On the Menu: Week of January 5

Upcoming events at the James Beard Foundation

 

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

 

Wednesday, January 8, 7:00 P.M.

Gramercy Tavern's 20th Anniversary

Inimitable restaurateur Danny Meyer and award-winning chef Michael Anthony will be headlining this spectacular celebration of Gramercy Tavern, which will mark its 20th anniversary later this year. Guests at this sure-to-sell-out dinner will feast on the iconic restaurant's contemporary American cuisine–and will each go home with a copy of the newly published Gramercy Tavern Cookbook.

 

Thursday, January 9, 7:00 P.M.

Winter’s Tale

A historic mansion in Newport, Rhode Island, is the setting for the Castle Hill Inn, where chef Karsten Hart produces inventive New England cuisine for the Rela... Read more >

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Better Weeknight Dinners

shakshuka

 

Just because you worked late doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a satisfying, home-cooked dinner. So put away the cereal bowls and take-out menus: JBF staffers have some quick dinner tips that will have you sitting down to the table in a snap.

 

 

Put an Egg on It

“For Israelis, shakshuka is a breakfast mainstay. For me, it’s a reliably easy and satisfying weeknight dish. You can make a basic version with pantry items: olive oil; a medium onion, chopped; 2 or 3 crushed garlic cloves; a 28-ounce can of peeled whole tomatoes; and eggs. Sauté the onion and garlic in oil, then add the tomatoes. Season with salt, black pepper, and your preferred ground hot pepper. Simmer for 20 minutes, breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Use the spoon to make 1 or 2 dimples in the stew. Crack an egg into each dimple. Reduc... Read more >

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Champagne Lovers' Menu

 

Planning a celebratory New Year's Eve dinner? You'll really be cooking with gas with this decadent menu composed entirely of dishes made with bubbly.

 

Champagne Jelly with Golden Raspberries and Mint

This delicate, palate-awakening hors d'oeuvre is the perfect starter for an elegant, Champers-themed meal.

 

Warm Oysters with Prosecco, Cauliflower, and Sorrel Soup

Chef Ethan Stowell makes this creamy, oyster-topped soup with Prosecco, but Champagne makes a luxurious substitute.

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Edward Behr on How to Eat Better in 2014

Edward Behr on How to Eat Better in 2014

 

In his new cookbook, 50 Foods: The Essentials of Good Taste, noted culinary expert Edward Behr guides readers on how to select, prepare, and most importantly, enjoy, some of the world’s best foods. To help us get the new year started off right, here are Behr’s top ten tips for a delicious 2014. — JBF Editors

 

1. Eat better apples.

Most of the apples in supermarkets have been picked too soon, and even if they were stored well, they’ve spent too long in the distribution pipeline and then sat too long in displays without refrigeration. They’re not at their best. Instead go to a farmers’ market or a store that cares about fruit and offers great varieties with real flavor, such as Ashmead’s Kernel, Duchess of Oldenburg, Esopus Spitzenburg, Newtown Pippin, Wickson Crab, Pink Pearl, and Macoun (the best of the McIntosh family). Any of those are good for eating out of hand and are also excellent for cooking.

 

2. Eat fresher, mor

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On the Menu: Week of December 29

Upcoming events at the James Beard Foundation

 

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

 

Tuesday, December 31, 9:00 P.M.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Ring in 2014 with good cheer and incredible food at our annual New Year’s Eve celebration. The teams from the International Culinary School at the Art Institute have planned an extravagant menu that is sure to make this year’s fête our most festive yet.

 

Thursday, January 2, to Friday, February 28, 10:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

Greenhouse Gallery

Cheryl Brock

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Cheryl Brock's artwork is built upon intensely patient observations. In this exhibit, she presents pieces of produce with the detail of an individual’s port... Read more >

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The Bookshelf: What’s a Hostess to Do?

What’s a Hostess to Do? by Susan Spungen (Artisan Books, 2013)

 

Want to entertain flawlessly? So do we, so we enlisted recipe developer, food stylist, and author Susan Spungen to share five tips from her new book, What’s a Hostess to Do?, an invaluable resource chock-full of guidance, recipes, and helpful illustrations to help you become a party-throwing pro.—JBF Editors

 

 

Make It Ahead

Unless you’re a very confident cook, avoid last-minute cooking at all costs. A frantic or absent chef does not put guests at ease. For many of us, salads and stews are saviors.

 

Cook What You Know

The day of your party is not the time to practice something fancy that you’ve never even tasted, let alone cooked. Your tried-and-true pot roast may not seem exciting to you, but a solid dish done well is always better than a flashy one gone awry.

 

Think Like a Chef

Putting all of your ingredients in place befo... Read more >

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