Recipe Roundup: Winter Squash

 

Why should summer squash get all the love? Winter squash are some of the most delicious versatile ingredients of the entire year. Although these recipes all call for perennial favorites like butternut squash or pumpkin, feel free to substitute any flavorful, orange-fleshed winter squash you find at the market. We particularly like the Kabocha and Buttercup varieties for their sweetness; Acorn for its dainty size; and Delicata for its hearty, edible peel—but don't be afraid to get creative.

 

Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans

Everyone has a favorite butternut squash soup. This one will be yours.

 

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Throwback Thursday; Jim O'Lantern

Photo by Robyn Lee

 

From cakes, to sculptures, to even puppets, James Beard’s visage has graced his historic home in many a form. The pumpkin portrait above, however, has the distinction of being displayed while Beard was still alive. Event planner and former James Beard Cooking School student Robyn Lee shared this photo from her trip to New York over Halloween, 1983. According to Lee, it was JBF Award winner Larry Forgione’s team that carved the squash-based sketch. At that time, Forgione had just opened An American Place, his seminal restaurant that Beard helped usher into being. Beard would go on to eat at An American Place every week for the rest of his life, and saw Forgione's dishes as championing the kind of seasonally-based American cuisine he had always advocated for. We can't know if our namesake thought this was a treat or a trick... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 21, 2015

 

The secrets behind Thailand's coconut oil industry may have you go bananas. [NPR]

 

Hummus for peace: an Israeli cafe inspires people to talk it out over a bowl of the classic snack. [MUNCHIES]

 

Going nuts: the price for pine nuts continues to rise. [NYT]

 

Chefs divulge their late-night snacking habits, ranging from fancy pickles to Cool Ranch Doritos. [FWF]

 

Just in time for your jack o'lantern, we've got the answer to the pepitas vs... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 13, 2015

 

The science and magic of the soufflé’s rise and fall. [NYT

 

Does a bowl of oatmeal a day keep the doctor away? [The Kitchn

 

Mushrooms could be our best bet for saving the bees. [NPR

 

Get sweet on the potential of muscovado sugar. [Food52

 

Gooey, decadent recipes for the cheesehead in all of us. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 8, 2015

 

Start hoarding your PSLs: there could be a pumpkin shortage come Thanksgiving. [Yahoo! Food

 

You no longer have to order in to get your hands on Thai sticky rice. [Food52

 

The USDA and HHS have announced that sustainability will not be a part of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines. [Food Politics

 

Cold-brew king Stumptown Coffee has been acquired by Peet’s Coffee & Tea. [... Read more >

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JBF Wants to Know: Thanksgiving Pie

It's not Thanksgiving without pie, but which of these all-American varieties graces your table after the turkey and stuffing have been devoured? Vote for your quintessential Thanksgiving pie below!

 

 

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Pumpkin–Cranberry Brioche

Pumpkin–Cranberry Brioche

 

As our favorite food holiday swiftly approaches (and unavoidable procrastination persists), we find ourselves constantly reaching into our recipe collection for inspiration. Looking for something new to whip up this year? Whether it's new twists on old favorites or quintessential classics, we've got all your Thanksgiving needs covered. From now until the big T-day, stay tuned for great dishes to wow your guests with this holiday—we'll be posting every day!

 

Flavor champions of the season, pumpkin and cranberries pop in a host of both sweet and savory dishes on the Thanksgiving table. This year, do your taste buds a favor and combine the two holiday heroes into a festive brioche loaf that will inspire oohs and aahs. Chef Antonio Campolio of the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla, WA, developed this recipe with his mother, Jelema, who is the lead baker at the Greenbrier Resort in... Read more >

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Pumpkin Soufflé with Parma Ham Chips

Pumpkin Soufflé with Parma Ham Chips

 

As our favorite food holiday swiftly approaches (and unavoidable procrastination persists), we find ourselves constantly reaching into our recipe collection for inspiration. Looking for something new to whip up this year? Whether it's new twists on old favorites or quintessential classics, we've got all your Thanksgiving needs covered. From now until the big T-day, stay tuned for great dishes to wow your guests with this holiday—we'll be posting every day!

 

This luxurious, airy pumpkin soufflé will bring a touch of elegance to your Thanksgiving table without adding significant labor to your holiday prep plan, and gives those pumpkin lovers something to look forward to well before the dessert course. Get the recipe here.

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on ... Read more >

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Ode to Autumn: Pumpkin Recipes

 

If you've never cooked with fresh pumpkin, a revelation awaits. Just don't bake up that jack-o'-lantern; the best pumpkins for cooking are the smaller, sweeter varieties like sugar, cheese, and pie pumpkins.

 

Pumpkin Soup with Creamy Roquefort

Cookbook author Paula Wolfert notes that Roquefort mellows out when cooked, lending this soup a "characteristic Southwestern French flavor."

 

Pumpkin Soufflé with Parma Ham Chips

This creamy, prosciutto-topped soufflé contains only eight ingredients (including salt and olive oil) and is super easy to make.

 

Pumpkin–Cranberry Brioche

Enjoy a slice of this warm, subtly spiced brioche with your morning coffee, or top it with whipped cream and serve for... Read more >

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What We're Reading: October 29

 

This new app tells you exactly what's in your food at the grocery store. [NYT]

 

Chefs and scientists join forces in Japan to create scientifically "perfect" flavor. [WP]

 

What you need to know about the upcoming GMO labeling votes in Colorado and Oregon. [HuffPost]

 

Brooklyn nabs Saveur's top spot for culinary destinations. [... Read more >

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