Daily Digest: March 17, 2014

Expiration

 

Do pantry items really go bad on those expiration dates? Learn which expired food are still okay to eat. [Fox News]

 

It's no secret that Americans dig Guinness, but this dark stout also has a strong following in Africa. [Smithsonian]

 

​Galangal may look like an odd nub of ginger but it is surprisingly sweet and tangy. Learn how to use it in your next meal. [Zester

 

Here's eleven things you probably didn't know about Guinness. [Food Republic]

 

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Super Bowl Snacks!

Super Bowl recipes from the James Beard Foundation


While we don't always root for the same team (or even agree that watching spandex-clad men hurling themselves into a pig pile is a Sunday night well spent), we fully support the once-a-year excesses of the Super Bowl spread. Here are some of the nibbles you'll find on ours:

Guacamole
This was James Beard's to-go guacamole recipe. Keep it clean and just stick to the basic ingredients, or try adding one of Beard's various extras, like diced tomatoes, crumbled bacon, or roasted peanuts or almonds.

Pork Cracklings
Make it a true pigskin party and put some pigskin on the table. These pork cracklings are simply seasoned with salt and pepper, but feel free to experiment. The recipe includes 12 hours of... Read more >

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Recipe: Red Cabbage Soup with Crispy Guanciale, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Grapes

Recipe for Red Cabbage Soup with Crispy Guanciale, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and Grapes, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

"In this dish we have a surprising group of fall friends," says Kim Brookmire, whose fiancé and fellow chef, Lorenzo Polegri, found the inspiration for this comforting soup in a family recipe. "The purple and thick red cabbage, the pungent, chlorophyll-rich extra virgin olive oil, and the last grapes of the season, probably a little shrunken and sleepy. It’s a good soup to prepare on a lazy morning, one of those frosty autumn mornings." We'll wager that it's just as delicious for dinner.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Recipe Roundup: Spring Peas

Pea recipes from the James Beard Foundation

Let this springtime staple shine in every course of a meal (even dessert!) with this menu of fresh and vibrant pea recipes.

 

Sweet Pea Toasts with Spicy Coppa
Begin the meal with these simple crostini, which are topped with a rustic pea purée and diced coppa, an Italian, dry-cured salume. 

 

Chilled English Pea Soup with Fava Bean–Almond Salsa
Peas partner with another green star of spring, the fava bean, in this soup from Peels restaurant in New York City.

 

Pan-Seared Scallops with Spring Pea and Grana Padano Purée
Chef Piero Premoli underpins marjoram-scented scallops with a blend of sweet peas, Italian Grana... Read more >

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Recipe: Braised Short Ribs with Onions, Chilies, and Spicy Pea Purée

 

Even though the calendar is now squarely in spring, the occasional, stray cool night requires a dish with some of winter's heft. Enter Cedric Vongerichten's of-the-moment recipe for short ribs: the hardy beef is underpinned by a vibrant pea purée that's laced with two types of chilies. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Butterscotch Pudding

 

Enriched with butterscotch chips and a scotch-spiked caramel, the flavor in this luxurious pudding, which comes from the menu at Cambridge's Catalyst, runs deep. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Gigantes Soup with Feta Cheese, Olives, and Olive Oil

Recipe for gigantes soup with feta cheese

 

In this unfussy soup from Greek cuisine maven Maria Loi, gigantes—a sizable, ivory bean that's widely used in Greek cooking—commingle with everyday vegetables to make a creamy and satisfying soup. Get the recipe here

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Recipe: Sage Custard with Coffee Caramel and Plum Sauce

Andrea Lekberg's recipe for sage custard with coffee caramel and plum sauce, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Often relegated to a supporting role in a roast or soup, earthy sage is front and center in this creamy custard from New Jersey-based pastry chef Andrea Lekberg. A strong coffee-spiked caramel keeps the dessert's richness in check, while a simple sauce made from plum jam adds a crowning touch of sweetness. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Buttermilk Fried Chicken Fingers

Jason Santo's recipe for buttermilk fried chicken fingers, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

When it comes to chicken fingers, we know it can be hard to banish associations with the bland and rubbery nuggets that you picked at in your elementary school's cafeteria. But these fried beauts from Boston-based chef Jason Santos offer redemption: they're infused with tangy, fiery flavor (after luxuriating in buttermilk and hot sauce) and sheathed in a crunchy corn-flour coating that shatters at first bite. Get the recipe here.

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Recipes from the Best of the Best: Crème Brûlée with Raspberries

Jean-Louis Palladin's recipe for crème brûlée, courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

 

Jean-Louis Palladin's fastidious recipe for crème brûlée may not be the most fitting symbol of his iconoclastic career and enduring impact on French cuisine in the United States, but it is one of the best versions we've tried. Get the recipe here.

 

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JBF has recently released The James Beard Foundation’s Best of the Best: A 25th Anniversary Celebration of America’s Outstanding Chefs. This must-have book features delicious, signature recipes from every winner of the Foundation’s Outstanding Chef Award. When we went to press, space required that we omit some surplus essays and recipes... Read more >

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