Roasting: Our Favorite Way to Cook in Winter

 

Roasting is our go-to cooking method during the colder months. A hot oven, a generous pour of olive oil, and a sprinkling of salt is all you need to produce simple but spectacular dishes. But with a little bit of finesse, the technique can also yield sophisticated results, as in the following recipes:

 

Roasted Clams with Herb Jam and Chorizo Butter

Slices of crusty bread provide a bed for the clams in the roasting pan, and are perfect for sopping up the paprika-spiked chorizo butter.

 

Roasted Pineapple with Prosciutto

A welcome alternative to prosciutto-and-melon, this playful appetizer is made with a pineapple that's been roasted whole.

 

Smothered Pork Roast

This tender pork shoulder... Read more >

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What We're Reading: January 15, 2015

 

Pizza Hut guarantees celiac safety with two new gluten-free pies. [NYT

 

Before you start home-brewing, make sure you have these equipment essentials. [Food52

 

Need a last-minute dinner party dessert? Serious Eats swoops in with an emergency elegant fruit mousse. [Serious Eats

 

The truth behind the crab stick inside your California roll. [HuffPo

 

Top chefs wax rhapsodic on their favorite fast food burgers. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 31, 2014

 

Why do Midwesterners eat pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s? A look into regional lucky foods and their origins. [Serious Eats

 

Keep your New Year’s Champagne bubbly for up to a week thanks to a new preservation system. [Fork in the Road

 

Airports are revamping their dining options with farm-to-table fare. [NYT

 

The FDA and EPA raise concerns about nanosilver in our food. [... Read more >

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Watermelon: Sweet and Savory

Bay Scallop Ceviche with Watermelon and Black Sesame

 

Though it's most often eaten on its own—cold, sliced, no recipe needed—watermelon can be a refreshing counterpoint to strong flavors like mint and ginger, tart lime, and even spicy, marinated pork belly.

 

Bay Scallop Ceviche with Watermelon and Black Sesame

Festive and flavorful, this no-cook dish will help you keep cool during the season's final heat wave.

 

Chilled Watermelon Soup with Mint and Ginger

Serve this vermilion-hued soup as a palate cleanser, appetizer, or even dessert.

 

Zak Pelaccio's Pork and Watermelon Salad... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: July 25, 2014

 

The latest trend in humane dairy production, slaughter-free milk, may be great for cows, but could take a toll on the environment. [Grist]

 

A growing number of large food companies are quietly removing GMOs from their ingredients lists. [NPR]

 

What animal product has the greatest environmental impact? A new study compares beef, dairy, pork, poultry and eggs. [Treehugger]

 

Photographer Henrik Spohler uses art to explore the disconnected relationship between people and modern industrial agriculture. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: May 14, 2014

 

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Thirteen arrested in counterfeit cheese scam. [LAT]

 

The making of the world's most beautiful crops and how to use them. [NPR]

 

Are all calories created equal? Katie Couric searches for an answer. [NYT]

 

The World Pork Expo will make adjustments in light of PEDV threat. [WHOtv... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of March 9

Photo by Kent Miller

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar this week:

 

Monday, March 10, 7:00 P.M.

Coastal Maine Respite

Bound by a shared reverence for nature, JBF Award winner Ken Oringer and Justin Walker have joined forces at Earth at Hidden Pond to create simple yet innovative farm-to-fork fare. For this Beard House dinner, Walker will present a stunning menu overflowing with produce picked straight from the restaurant’s on-site organic farm.

 

Tuesday, March 11, 7:00 P.M.

Hudson Valley Majesty

Although Glenmere has been called every superlative from most romantic hideaway in the world to America’s hottest—and coolest—hotel, it’s the exquisite dining experiences created by Bouley, Boulud, and Ducasse alum Geoffroy Deconinck and pastry chef Taiesha Martin that have put this... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Brady Lowe

Brady Lowe on Taste Matters

 

On this week's installment of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis broadcasts from out on the road, where he meets up with Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon 555. Brady fills us in on the sixth annual traveling culinary competition and tasting event, which aims to promote the sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs and educate chefs and attendees about snout-to-tail cooking. Click here to listen to the full episode. 

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s... Read more >

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