Happy Hour: Holiday Dessert Pairings (Part II)

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For those who are looking to make the holidays even merrier, we asked Bernie Sun, corporate beverage director of JBF Award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants, to suggest affordable wine pairings for the season’s classic desserts.

 

For our second installment, we asked Sun to recommend the perfect pairing for gingerbread cake or cookies​. His pick? Disznókó Tokaji Late Harvest 2011 ($22/500ml). "This special Hungarian sweet wine, made from botrytised Furmint g... Read more >

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Recipe: Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Vanilla–Cream Cheese Filling

 

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Vanilla–Cream Cheese Filling

 

We're living in the heyday of the food mashup, but let's not forget those pioneers of hybridization, the creations with dual identities so tightly entangled that the distinguishable parts have receded behind a seamless whole. One of our favorites? The dessert sandwich. It may not be the original food mashup, but chances are, like Generation Z and the Internet, you've never known life without it.

 

When considering a dessert sandwich in the abstract, what do you see? We're guessing it's not a whoopie pie. That's a shame, because whoopie pies are a delightful treat, as well as a fun baking project. They're also a misnomer, bearing zero resemblance to pie: the filling sits between two discs of cake. As for its disputed origins, I, a native Mainer, recuse myself.

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On the Menu: Week of December 15

 

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

 

Monday, December 15, 7:00 P.M.
Black Truffle Fête
These days Matt Conroy is serving up expertly crafted bistro classics at Soho’s Little Prince, while Rogan Lechthaler presides over the Downtown Grocery in Ludlow, Vermont. But years ago the two worked in the kitchen at Verde in Stratton Mountain (Conroy was Lechthaler’s sous-chef). Join these two old friends as they collaborate on an elegant black truffle holiday menu.

 

Tuesday, December 16, 7:00 P.M.
Finger Lakes Holiday Dinner
The picturesque Finger Lakes region of New York State beckons travelers year-round with its distinctive natural beauty and award-winning wineries. For this holiday celebration, three talented chefs from some of the area’s most... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: December 12, 2014

 

The last large palm oil business has joined the no-deforestation pledge. The next step is to make sure these pledges are implemented. [Grist]

 

New concerns about BPA arise as a new study discovers that the chemical can seep into beverages stored in cans or plastic bottles, raising blood pressure within hours. [NYT]

 

Not sure what to get your sustainability-minded friends for the holidays? Check out this green gift guide. [Ecocentric]

 

Congress is using the appropriations process to include provisions in nutrition standards for WIC, school meals, and more. [... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: The Salad Days of NYC Greenmarkets

 

 

Locavores and foodies alike love the hub of New York City's Greenmarkets. With winter on the way, we are lucky to say we can still get local produce all over the city, all year round. About two decades ago, however, this was hardly the case.

 

A look back to our 1995 July/August issue of Beard House Magazine proves so, with what was, at the time, an impressive list during the peak season of summer. Brooklynites, prideful of their pioneering as a food center today, may be shocked to discover that their borough used to be home to only three markets! And in Queens? Forget about it! There were zilch during that time. Today, NYC boasts about four times as many greenmarkets. During the summers you’ll find 20 markets in Brooklyn alone, which is more than in Manhattan and Brooklyn combined in the summer of ’95!

 

So, although these upcoming days may be cold and grey, at least we can easily get some greens.

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Awards Watch: Submit Book Entries by Monday, December 15

 

Calling all authors, editors, and other publishing-industry folk: you have less than a week left to submit entries for the 2015 James Beard Book Awards. The deadline is Monday, December 15.

 

We've received about 400 entries so far. Want to add your work to the mix? You can register and submit entries at awards.jamesbeard.org. Entry guidelines are here. Our Book Awards categories are:

 

American Cooking

Baking and Dessert

Beverage

Cooking from a Professional Point of View

Focus on Health

General Cooking

International

Reference and Scholarship

Single Subject

Vegetarian Focused and Vegetarian

Writing and Literature
 

 

2015 Book Award nominees will be... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 11, 2014

 

Goat cheese has become so popular in the U.S., top producer the Vermont Creamery is practically begging for new goat farmers. [Food Politic

 

Consider making a holiday donation to one of these worthy charities. [Fork in the Road

 

America loves sandwiches, but can we embrace the smørrebrød? [Serious Eats

 

Blame Nutella: hazelnut prices are on the rise. [WSJ

 

A new tweed lets you both drink and wear your whiskey. [... Read more >

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Staff Picks: Favorite Holiday Desserts

 

One advantage of working in an office teeming with food-obsessed colleagues is that there’s a never-ending supply of culinary inspiration, which is especially handy around the holidays, when entertaining is in full swing. Below, some JBF staffers share the festive desserts that make an annual appearance in their own homes.

 

 

The James Beard Foundation's Victoria Jordan Rodriguez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panettone Bread Pudding

“Panettone is a tradition in many Italian–American households, but up to five or six years ago, ours went untouched until January, staying in its pretty box while we polished off my mom’s cookies instead. Once we discovered the incredible bread pudding that you can make with this sweet, brioche-like loaf, a new traditi... Read more >

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Test Your Eat-Q: Quirky Desserts

 

Can you tell a Grunt from a Slump? Test your pastry prowess by matching the proper description to these unusually named desserts.

 

 

 

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What We're Reading: December 10, 2014

 

Making the case for more risotto in your life. [Epicurious]

 

Give the gift of tasty treats this holiday season without having to leave the house! [Today]

 

As you head to happy hour tonight, thank our ancestors for evolving to digest alcohol. [NPR]

 

Spice up your hot cocoa with these eggnog marshmallows. [The Kitchn]

 

A new food start-up brings chef-prepared, restaurant-quality meals to the comfort of your own home. [... Read more >

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