Staff Picks: Bob’s Cardamom Bitters

 

 

Searching for the best small-batch, artisanal products to add to your pantry? Our staff scoured the market for you, and we'll be featuring their picks all month long. Here, see what senior editor Elena North-Kelly has to say about her chosen cocktail bitters, Bob’s Cardamom Bitters. 

 

“It’s hard to beat the appeal of a whiskey cocktail on a cold winter’s night, but I’ve found that using cardamom bitters takes it to another level of solace. Bob’s Bitters specializes in all-natural, bespoke bitters that are designed from a culinary perspective. I like using the aromatic, slightly spicy cardamom bitters to bring extra warmth and depth to a classic Old Fashioned. Here's the recipe.”

 

 

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What We're Reading: February 17, 2015

 

New science suggests java-heads should save their morning coffee for after 9:30 A.M. [Mother Jones]  

 

Green tea matcha latte is the new PSL, so what's so special about matcha? [Eater

 

Running your own brewery means far more than an endless supply of free beer. [Yahoo! Food

 

Break out your Mardi Gras beads with this recipe for shrimp gumbo. [Food 52]

 

Carl's Jr. jumps on the sustainable sourcing bandwagon with its new grassfed burger. [... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Small-Batch Wine

 

With so many high-volume, global brands on the market, it’s easy to understand the allure of artisanal wine. Traditional, old-world winemaking—small-batch, terroir-driven wines, with minimal interference by the vintner—can yield thrilling results. Production limitations often result in big price tags, but there are still plenty of good values to be found. We enlisted JBF Award winner Daniel Johnnes, wine director at Daniel Boulud’s restaurants, to do the digging for you. 

 

Château Jean-Pierre Gaussen Bandol 2008 ($28)
Septuagenarian Jean-Pierre Gaussen does practically everything himself at his ultra-traditional estate in Bandol, a Provençal... Read more >

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It's Valentine's Day and You Should Go For It


A home-cooked Valentine's Day dinner should be a little over the top. Roast chicken stuffed with foie gras? Bring it. Pasta carbonara topped with Dungeness crabmeat? Of course. Dark Valrhona chocolate baked into individual soufflé cups? It's a special occasion. Now's not the time to hold back. Give it your all with recipes like these:

 

Roasted Chicken for Two

Can chicken be sexy? This one is.

 

Crab Carbonara with Meyer Lemon, Black Pepper, and Parsley

You could eat this Lady and the Tramp–style, but chances are you're not going to want to share.

 

Blackberry-Glazed Lamb Chops

Perfectly cooked, bone-in lamb chops say, "I care enough to buy... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of February 16

 

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

 

Tuesday, February 17, 7:00 P.M.
Delmonico's Does Mardi Gras!
A New York institution for over 175 years, Delmonico’s keeps diners coming back again and again thanks to chef Billy Oliva, who injects his own flair into the restaurant’s classic menu. Inspired by Mardi Gras, Oliva has created this one-night-only, New Orleans–meets–Delmonico’s feast.

 

Wednesday, February 18, 7:00 P.M.
Eye on Atlanta
Drew Van Leuvan worked under some of the world’s best chefs—including Jean-Louis Palladin, Wylie Dufresne, and Joel Antunes—before opening Seven Lamps in Atlanta’s bustling Buckhead neighborhood. Join this chef-on-the-rise as he comes to the Beard House to prepare his style of satisfying craft cuisine.

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Sustainability Matters: February 13, 2015

 

Philadelphia’s City Hall has successfully gotten over two hundred Chinese restaurants to offer low-sodium options of their most popular entrees. [Philly Mag

 

Could the efforts of the egg industry have something to do with the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s new stance on cholesterol intake? [Food Politics

 

Concrete ideas for feeding the world’s growing population. [The Grist

 

If global food waste was imagined as a country, it would be t... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: Valentine's Day at the Beard House

Photo by Joan Garvin

 

It's bow and arrow season again, which means we’ve got sweet treats on the brain. Every year, JBF commemorates Cupid’s fancy with a sensual feast for the palate, and our upcoming Valentine’s Day dinner looks just as enticing. For this week’s TBT, we're looking back at a past romantic repast, our 2011 Valentine’s Day Tea, helmed by baker Jeremy Meyers and a culinary coterie from some of the hottest restaurants and bakeshops in New York. The bountiful menu of savory and sweet bites ranged from luxurious sea urchin and nori on brioche to petit fours and appetizing nods to the holiday, such as rose petal–vanilla bean shortbreads and the red velvet macaron in the photo above. With such a cornucopia of decadent delights on display, it’s hard to imagine anyone settling for boxed chocolates and conv... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Cavatelli

Cavatelli

 

WHAT? Few Americans understand either the regional diversity of food in Italy or the pride that Italians take in their cuisine. Take these little, handmade pasta curls, for example. Made from a stiff dough of semolina and water that is traditionally shaped on a wooden work surface by curling it with the tip of a butter knife, cavatelli are claimed by the Molize, Puglia, and Abruzzo regions of Italy. The dough and the shaping technique are similar to those used for orechiette, but the shape is closer to gnocchi. Cavatelli (or cavatieddi in Apulian dialect) are traditionally served with cooked bitter greens, such as arugula, and tomato sauce.

 

WHERE? Delmonico's Does Mardi Gras!

 

WHEN? February 17, 2015

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What We're Reading: February 12, 2015

 

Strawberry feuds aren't forever: a big lawsuit over the strawberry breeding program at the University of California, Davis is finally over. [NPR]

 

Step outside the (chocolate) box with your sweet treats gifts for Valentine's Day. [NYT

 

How do our school lunches compare to those around the world? [Bustle

 

One beer enthusiast says craft beer is dead, and it's all because of Gose. [T... Read more >

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One Week Away: The 2015 Semifinalist Announcement

The James Beard Awards | 25 Years

It’s a historic year for the James Beard Awards: we’re celebrating the program's 25th anniversary, and, for the first time ever, the Awards gala will be held in the city of Chicago. The Windy City has a rich history with the Foundation, boasting over 40 James Beard Award winners, including four Outstanding Chef medalists. We’re thrilled to honor the best of the culinary industry in this world-class destination. (Our Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards Dinner will remain in New York City.)

 

The first milestone of JBFA season arrives next week. On the morning of Wednesday, February 18, we'll post the complete Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalist list right here on the JBF blog. This list will include our ten regional "Best Chef" awards, as well as national honors like Outstanding Restaurant, Rising Star Chef of the Year, and our brand new Outstanding Baker award.

 

Where do the sem... Read more >

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