Staff Recipe: Phyllis's Sauteed Corn with Pesto and Robiola

Corn When Phyllis Isaacson told us about her deliciously simple pesto the other night, we knew we had to share the recipe. “The inspiration for combining Robiola with pesto comes from the gastronomic superstore Peck in Milan,” she told us. The combination of the garlicky pesto, creamy Robiola, and fresh corn makes for the perfect end-of-summer weeknight dinner.

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The Bookshelf: Betty Fussell Wants You to Eat Your Steak Rare

Raising SteaksThe unflappable Betty Fussell graced us with her presence yesterday at Beard on Books for a rousing discussion of her book Raising Steaks and all things beef. After discussing the history of the beef industry, from small-scale butcher shops to industrialized slaughterhouses to the grass-fed future, Betty moved on to how Americans eat and think about beef. What has been the effect of industrializing the beef industry? A dulled and “timid” American palate, Betty claims. She believes we need to be re-tasting all kinds of beef from Wagyu to grass-fed, declaring that it’s time to “train ourselves to not just eat rib-eyes.” Where should we be doing this training? These days, restaurants and chefs have the best access to the choicest cuts and kinds of meat, because they can demand it. And they also can produce the best tasting meat because they have the heat sources to cook it properly. Betty implores us to order our steaks and other red meats “Rare! Rare!

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Chefs with pavlova Three members of Adrian Richardson's crew relax at the end of a night's work and dig into some of the pavlova that diners enjoyed for dessert. In case you missed it earlier this month, we've got the recipe right here. September 2, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Eilon Paz)

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Staff Recipe: Claudia's Vegetable Stir-Fry

Bok choyThis is one of my favorite quick dinners when I get home late from the office," says director of membership and house events Claudia Karach of this recipe that she adapted from Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Dugud’s Hot Sour Salty Sweet. “The modifications derived from my obsession with bok choy and the constant presence of cashews in my pantry.”

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Staff Recipe: Claudia's Vegetable Stir-Fry

Bok choyThis is one of my favorite quick dinners when I get home late from the office," says director of membership and house events Claudia Karach of this recipe that she adapted from Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Dugud’s Hot Sour Salty Sweet. “The modifications derived from my obsession with bok choy and the constant presence of cashews in my pantry.”

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Recipe: Pavlova

Pavlova Last night Australian chef Adrian Richardson served this light and sweet pavlova at the Beard House. Delightful in its textural contrast—a bite into the crunchy exterior exposes a gooey center that mimics marshmallow—the dessert is a joy to eat. Richardson tops his with mascarpone and passion fruit, but any light fruit will do.

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Staff Recipe: Mildred's Marinated Anchovies

AnchoviesAn avid entertainer who on a few occasions counted James Beard among her dinner guests, Director Emeritus of House Programming Mildred D'Amico always opens her dinner parties with a selection of cocktails and hors d’oeuvre that often includes smoked salmon, caviar, or these delicious little marinated fish. Sometimes called “white anchovies” or “boquerones,” they can be found in Spanish or Italian specialty stores.

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Staff Recipe: Mildred's Marinated Anchovies

AnchoviesAn avid entertainer who on a few occasions counted James Beard among her dinner guests, Director Emeritus of House Programming Mildred D'Amico always opens her dinner parties with a selection of cocktails and hors d’oeuvre that often includes smoked salmon, caviar, or these delicious little marinated fish. Sometimes called “white anchovies” or “boquerones,” they can be found in Spanish or Italian specialty stores.

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Recipe: A Misspelled Tweet-Rye Cocktail

Cocktail Prep Just as we promised, the winning recipe from our Twitter Cook-Off has been added to the James Beard Foundation Recipe Section and will forever remain there in all its glory. Check it out here (don't worry, we translated the tweeted recipe into a plain English recipe for the folks who aren't fluent in Twitter speak).

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Eye Candy: Twitter Cook-Off

Twitter Salmon Mise en Place The mise en place for a spice-crusted salmon recipe submitted to our Twitter Cook-Off. Check out more photos of the preparation and judging. August 21, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Geoff Mottram)

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