What We're Reading: July 31, 2014

Ribs

 

Obama eats ribs in Kansas City to prove he is still in touch with the everyday folk. [US News and World Report]

 

Simple pleasures: one woman, a campsite, and a feast of softshell crab. [National Geographic

 

In light of the expired meat scandal, McDonald's Japan releases tofu McNuggets. [Food Beast

 

Fun food factories to visit on your next road trip or vacation. [Food Republic

 

A day in the life of the iconic Planters Nutmobile. [... Read more >

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Recipe: Smoked Pineapple–Braised St. Louis Spare Ribs with Blackberry Barbecue Sauce

 

When you break out the grill this holiday weekend, take your al fresco menu up a notch with these show-stopping ribs from Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q. The award-winning pitmaster uses a couple of surprising ingredients to give this recipe a fruity twist. Serve with a classic potato salad and lots of napkins.  

 

Get the recipe here.

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Recipe Roundup: On the Grill

Grilled Hanger Steak with Peperonata

 

There's nothing like a smoky, grilled piece of meat or fish to remind us why we love summer. (A six-pack of ice-cold beer doesn't hurt either.) Here are some of the grilled dishes on our current must-cook list:

 

Grilled Salmon with Summer Salad
A salad of corn, tomatoes, and basil dressed with a Dijon vinaigrette transforms perfectly cooked salmon fillets.

 

Grilled Hanger Steak with Peperonata
Hanger steak only needs a brief sear on the grill, while the peperonata comes together in about 20 minutes.

 

Spicy Grilled Shrimp and Pancetta
Easy. Fast. Addictive.

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July's Best Recipes

Crispy Lamb Ribs with Sherry–Honey Glaze and Minted Yogurt SauceDBGB's delicious lamb ribs

Heirloom Beet Salad with Blue Cheese, Cucumbers, and Cumin–Raisin Vinaigrette It's a good thing this recipe yields plenty of extra vinaigrette—you'll want add a splash of it to every other salad you make this summer. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Fig Ketchup Marc Forgione brings us this grown-up take on a childhood favorite.

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Eye Candy: World Champion Ribs

award-winning ribs in the James Beard House kitchen At a mid-September Beard House event, lucky diners were treated to a slow-and-low feast prepared by IQUE BBQ, an award-winning team of chefs that has claimed victories throughout the competitive barbecue circuit. Their menu included these pecan-smoked ribs—a rack that helped them win the "Grand Champion" title at the 2009 Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue. Feast your eyes on more photos here.

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Recipes: Our Memorial Day Weekend Menu

Stock your cooler and get the grill hot: Memorial Day weekend is almost here! Whether you’re planning one of your legendary backyard parties or enjoying a simple meal on the porch, consider serving one or more of our favorite summertime recipes: Alexandre Dumas Potato Salad Lighten up the classic potato salad with James Beard's preferred version, which is moistened with olive oil and white wine instead of mayonnaise. Chile–Lime Skirt Steak Martha Hall Foose gets maximum tenderness and flavor out of skirt steak by applying a tangy marinade. Smoked

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