Sustainability Matters: October 31, 2014

 

Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood, but due to significant mislabeling, it may be harder than you think to buy sustainably. [Mother Jones]

 

The Environmental Working Group’s Food Scores online database allows consumers to check grocery store items for nutritional content, ingredients, processing, and other information. [NY Times]

 

Wondering where to find a sustainably-raised turkey for Thanksgiving dinner? Check out this guide and order now, before they're all "gobbled" up. [Ecocentric]

 

Cities across the country are making it more difficult for organizations to feed the homeless... Read more >

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Recipe: Ecuadorian Shrimp Ceviche

Recipe for Ecuadorian Shrimp Ceviche

 

This authentic Ecuadorian recipe comes from JBF staffer Patricia Loyola. "Every time I go home it's the first thing I eat," she says.

 

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Eye Candy: Shrimp Toasts with Black Pepper Caramel

Shrimp Toasts with Black Pepper Caramel

 

Each spring the people of Thailand mark the beginning of the New Year by celebrating Songkran, an elaborate tradition named for the Sanskrit word meaning “passing” or “approaching.” To fête the occasion at the Beard House this past April, we enlisted a dynamic group of Thai talent to collaborate on a festive menu, which was paired with modern cocktails. During the reception hour, chefs Pichet Ong, Jet Tila, and Hong Thaimee served these delicate shrimp toasts with black pepper caramel to our guests. The canapés went fast and whetted everyone's appetites for the elaborate Thai feast to come.

 

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

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Sustainability Matters: June 13, 2014

 

An exposé by The Guardian reveals human trafficking and slave labor on Thai fishing boats is at work in supplying major supermarket chains (including Walmart and Costco) with cheap shrimp. [The Guardian]

 

The F.D.A. issued, and then backpedaled from, a ruling banning the use of wood planks in cheese making. [NY Times]

 

Lower U.S. corn yields are expected in the future as climate change and water shortages affect farmland. [Grist]

 

What’s in the juice? The POM Wonderful v. Coca-Cola Co. Supreme Court ruling could leave the door open for further litigation against deceptive marketing... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Southern Seafood Spectacular

Recipe for Cornmeal-Crusted Oysters with Sriracha Rémoulade, adpated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Make yourself a pitcher of sweet tea to sip alongside this Southern-inspired menu of fried oysters, sweet olive-oil poached shrimp, a spicy crayfish ragout, and a towering coconut cake. Porch swing not included.

 

Cornmeal-Crusted Oysters with Sriracha Rémoulade

You'll want to dip everything in your fridge into the spicy, lime-spiked mayo that accompanies these crisp fried oysters.

 

Poached Shrimp with Creamed Corn, Marinated Tomatoes, Butter Beans, and Basil

Butter beans are a Southern staple, but lima beans make a fine substitute.... Read more >

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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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Triar Seafood Donates Proceeds to JBF Scholarship Drive

Triar Seafood will donate a percentage of red shrimp sales to the James Beard Foundation Silver Anniversary Scholarship Drive

 

One of the James Beard House's most valued suppliers, Triar Seafood has provided chefs with pristine quality, responsibly sourced seafood for over 20 years. And for the next two months, this fine purveyor is also giving support to the next generation of chefs.

 

From now until the end of November, a percentage of sustainably harvested Royal Red shrimp purchases from Triar Seafood will be donated to the James Beard Foundation Silver Anniversary Scholarship Drive. This beautiful, coral-red species is sought after by discerning chefs for its delicate flavor, superior texture, and numerous culinary applications. Collected off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida, these prized shrimp are delicious as sashimi, ceviche, in salads,... Read more >

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Recipe: Lomo-Wrapped Shrimp with Grilled Bread, Pistou, and Smoked Paprika Vinaigrette

 

Sure, bacon-wrapped shrimp is tasty, but the finger food's dated status precludes us from ever preparing it for guests, lest they be reminded of hairspray-shellacked 'dos and other '80s trappings that are best forgotten.

 

Thankfully, chef John Taus of the Corner in Philadelphia has pulled this combination back into the present: he retires the bacon in exchange for tissue-thin slices of lomo embuchado, a dry-cured pork tenderloin from Spain. A parsley-based pistou and fiery paprika vinaigrette round out this elegant, Mediterranean-inspired update.

 

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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