What We're Reading: December 18, 2014

 

Educate yourself: what supermarket labels really tell you about the beef you buy. [Serious Eats

 

The food industry is all about “personal responsibility,” so why are they opposed to the new calorie counts regulation? [Civil Eats

 

Mother Jones weighs in on the best food books of 2014. [Mother Jones

 

An Iron Chef winner is revamping camping fare. [MPBN... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 16, 2014

 

Break out of your December doldrums with these seasonal vegetables and fruits. [FR

 

Liquor in the loo? London's newest bar is in an old underground bathroom. [Grub Street

 

How Chanukah gelt went from currency to chocolate. [NPR]

 

The Michelin curse: why chefs are saying no thanks to Michelin stars. [The Daily Meal

 

Are these history's most gluttonous men? [First We... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 4, 2014

 

A cornucopia of Christmas cookies for all your upcoming holiday swaps. [HuffPo

 

From cigarettes to fresh produce: the nation’s largest food hub is set to open in Kentucky. [Civil Eats

 

Martin Riese is America’s only water sommelier, and he's created a 44-page water menu in Los Angeles. [Quartz

 

Relive your childhood and make Dunkaroos at home. [... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Beard House Entertaining Issues

 

It seems these days that the minute Halloween is crossed off our calendar, the whole world springs into holiday party mode. With that tsunami of soirées in mind, we've reached into the archives for some lighthearted tips and tricks for surviving the holiday season. And for those adamant that Halloween be given its due, we’ll concede these are some truly terrifying party scenarios.

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Recipe: Wild Mushroom, Shoyu, and Goat Cheese Truffles

Recipe for wild mushroom, shoyu, and goat cheese truffles, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

These mushroom and risotto–based truffles may look like regular old fritters, but one bite exposes their umami-rich cores of shoyu and goat cheese. (Shoyu is just the name for soy sauce in Hawaii and Japan, so if you have a bottle of soy sauce in your pantry, you're covered.) Enlist some friends to help you churn out a few batches at your holiday gathering.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Recipe Roundup: Holiday Hors d'Ouevre

Olympia biscuits


Nothing says it's the holiday season like a silver tray laden with decadent, bite-sized nibbles. In the spirit of James Beard, whose first cookbook was entitled Hors d'Ouevre and Canapés, here's a selection of some of our favorite little party-starters. Foie Gras Cuban Sandwiches [JBF] A touch of jalapeño pesto and spiced bananas add zip to this indulgent cousin of the Cubano. Oyster Mushroom Cappuccino with White Truffle Oil [JBF] This creamy, earthy soup looks extra-fancy when served in demitasse cups.

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Recipe Roundup: Holiday Dinner Menu

Chilled Oysters with Cucumber Water

This Christmas, forget the goose and sticky pudding and serve this decadent, nontraditional menu instead. This meal would also be perfect for an intimate New Year's Eve dinner party. Chilled Oysters with Cucumber Water Sweet and briny oysters on the half shell are paired with a spicy cucumber–ginger mignonette. Fennel and Arugula Salad This light, lemony salad can be taken to the next level with a pinch of fennel pollen and a little smoked sea salt. Lobster Stew An indulgent, yet homey, main course from Canal House's Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer.

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