beans, and lightly breaded and lemon-spritzed langoustines. If langoustines aren't available, use jumbo shrimp.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Radish and Fava Bean Tea Sandwiches

Radish and Fava Bean Tea Sandwiches

Details about the royal wedding menu remain hush-hush, though the New York Times reports that guests will be treated to a staggering spread of over 10,000 canapés instead of a sit-down meal. You can throw a scaled-down toast to the new couple and make these dainty tea sandwiches from Andrea Lekberg of the Artist Baker in New Jersey. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Fava Bean Purée

This simple but delicious purée from JBF Award winner Alice Waters showcases one of the darlings of spring produce: the fava bean. While the beans do require a bit of time and fuss (they must be shelled and then eased out of their skins), their creamy, fresh flavor and inviting color are worth the effort.

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