Recipe: Guava and Cream Cheese Turnovers

 

JBF Award winner Jose Garces's cookbook The Latin Road Home centers around the numerous Spanish-speaking countries that have shaped his career, and the menu at his 2013 Beard House event reflected the book's theme, with each course rooted in the cuisine of a different nation. For dessert, Garces served these buttery, Cuban turnovers, or pasteles, made by enveloping guava paste and cream cheese in puff pastry. Using store-bought pastry, you can enjoy them at home, too. 

 

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2016 Women in Culinary Leadership Grants Now Available

 

The James Beard Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2016 Women in Culinary Leadership Grant program. Women with a background in hospitality or the culinary arts are encouraged to apply for a chance to participate across fifteen six-month or seven twelve-month mentor/grantee programs with top industry leaders. The deadline to apply has been extended to February 8, 2016.

 

Mentorship programs are available with the following chefs and restaurateurs:

 

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The Future Chronicle, Part 4: Nobel Prize for Agriculture Winners Announced

 

As we wrap up our coverage of the 2015 JBF Food Conference, we turn our eyes to the possibilities of tomorrow's farms, restaurants, grocery stores, and kitchens. We've partnered with the Future Market for a multi-part series exploring some of the visions of the future discussed at the conference, in the form of the Future Chronicle, a newspaper snapshot of 2065. Read the full issue here, and stay tuned for more dispatches from the mid-twenty-first century.

 
 

Nobel Prize for Agriculture Winners Announced


December 10, 2065

 

Mike Lee

 

This year’s three Nobel Agriculture Pr

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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

 

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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)

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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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