Eye Candy: New Orleans Fig Jam Tart with Pecan Shortbread and Peach Leaf Ice Cream


Ten years after Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, we were honored to celebrate the city’s resilience with the fabled Brennan family when they brought their historic opulence and modern techniques up North to the Beard House. With a menu devoted to the renowned seafood of the South, host Ralph Brennan and his group of world-class chefs took diners on a tasting of the Bayou’s best with dishes like frogs’ legs croquettes with Creole mustard and crispy Louisiana softshell crab with saffron bisque. A real show-stopper of the evening was the final course, a stunning New Orleans fig jam tart layered with lacquered, sweet fresh figs. A feast for both the eyes and the palate, this dessert was paired with buttery pecan shortbread and an inventive peach leaf ice cream. With an evening filled with contemporary takes on New Orleans classics, it had us itching to book our... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 9, 2014


Crumbs Cupcakes shutters all of its stores as the company teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. [HuffPo]


Could a little-known Moroccan fig liquor be the next Smirnoff? [NPR


New studies call the supposed benefits of fish oil into question. [Live Science


Louisiana spent nearly $1.3 million on food stamps for deceased individuals. [The Times-Picayune] ... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: October 17, 2011

figsThe blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook! Glowing Halloween Punch [Chow] Quinine in tonic water glows a fluorescent blue when exposed under black lights. Croissant Bread Pudding [LAT] Croissants replace bread in a savory twist on bread pudding from La Boulange in San Francisco.

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Recipe: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Fig Ketchup

Grilled cheese sandwiches with fig ketchup Marc Forgione layers these gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches with Pecorino Gregoriano, a raw sheep’s milk cheese from Abruzzo—it's sweetness and acidity match well with the sandwich's spicy fig-based condiment. You can find it at high-end grocers and cheese shops; you can also order it directly from its producer, Marcelli Formaggi. Brebirousse d'Argental, Bellwether Farms Pepato, and stinkers like Ardrahan and Hudson Red are all good substitutes. Get the recipe here.

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