On the Menu: Week of February 2

Drinks

Photo by Tiffany Smith 

 

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

 

Monday, February 3, 7:00 P.M. 

Tavern Comfort 

When he's not tending to his herd of heritage-breed pigs, farmer and chef Dan Fox is generating buzz for Heritage Tavern, one of Madison's most anticipated restaurant openings of the past year. Join Fox and his team as they prepare a feast fit for the well-traveled locavore.

 

Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 P.M. 

Passion for Flavor 

An exciting homage to sustainable cuisine, this dinner is also a true family affair. Husband-and-wife team Ted and Cindy Walter of the renowned Passionfish restaurant have designed a seafood-focused menu of their exquisite French-inspired cuisine which will be paired with impeccable wines from Ryme Cellars, which is run by th... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 30, 2014

Sugar

 

Is sugar the new future in gasoline? [Wired]

 

Cooking helps the economy: by legalizing the sale of homemade food in California, the state created over a thousand local business. [Forbes

 

Move over, Cronut: there's a new hybrid in town. Meet the doughscuit. [NPR]

 

College loans aren't the only worry for students: a new study shows food insecurity is, too. [Time]

 

The U.N. dispatches food aid to rebel-held refugee camp after 85... Read more >

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In Season: Meyer Lemons

Meyer lemons

 

Lemons are a beloved tool in our kitchen arsenal, but Meyer lemons, those smooth, golden citrus celebrities, are another thing entirely. Subtly sweet and deeply perfumed, this magical winter fruit will transform desserts, seafood dishes, and even pasta.

 

Crab Carbonara with Meyer Lemon, Black Pepper, and Parsley

Dress up a classic carbonara with Dungeness crabmeat and Meyer lemon zest, which gives the dish extra vibrancy.

 

Lobster Tabbouleh with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

This simple tabbouleh includes plenty of flavorful herbs and a generous amount of lobster. Serve it in endive leaves as an hors d'oeuvre or on its own as an elegant side dish.

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Daily Digest: January 29, 2014

farmer

 

Michael Pollan tackles a new subject: justice for food workers. [Truth-out

 

No cork? Condoms designed to seal up your next wine bottle are coming soon. [LAT]

 

Despite numerous attempts in the past decade, FDA is still unable to control farm antibiotics. [Wired]

 

$8 billion may be cut from food stamp program when new farm bill is revamped. [Eatocracy

 

Charges dropped for three men arrested for taking home food waste. [... Read more >

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Recipe: Pink Apple Crostata

Recipe for Pink Lady Apple Crostat, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

It's tough out there. It's cold. It's dark before we leave the office. And when it comes to local fruit, it's nothing but apples.

 

The antidote to all this midwinter ennui? Well, we can't help you there, but we can give you an apple recipe that's truly easier than pie.

 

Brought to us by Corkbuzz in New York City, this rustic, free-form crostata holds slices of Pink Lady apple, a variety that's tart and deeply flushed, tossed in a coriander-forward spice mixture. (If you can't find Pink Lady apples, substitute Honey Crisps or Jonagolds.)

 

And it's a cinch to prepare: just roll out your dough (don't fret if it's not a perfect circle), mound the apple filling in the middle, and fold over the edges. No pie pan or decorative crimping requ... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 28, 2014

pigeons

 

Amsterdam's trendy "game pâté" is rumored to be made from urban pigeons. [Smithsonian

 

The FDA has understood the health risks of giving antibiotics to livestock for years. [NPR]

 

A Wisconsin brewery is testing beer delivery via drone. No word on how the technology will determine if customers are of legal drinking age. [CBS Minnesota)

 

A former sushi chef and a farmer have teamed up to cultivate a very special kind of rice in Uruguay. [LA... Read more >

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Super Bowl Snacks!

Super Bowl recipes from the James Beard Foundation


While we don't always root for the same team (or even agree that watching spandex-clad men hurling themselves into a pig pile is a Sunday night well spent), we fully support the once-a-year excesses of the Super Bowl spread. Here are some of the nibbles you'll find on ours:

Guacamole
This was James Beard's to-go guacamole recipe. Keep it clean and just stick to the basic ingredients, or try adding one of Beard's various extras, like diced tomatoes, crumbled bacon, or roasted peanuts or almonds.

Pork Cracklings
Make it a true pigskin party and put some pigskin on the table. These pork cracklings are simply seasoned with salt and pepper, but feel free to experiment. The recipe includes 12 hours of chilling... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 27, 2014

Spam

 

Spam is one of the most coveted food products in South Korea. [NYT]

 

The potato lobby pressures the USDA to include white potatoes in one of its food assistance programs. [Food Politics

 

Pig virus kills off one million piglets. How will this affect our bacon? [NPR]

 

New cookie dough and marshmallow crispy Oreo flavors are on the way. [LAT]

 

Fifteen potato chip flavors that ought to be available in America. [... Read more >

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Recipe: Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta with Candied Kumquats and Sea Salt–Roasted Pistachios

Bronwen Wyatt's recipe for Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta with Candied Kumquats and Sea Salt–Roasted Pistachios, apdated by the James Beard Foundation

 

Sweet, mellowly acidic, and believed to be a cross between a common lemon and a mandarin orange, Meyer lemons are one of the more beguiling varieties of winter citrus. We love the soft tang they give to sweets, like this sophisticated panna cotta from pastry chef Bronwen Wyatt of La Petite Grocery in New Orleans. In addition to showcasing the Meyer lemon's delicate flavor, the dessert is also an homage to Turkey, which Wyatt visited a couple of years ago. "I was incredibly inspired by the flavor profiles in Istanbul," she says. "The touch of orange blossom water in the panna cotta and the roasted pistachio garnish are a nod to its cuisine."... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: January 24, 2014

 

Quinoa may be falling out of fashion. Meet teff, the Ethiopian nutrient-rich "ancient grain" that's poised to take its place. [The Guardian]

 

More children are learning about agriculture, health, and nutrition as an increasing number of states pass Farm-to-School legislation. [Civil Eats]

 

Coca-Cola reconsiders the economic impact of climate change after closing plants due to drought and other supply chain disruptions, and other large companies follow suit. [NYT]

 

Plant "STDs" and honeybees: How the tobacco ringspot virus may be decimating bee populations. [... Read more >

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