Happy Hour: Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations

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With so many flavors on offer at Thanksgiving, the task of finding a bottle that plays nicely with all of them can make us even grouchier than our in-laws. Thankfully, we’ve enlisted Terroir's Paul Grieco, who won the 2012 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional, to do the pairing for us. His suggestions, which range from values to splurges, will take you from stuffing to turkey and back to leftovers.

 

Hirsch Zöbing Riesling 2009 ($24)
"Because nothing needs good, bracing acidity and crunchy terroir like a plate full of turkey and all the fixings."

 

Argyros Assyrtiko Santorini 2009 ($20)
"This Greek wine’s salty tang and bright, lively flavors make it the perfect palate-mate for stuffing and sweet potatoes."

 

Jean François Ganevat Les Chalasses Marnes Bleues 2009 ($65)
"When the aromas of this nectar fill the room, all t... Read more >

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Pumpkin–Cranberry Brioche

Pumpkin–Cranberry Brioche

 

As our favorite food holiday swiftly approaches (and unavoidable procrastination persists), we find ourselves constantly reaching into our recipe collection for inspiration. Looking for something new to whip up this year? Whether it's new twists on old favorites or quintessential classics, we've got all your Thanksgiving needs covered. From now until the big T-day, stay tuned for great dishes to wow your guests with this holiday—we'll be posting every day!

 

Flavor champions of the season, pumpkin and cranberries pop in a host of both sweet and savory dishes on the Thanksgiving table. This year, do your taste buds a favor and combine the two holiday heroes into a festive brioche loaf that will inspire oohs and aahs. Chef Antonio Campolio of the Marcus Whitman Hotel in Walla Walla, WA, developed this recipe with his mother, Jelema, who is the lead baker at the Greenbrier Resort in We... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of November 24

 

Here's what's coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Thursday, November 27, 6:00 P.M.
Thanksgiving Feast
In the spirit of Thanksgiving traditions, we’re thrilled to have this talented team of Art Institute chefs return to the Beard House for this always popular annual event. Join us for a festive holiday dinner that promises to be nothing short of a masterpiece.

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Sustainability Matters: November 21, 2014

 

McDonald’s, the biggest potato purchaser in the country, has refused to buy its largest supplier’s new genetically modified breed. [Modern Farmer]

 

A new study finds that basic agriculture practices, like crop rotation, could make growing wheat more environmentally friendly with fewer greenhouse gas emissions. [Civil Eats]

 

The Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity has released its 2014 report on youth-targeted sugary drink marketing, finding that advertising is on the rise, and social media and the Internet play an important role in sales. [Food Politics]... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Thanksgiving with a Southern Twist

 

Turducken may be old hat at this point, but only at the Beard House could you taste a Turduckgras meatball—that’s turkey, duck, and foie gras. This TBT, we’re looking back at these unusual bird balls that were served as part of our 2012 Thanksgiving with a Southern Twist dinner, where Scott Varnedoe of Baton Rouge’s Stroubes showed us how they properly celebrate below the Mason Dixon. With a menu ranging from Roasted Butternut Squash–Louisiana Jumbo Lump Crab Cappuccino with Red and Green Chili Oil, Allspice Whipped Cream, and Toasted Chestnut Dust to Individual Apple–Pecan Pies with Buttermilk–Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Calvados Caramel, and Dehydrated Apple Baklava Sticks, Beard House diners were treated to a Southern feast that left them with nary a thought of Mom’s candied yams.

 

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Mario Batali's Lombardy-Style Stuffed Turkey

Stuffed Turkey

 

As our favorite food holiday swiftly approaches (and unavoidable procrastination persists), we find ourselves constantly reaching into our recipe collection for inspiration. Looking for something new to whip up this year? Whether it's new twists on old favorites or quintessential classics, we've got all your Thanksgiving needs covered. From now until the big T-day, stay tuned for great dishes to wow your guests with this holiday—we'll be posting every day!

 

If you're looking to spruce up your annual Turkey Day centerpiece, we highly recommend this Italian-inspired recipe from JBF Award–winning chef, restaurateur, and culinary icon Mario Batali. Riffing on the traditional whole-roasted bird, Batali butterflies the breast; stuffs it with hearty sausage, chestnuts, prosciutto, Parmigiano-Reggiano, and a host of aromatics; and rolls it up into one festive package. “I love serving turkey year-round because it's easy, delicious, and economical," says Batali. "... Read more >

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What We're Reading: November 18, 2014

 

Perfect Ben & Jerry’s pairings for your Thanksgiving pie à la mode. [HuffPo


A former Momofuku line cook reveals the larger lessons of Brussels sprouts prep. [MUNCHIES

 

Greeks are abandoning their traditional forms of coffee for hipper, trendier espresso. [NPR

 

Before she hit it big on SNL, Amy Poehler was just another actress waiting tables in Chicago and NYC. [Yahoo! Food

 

Johnny Appleseed’s real mission: to make more hard cider. [... Read more >

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Expo Milano: USA Pavilion Gets a Blog

 

 

After some crucial structural advances, the future USA Pavilion at next year's world's fair, Expo Milano 2015, has a new feature in the digital universe: its very own blog. Head over to the official USA Pavilion website for a preview of the pavilion's Thanksgiving dinner series, an interview with exhibition designer Tom Hennes, and more Expo-related coverage.

 

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Thanksgiving Recipe: Concord Grape Pie

Concord Grape Pie

 

As our favorite food holiday swiftly approaches (and unavoidable procrastination persists), we find ourselves constantly reaching into our recipe collection for inspiration. Looking for something new to whip up this year? Whether it's new twists on old favorites or quintessential classics, we've got all your Thanksgiving needs covered. From now until the big T-day, stay tuned for great dishes to wow your guests with this holiday—we'll be posting every day!

 

Instead of the ubiquitous apple and pumpkin varieties, give this delicious Concord grape pie a whirl this year. This effortless recipe comes from James Beard himself: “In earlier times slip-skin grapes were commonly baked in pies like any other fruit,” he wrote in American Cookery. “Many people like to serve this pie with cheese—aged cheddar or a less flavorful cheese, such as cream cheese, Monterey jack, or one of the milder imported cheeses.” Defying tradition can be hard, but we feel strongl... Read more >

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What We're Reading: November 19, 2014

 

Get stuffed with this eclectic recipe roundup of a Thanksgiving favorite. [Serious Eats]

 

Takeaways from the NY Times Food For Tomorrow conference. [Slate]

 

Visualize calorie-counting with a new app that exposes harsh food truths. [The Atlantic]

 

Does your soil pass the test? The potentially toxic troubles of urban farming in New York City. [Grist]

 

Thomas Keller’s turkey tell-all: his ultimate Thanksgiving recipe. [... Read more >

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