Recipes from the Best of the Best: Jeremiah Tower's Mixed Vegetable Ragoût

Jeremiah Tower's recipe for mixed vegetable ragoût

 

Now that the food world is abuzz with reports of ramp sightings at farmers' markets, we know it won't be long before the rest of the season's bounty arrives, and when it does, we'll be making JBF Award winner Jeremiah Tower's vegetable medley, which sings with pure garden flavors. When preparing the dish, chef Tower uses a technique that he learned from Richard Olney: he methodically boils the ingredients separately, then progressively adds them to a simmering stock that's flavored with pearl onions and herbs, ensuring that every vegetable is cooked only for as long as it needs to be. Get the recipe here.

 

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Recipe: Guinea Hen Confit and Dumplings with Poached Egg

Recipe for Guinea Hen and Dumplings with Poached Egg

 

The Southern staple of chicken and dumplings gets a decadent upgrade in this recipe from Best Chef: Southeast nominee Joseph Lenn. The Blackberry Farm chef pairs delicate, handmade dumplings with fat-poached guinea hen, a small, flavorful bird that's related to and tastes like pheasant. If you can't find it, you can substitute free-range chicken. Get the recipe here

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Recipe: The Violet Hour's Hush and Wonder Cocktail

The Hush and Wonder cocktail from the Violet Hour in Chicago

 

This riff on the classic daiquiri from the Violet Hour, one of the nominated bars for our new Outstanding Bar Program award, uses a rinse, a trick for imparting a drink with just a hint of a particular ingredient. A small amount of Crème de Violette is swirled in the glass to coat its inner surface, enlivening the cocktail with a fresh and floral character. Get the recipe here.

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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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