Daily Digest: January 22, 2014

mozzarella

 

Americans eat more mozzarella than any other cheese, but chances are it's not the good kind. [Time]

 

This redesigned egg carton is reminiscent of pyramids, a snail, and many other things. [Smithsonian]

 

Remember when Wisconsin transportation officials started using cheese brine to combat icy roads? Turns out it worked pretty well. [NPR]

 

What happens when Michael Voltaggio and Umami Burger team up? The Monte Cristo burger. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 21, 2014

stove

 

How to inspect your oven's accuracy and maximize its efficiency. [LAT]

 

Burgeoning "food hubs" are helping small farmers do business with more restaurants. [NPR]

 

The untold story of Pow, the fourth Rice Krispies elf. [Smithsonian]

 

Jelly Bell to release new draft beer and chocolate-covered Tabasco jelly bean flavors. [Time]

 

Tomb of ancient Egyptian brewer discovered by Japanese archeologists. [... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Alan Richman

Alan Richman on Taste Matters

 

On last week's episode of Taste Matters, JBF's Mitchell Davis sat down with Alan Richman, the multiple JBF Award–winning writer, restaurant critic, and the French Culinary Institute's dean of food journalism. Alan explored the constantly changing restaurant landscape in New York City, and shared his opinions on anonymous food critics. Click here to listen to the full episode. 

 

Taste Matters is a radio program dedicated to taste: as a sense, cultural construct, and culinary phenomenon. However much we talk about where our food comes from, how it’s produced, who prepares it, or what sorts of socio-cultural-political implications our food choices and eatin... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: January 17, 2014

 

Good news for bread lovers everywhere: a recent review of research shows that unless you have celiac disease or wheat allergies, consuming whole-wheat foods is good for you. [Food Politics]

 

Trying to make your household greener by reducing food waste? These websites and mobile apps can help. [Ecocentric]

 

Could debit cards could have an impact on childhood obesity? A new study by Cornell University finds that kids make healthier choices in the lunch line when paying with cash instead of credit. [NPR]

 

Walmart joins the Fair Food Program, helping to improve the lives of laborers on tomato farms with increased wages and enh... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of January 19

Upcoming events at the James Beard Foundation

 

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

 

Wednesday, January 22, 12:00 noon

Beard on Books

Yes, Chef: A Memoir chronicles JBF Award winner Marcus Samuelsson’s incredible journey, from being orphaned in Ethiopia, to his adoption and childhood in Sweden, to his arrival in New York City, where his work at Aquavit earned him a coveted New York Times three-star rating at the tender age of 24. His career trajectory led him to White House dinners, reality show triumphs, and, ultimately, the opening of his acclaimed Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem, where he’s fulfilled his dream of creating a truly diverse, multicultural dining room.

 

Wednesday, January 22, 7:00 P.M.

Wine Country Enchantment

For more than... Read more >

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Crowd-Pleasing Casseroles

Colman Andrews's shepherd's pie

 

If you haven't made a casserole lately, it's time to give the unsung hero of the workweek another look. These anything-but-outdated dishes are among our favorite make-ahead meals.

 

Old-Fashioned Rich Chicken Pie

A dash of Tabasco adds a jolt of vibrancy to this classic comfort-food dish. (A cup of heavy cream doesn't hurt either.)

 

Shepherd's Pie

Made with flavorful ground lamb, this irresistible one-pot meal from cookbook author Colman Andrews is a simple Sunday-night project.

 

Cornbread-Crusted White Chili with Green Chilies and Hominy

Looking for a way to repurpose leftover roast chicken? Try this insanely go... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 15, 2014

beer

 

Budding brewers and winemakers may want to consider a degree in fermentation science, now on offer at Appalachian State University. [Atlantic]

 

The latest in Instagram memes: farmer selfies, a.k.a. "felfies." [Modern Farmer]

 

In light of the looming Velveeta shortage, here's a comprehensive history of "Kraft's liquid gold." [Smithsonian]

 

Europeans are eating more chocolate, adding to global demand that's already outpacing supply. [WSJ]

 

Bartenders aren't spared from California's new food sa... Read more >

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Introducing the new JBF Greens Membership Category

Introducing the new JBF Greens membership category

 

We've launched the JBF Greens, a new membership category for food lovers under 40! Greens members get to discover New York City's best restaurants, chefs, and culinary trends at monthly events, such as wine tastings, multi-course dinners, hands-on cooking classes, and demos. 

 

A sampling of Greens membership benefits:

 

  • Advance notice of Greens events
  • Member-priced tickets for two people for all Greens events (does not apply to non-Greens events)
  • A table at select Beard House Events. This is your opportunity to experience dining at the Beard House at a discounted rate of only $85 while being seated with other Greens members!

 

Get more details and sign up for JBF Greens today... Read more >

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JBF Partners with the Clinton Foundation to Launch America Cooks with Chefs: The 800 Calorie Challenge

 

We're excited to announce our new partnership with the Clinton Foundation to launch America Cooks with Chefs: The 800 Calorie Challenge, a cooking competition that will pair six lucky home cooks with six celebrity chef “trainers,” including JBF Award winner Tony Mantuano and Mary Sue Milliken, to create healthy, approachable meals. An online video series will feature an episode with each duo as they take part in an intense, one-day “cooking well kitchen camp” at the chefs’ restaurants, working together to redesign a recipe around healthy nutritional guidelines without sacrificing taste or presentation. The contestants will then attend the 2015 Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) conference in La Quinta, California, where they will bring their new skills to a live cooking challenge at the conference, where a panel of celebrity judges will select a winner.

 ... Read more >

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Daily Digest: January 14, 2014

borscht

 

Sochi organizers are planning to serve more than 70,000 gallons of borscht during the Olympic Winter Games. [NPR]

 

Japan's Suntory Holdings to purchase Jim Bean. [LAT]

 

Pizza Hut introduces new pizza-by-the-slice "concept" at test locations in Nebraska and Rhode Island. [LAT

 

A new study suggests that coffee may actually be hydrating. [NPR]

 

For Bordeaux winemaker Pierre Seillan,... Read more >

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