Daily Digest: February 12, 2014

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A new restaurant in Shanghai caters to American expatriates by offering American-style Chinese food. [NPR]

 

Russ Parsons tastes and ranks packaged sardines. [LAT]

 

While Barilla considers 3D-printing elaborate pasta shapes, let's travel back to the Architects' Macaroni Exhibition, where Japanese architects showcased their ideas for futuristic noodles. [Smithsonian]

 

Whether you're a pastry pro or a baking newbie, there's a Valentine's Day cake recipe for you. [... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Maureen B. Fant

Maureen B. Fant on Taste Matters with Mitchell Davis

 

On last week’s episode of Taste Matters, JBF’s Mitchell Davis talked pasta with Maureen B. Fant, who co-authored Sauces & Shapes: Pasta the Italian Way. Maureen discussed how her classical studies brought her to Rome and transformed her into a pasta expert, why certain pasta shapes are served with particular sauces, how she worked with co-author Oretta Zanini De Vita to transmit her encyclopedic knowledge of Italian cuisine and history, and how Italian food traditions keep the family together. To learn more, listen here

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary... Read more >

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10 Ways to Cook Kale Without Making Kale Salad

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Though it's hard to remember, there was a time when few of us had heard of kale salad. Back in those gastronomically prehistoric days, kale was, in fact, occasionally consumed in cooked form. And it was still delicious. If you've maxed out on raw greens, here are some alternative ways to prepare this celebrated superfood:

 

1. Serve it Greek-style: blanched, squeezed, chopped, and doused with olive oil and lemon juice. Top with a handful of crumbled feta: you won't regret it.

 

2. Throw it into a tangy, garlicky pasta sauce.

 

3. Add kale and other greens to a hearty, phenomenal, bean purée–thickened minestrone soup.

 

4. Blend it into a ... Read more >

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Recipe: Bucatini with Ramps and Pancetta

Recipe for Bucatini with Ramps and Pancetta, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Ramps, the petite, wild leeks that peek out of the earth in early spring, may be the food lover's biggest morale booster. When the first harvest appears at the markets, it signals that the rest of the season's bounty will soon be within reach.

 

Here, ramp leaves and bulbs are sautéed with pancetta to make a racy sauce for bucatini—a round, spaghetti-thick pasta with a hole threaded through its center.

 

Get the recipe here.

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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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