Eye Candy: Vanilla Bean Custard with Rhubarb and Anise Hyssop Shortbread

 

Two-time JBF Award semifinalist Giuseppe Trentori and his all-star team from Chicago’s Michelin-starred BOKA crafted a spectacular contemporary menu at their sold-out Beard House dinner last year. For the dessert course, pastry chef Sarah Jordan wowed diners with a vibrant vanilla bean custard with rhubarb and anise hyssop shortbread​. This eye-catching treat was paired with a fruit-forward Roussane from Villa Creek Cellars and promptly devoured by our satiated guests.

 

View this event's menu and details here. For upcoming Beard House dinners, check out our events calendar. Photo by Elana Iaciofano. 

 

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

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Rhubarb Desserts

 

We love rhubarb for the energizing tartness it brings to sweets. Here are a few recipes to try while these springtime stalks are still in season.

 

Port-Poached Rhubarb with Ricotta and Walnut Crumble

Homemade ricotta transforms this exceptionally simple dish, but high-quality, store-bought ricotta will work in a pinch.

 

Strawberry and Rhubarb Crunch

No time to bake a pie? This crunch delivers the same tart, jammy flavor in less than half an hour.

 

Greek Yogurt Mousse with Poached and Candied Rhubarb

Candied rhubarb: it's our newest obsession. Tart, sweet, and so hard to stop eating. For a simpler version of this dish, pair the... Read more >

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Recipe: Greek Yogurt Mousse with Poached and Candied Rhubarb

Aleishe Baska's recipe for Greek Yogurt Mousse with Poached and Candied Rhubarb, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

There's one reason why we love this winsome parfait from pastry chef Aleishe Baska of Bill's Food & Drink in New York City: it gives us two hits of rhubarb. Baska poaches small pieces of the stalks in a lightly boozy mix of sugar and wine, while slender slices are coated in syrup and baked until sweet and crunchy. You can up the rhubarb dosage by making some refreshing granité from the leftover poaching liquid.

 

Get the recipe here.

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In Season: Rhubarb

Rhubarb recipes from the James Beard Foundation

 

This rosy-hued stalk is one of our favorite spring ingredients. Tart and tangy, it brightens the flavors of seasonal fruit when paired in desserts (there's a reason strawberry and rhubarb is a classic combination) and has a welcome sour note that plays well off of pork and poultry in savory dishes. Rhubarb is also delicious on its own: to make a super-simple compote, place rhubarb in a saucepan with sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice and cook gently until the stalks soften and begin to break down. Cool and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

 

How to Store: Store rhubarb in a plastic bag in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. No time to cook it before it goes bad? Rhubarb freezes very well. Clean and dry each stalk and trim the bottom end. Use your knife to peel off any tough outer skin (it will come off easily in strips) and slice the rhubarb into 1/2-inch chunks. Seal in an airtight bag and freeze for up to a year.... Read more >

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Recipe: Port-Poached Rhubarb with Ricotta and Walnut Crumble

Ryan Bartlow's recipe for Port-Poached Rhubarb with Ricotta and Walnut Crumble, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Its moniker may be the "pie plant", but rhubarb shouldn't always be destined for crust. When Ryan Bartlow of Frankies Spuntino 570 cooked at the Beard House last month, he served this relaxed and rustic dessert of poached rhubarb topped with buttery walnut crumble and the restaurant's signature ricotta. Bartlow mellows the rhubarb's tartness by cooking it in a blend of port, sugar, vanilla pods, and a pinch of whole black peppercorns. Naturally, the recipe is inspired by his mother's strawberry–rhubarb pie. 

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Recipe: Rhubarb Barbecue Sauce

 

Nothing against rhubarb pie, but we appreciate ways to enjoy these tart, crimson stalks that don't require a sugar bombardment. To wit: this barbecue sauce from Idaho-based chef Adam Hegsted harnesses rhubarb's puckery flavor without maxing out on sweetness. You have to hot-smoke the rhubarb on your stovetop in order to produce the smoky undertones in the condiment, but all you need for the technique is a large pot, a wire rack that fits inside, and some wood chips.

 

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Market Haul: Weekend Getaway

 

We're heading to the beach this weekend and there's one thing we're definitely packing for the trip: our CSA box. During our two-day getaway, we'll be eating lunches out but cooking all of our breakfasts and dinners, so the goal is to use up as much of our haul as possible over the weekend.

 

The Haul: collard greens, Tuscan kale, cabbage, carrots, zucchini, spring onions, scallions, rhubarb

 

The Menu:

 

Day 1 Breakfast:

 

Eggs and Zucchini [Shoots and Roots]

Thin rounds of zucchini, a handful of herbs, and grated Grùyere add summery flavor to this simple omelet.

 

Baking Powder Biscuits [JBF]

James Beard's buttery biscuits are as good slathered... Read more >

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Roasted Beet and Pickled Rhubarb Salad with Gorgonzola

 

Chef Tim Ryan of New York's Morso serves this salad with gorgonzola fritters, but we think that adding some crumbled cheese is easier and just as good. You can pickle the rhubarb several days before you prepare the rest of the dish, while the accompanying spiced walnuts can be roasted a day ahead.

 

Get the recipe here.

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