Recipe Roundup: Wild Mushrooms

 

Though it can be next to impossible to get a wild mushroom forager to share his secret patch, it's never hard to find a recipe that puts the flavorful funghi to good use. Here are a few of our favorites: 

 

Soufflé Crêpes with Wild Mushrooms and Crescenza Cheese

Golden crêpes are filled with earthy sautéed mushrooms and a savory pastry cream made with soft-ripened Crescenza cheese. 

 

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Video: JBF Award Winner Hugh Acheson's Sweet Onion Soup for the Home Cook's Soul

 

When JBF Taste America rolls into Los Angeles, one expects a weekend of culinary glamor befitting a host city such as Tinseltown. True to form, JBF Award winner Hugh Acheson, our headlining All-Star for the weekend, collaborated with local stars Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook and set the bar high with a lavish four-course feast that criss-crossed the nation in red-carpet style. The next day, at Sur La Table, however, Acheson chose to focus on the simpler side of gastronomy, forgoing the glitz to demonstrate the building blocks of a simple onion soup. “A soup is made by bringing about flavor,” Acheson advised, drawing parallels with the development of a home cook’s repertoire: “What cooking really is, to me, is a chance to spend time with pe... Read more >

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Staff Picks: 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

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Beard House Recipe: Giada's Rigatoni with Vegetable Bolognese

 

Rigatoni with Vegetable Bolognese / La Dolce Vita

 

Emmy Award–winning chef Giada De Laurentiis is known for many things: her celebrated Food Network shows, elegant California-inflected Italian cooking, and contagious smile, among them. Now with an eponymous Las Vegas restaurant under her belt, the petite powerhouse’s brand continues to grow ever more fierce—and New York City diners were treated to an evening of Sin City decadence when the celebrity chef brought her iconic fare to the Beard House at the end of last month. 

 

 

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Unique Gift Ideas for Food Lovers

 

Happy holidays from the James Beard Foundation! If you still have some fellow food lovers on your holiday shopping list, look no further: below is a one-stop shop of unique culinary gifts.

 

 

JBF GIFT CERTIFICATES

 

Give extraordinary dining experiences to your friends and family with James Beard House gift certificates. Dining certificates are available at any value for use toward all one-of-a-kind James Beard House events throughout the year. Purchase JBF gift certificates online or call 212.675.4984.

 

 

JBF GIFT MEMBERSHIPS

 

JBF memberships are available at all levels for the food enthusiasts on your... Read more >

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Doughnuts: A Hanukkah Miracle

 

'Tis the season...for frying up delicious Hanukkah treats. We love latkes—we really love latkes—but sometimes we like to celebrate the festival of lights with something sweet. Sufganiyot, round jelly doughnuts topped with powdered sugar, are a Hanukkah tradition, but we'd happily welcome any of these deep-fried desserts to our holiday table:

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnuts

These tasty treats are a fun twist on America’s favorite sandwich.

 

Malasadas (Portuguese Doughnuts)

We think these bite-sized fritters from Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard are delicious... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Benne Seed


WHAT? Sesame seeds by another name. West African slaves introduced the seeds to America (along with okra, yams, and black-eyed peas), and the Nigerian name for them, "benne," stuck, at least in the American South. The Africans considered the seeds lucky. Today, benne wafers—thin cookies/crackers made with sesame seeds—are closely associated with Lowcountry cooking, a style of cooking centered in Charleston, South Carolina. And they're often served at Kwanza too.

 

WHERE? Savoring the South

 

WHEN? Saturday, December 12, 2015

 

HOW? Pimento Cheese on Benne Seed Crackers

 

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Video: James Beard's Recipe for Salmon Braised in Red Wine

 

We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

If you crave soups, stews, and braises during the colder months like we do, look no further than James Beard’s mouthwatering salmon braised in red wine. A simple yet deeply flavored dish, it’s quickly becomi... Read more >

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Eye Candy: Monkfish Bouillabaisse with Caviar and Clams

 

A shining gem in multiple JBF Award winner Barbara Lynch’s empire of exceptional restaurants, Menton has been steadily garnering accolades since it opened in 2010. Recently, chef Scott Jones and JBF Award–winning wine director Cat Silirie joined us at the Beard House for a tantalizing menu inspired by the restaurant’s namesake town on the French-Italian border. Guests were dazzled by Jones’s array of luxurious dishes throughout the evening, including showstoppers like seeded foie gras lollipops and tuna tartare with truffles and white soy. Each dish reminded us why Menton has continued to remain an industry darling, but perhaps our favorite was the chef's creative take on bouillabaisse, the traditional Provençal fish stew. What arrived on guests’ tables was an artfully composed plate of creamy,... Read more >

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What We're Reading This Week

 

Prince Charles fought to protect French cheese and wine from a mass-produced, genetically-engineered future during this week’s climate conference. [MUNCHIES

 

The National Restaurant Association and New York City butt heads once again, this time over new sodium warnings on menus. [Eater]

 

Defying statistics: Vanessa Hanel’s story and how she’s paving the way for the next generation of female urban farmers. [Modern Farmer]

 

E. coli can’t stop: outbreaks first Chipotle, and now Starbucks. [FWF]

 

Use your food scraps in new ways wit... Read more >

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