Soup Weather

 

When the temperature is in the negative digits and the snowfall is downright apocalyptic (we're looking at you, Boston), the only thing to do is stay home and make soup. It's a cliché for a reason: nobody's craving a smoothie this time of year. We want warm, comforting bowls of clam chowder or lentils, spicy chicken broth or bourbon-laced onion soup. Make these dishes now—it's going to be a while before those snowbanks melt.

 

Thomas Keller's Clam Chowder with Bacon

Lentil Soup with Chard and Lemon

Sopa Azteca (Tortilla Soup) from Rick Bayless

French Onion and Mushroom Soup with Bourbon and Swiss Cheese

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Roasting: Our Favorite Way to Cook in Winter

 

Roasting is our go-to cooking method during the colder months. A hot oven, a generous pour of olive oil, and a sprinkling of salt is all you need to produce simple but spectacular dishes. But with a little bit of finesse, the technique can also yield sophisticated results, as in the following recipes:

 

Roasted Clams with Herb Jam and Chorizo Butter

Slices of crusty bread provide a bed for the clams in the roasting pan, and are perfect for sopping up the paprika-spiked chorizo butter.

 

Roasted Pineapple with Prosciutto

A welcome alternative to prosciutto-and-melon, this playful appetizer is made with a pineapple that's been roasted whole.

 

Smothered Pork Roast

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Happy Hour: Hot Spiced Wine

mulled wine

 

The holidays have come and gone, the streets are littered with discarded Christmas trees, and the temperatures have dropped to cruel lows in many parts of the country. With winter doldrums in full bloom, we could all use a little something to warm our hands and spirits. Hot spiced wine, also known as “mulled wine,” goes by many names: glögg in Swedish, glühwein in German, vin chaud in French, and so on, and varies slightly from country to country. Simmer whatever red wine you have leftover from holiday reveling with cloves, oranges, lemon rinds, sugar, bay leaves, and your choice of dark spirit for James Beard's own spin on the classic winter libation. Get the recipe here for a decidedly cozy start to your weekend. 

 

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

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What We're Reading: January 6, 2015

 

A new fuel for Oil Country: Texas breaks into the olive oil business. [Bloomberg

 

As the popularity of dogs as pets rises in Vietnam, cooks are increasingly turning to “imitation dog” dishes. [The Atlantic

 

The Hudson Valley Farm Hub aims to reinvigorate mid-size farming. [Civil Eats

 

What does the man behind the world’s best restaurant do after it closes? A glimpse into Ferran Adria’s future. [NYT] ... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 16, 2014

 

Break out of your December doldrums with these seasonal vegetables and fruits. [FR

 

Liquor in the loo? London's newest bar is in an old underground bathroom. [Grub Street

 

How Chanukah gelt went from currency to chocolate. [NPR]

 

The Michelin curse: why chefs are saying no thanks to Michelin stars. [The Daily Meal

 

Are these history's most gluttonous men? [First We... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Hibernation Food

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel

 

As the Longest Winter That Ever Was continues its icy reign throughout much of the country, we're spending a lot of time indoors. We mean: A LOT. And what better way to while away these seemingly endless dark and dreary days than by cooking up a (proverbial, please) storm? These five hibernation-friendly dishes are giving us the will to hang on until spring:

 

 

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel [JBF]

Serve this hearty, satisfying stew with spaetzle or egg noodles tossed with butter and parsley.

 

Morning Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel [Smitten Kitchen]

Not only will this cross between French toast casserole and tarte tatin give you a reason to get up in the morning, but it's also super easy to... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of March 2

Photo taken by F. Martin Ramin

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar this week:

 

Monday, March 3, 7:00 P.M. 

Tuscan Gothic

Designed to evoke the dark, mysterious look of a fallen abbey, Ballo Italian Restaurant & Social Club serves well-executed, often daring Tuscan food as memorable as its setting. Join executive chef Shaun Golan when he showcases his creative cuisine at the Beard House.​

 

Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 P.M. 

New England Winter

A Food & Wine People’s Choice for Best New Chef nominee and a Thomas Keller protégé, Matt Louis pays tribute to both his New England roots and tapas-style dining at Moxy, which was praised by the Boston Globe for its “shockingly good, farm-to-fork bites.” 

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Recipe Roundup: March 7, 2013

blood oranges

 

What are your weekend cooking plans? Here are the recipes we're eyeing to cure a case of the winter-that-just-won't-quit blues.

 

Blood Orange Margaritas [Smitten Kitchen]

This brilliantly hued, sweet-tart cocktail is an enticing alternative to hiding under the covers until spring.

 

Bulgur Maple Porridge [NYT]

There's only so much oatmeal a person can eat. A warm, nutty porridge of lightly sweetened bulgur topped with nuts and dried fruit is a welcome substitute.

 

Irish Lamb Stew [Simply Recipes]

For a slightly simpler preparation and meltingly tender results, ask your butcher to de-bone a leg of lamb and chop it into... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Winter Squash

Paolo Parmeggiani's pumpkin soufflé with Parma chips

 

Although these recipes all call for butternut squash or pumpkin, feel free to substitute any flavorful, orange-fleshed winter squash. We particularly like the Kabocha and Buttercup varieties for their sweetness.

 

Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans

Everyone has a favorite butternut squash soup. This one will be yours.

 

Pumpkin Soufflé with Parma Ham Chips

This creamy, prosciutto-topped soufflé contains only eight ingredients (including salt and olive oil) and is super easy to make.

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Recipe Roundup: Citrus

citrus

Brighten your winter table with one of these vibrant, citrus-inflected dishes.

Orange-Marcona Almond Salad with Pineapple Granita Think outside the navel: chef Jehangir Mehta suggests experimenting with different types of oranges when making this vivid, refreshing salad.

Macadamia-Crusted Scallops with Citrus Beurre Blanc Butter sauce made with a squeeze of orange and lime juice enlivens these crunchy, golden brown scallops.

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