Recipes from the Best of the Best: Michel Richard's Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken

We've long treasured the flavorful spark that citrus brings to cooking, and we've been adding flurries of zest and showers of juice to our food for as long we can remember. But this brilliant recipe from JBF Award winner Michel Richard, who won our Outstanding Chef Award in 2007, has introduced us to a commonly untapped form of citrus: pulp. Richard roasts whole lemons for two hours, which focuses their sweet and tart flavor. Then he finely chops the pulp and combines it with honey and a couple drops of Tabasco to make a rub for the chicken. The flavor is unforgettable, and we're already thinking of other ways to use this new form of seasoning. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Pan-Roasted Shrimp with East Indian Spices

Recipe for Pan-Roasted Shrimp with East Indian Spices

At his Beard House dinner, Uttam Singh Rawat of Mehndi in Morristown, New Jersey, served these Thai bird's-eye chile–spiced shrimp as an hors d’oeuvre, but they make for a hearty main course when served over rice—and the whole dish comes together in under an hour. Get the recipe here.

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February's Best Recipes



Here are our recipe tester's favorite recipes from the last month:

Patatas Bravas with Fried Eggs and Chorizo
Ryan Poli of Chicago's Tavernita adds pan-fried chorizo and eggs to this tapas-bar standard.

Shrimp Rillettes
This sweet and spicy spread from Atlanta-based chef Linton Hopkins is equally at home at a dinner party or among your beer-slugging sports buddies.

Riesling-Poached Pineapple with Rosemary Whipped Cream and Pink Peppercorns

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Recipe: Zesty Fried Brussels Sprouts


Many former Brussels sprouts resisters will attest that their first taste of the bite-sized buds in roasted form is what made them see the light. We think this simple recipe for fried Brussels sprouts from Louisville-based chef John Varanese will keep the converts fully ensconced in the pro-Brussels sprouts camp. Varanese quickly fries the vegetables in oil until crispy, then tosses them in a Dijon vinaigrette that's flecked with red onion and capers. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Patatas Bravas with Fried Eggs and Chorizo

Patatas Bravas with Fried Eggs and Chorizo

One of the most celebrated standards of classic Spanish cuisine, patatas bravas consist of perfectly fried potatoes paired with a fiery tomato-based sauce. The dish is typically enjoyed during nighttime tapas-bar crawls, but this souped-up version from Ryan Poli of Chicago's Tavernita also feels right at home on the breakfast table. Crispy pan-fried chorizo and bits of fried egg join the potatoes, then the whole heap is tossed in a brava sauce that pulses with the heat of cumin and paprika. Get the

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Recipes from the Best of the Best: Judy Rodgers's Peach and Raspberry Gratin with Noyaux Cream

Peach and Raspberry Gratin with Noyaux Cream

Here's a recipe from our 2004 Outstanding Chef Award winner, Judy Rodgers, to keep on hand for summer: a sweet and tart gratin of peaches and raspberries, topped with bread crumbs soaked in brown butter. In a typical show of ingenuity, Rodgers breaks open peach pits to retrieve the inner kernels (noyaux in French), which she uses to infuse cream with silky, almond-like flavor. Is it July yet? Get the recipe here.


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Recipes from the Best of the Best: Larry Forgione's Shortcake

Jim's shortbread

Like the apple pie or malt-shop sundae, the shortcake has a rightful place in the canon of classic American desserts. Fittingly, it's also found among some of James Beard's most legendary recipes. After inheriting it from his mother, Beard later passed his shortcake recipe on to his friend Larry Forgione, the chef at An American Place in New York City. Charmed by the dessert's sublimely tender crumb, Forgione gave it a place on his menu; when Beard dined at the restaurant, he sampled the shortcake and declared, "There is no better dessert." Forgione went on to win the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef Award in 1993, and today the shortcake can be found in St. Louis, on the menu at his second location of An American Place. ... Read more >

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Recipe: Salumi-Braised Beans

Salumi-Braised Beans

In this rich and flavorful dish from chef Scott Romano, navy beans slowly braise on the stove top, in the company of four types of diced cured meat: guanciale, cacciatore, prosciutto, and chorizo. Enjoy it with some crusty bread for mopping up the buttery, creamy juices. Get the recipe here.

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Valentine's Day Recipe: Toffee Bread Pudding with Clotted Cream and Caramel

toffee bread pudding

This Valentine's Day, rather than bumping elbows with other couples in close quarters at the latest in-demand restaurant, cuddle up at home with your sweetheart and this indulgent take on bread pudding from Brian Reyelt. The Boston-based chef uses a mixture of custard and buttery croissants to build the bulk of the dessert, then finishes it with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a crowning of clotted cream. We love the tiny shards of chocolate toffee that hide among the decadent layers of dough. It's fun to excavate them with a spoon—much more fun than trying to secure a restaurant reservation. Get the recipe here.

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Valentine's Day Recipe: Riesling-Poached Pineapple with Rosemary Whipped Cream and Pink Peppercorns

Riesling-poached pineapple

Looking for an alternative to chocolate overload this Valentine's Day? Try this light and refreshing dessert from Denver-based chef Matt Selby. Cubes of pineapple are gently cooked in a sweet mixture of sugar, vanilla, and Riesling, whose high acidity plays nicely with the fruit's intense tanginess. An earthy rosemary-infused whipped cream and a pinch of lightly crushed pink peppercorns add depth to this elegant and floral dish. Get the recipe here.

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