Recipe Roundup: Oysters

 

Bivalve fiends may spar over which species of oyster is best, but if asked for their favorite letter of the alphabet, chances are they would unanimously say 'R.' While the "only eat oysters in months with 'R'" mantra is no longer an absolute rule (responsible and regulated oyster farming provides us with risk-free oysters year round), wild oysters spawn when waters warm in summer, and the flavor of spawning shellfish is often flat and off-putting. You don't need to start waving away oysters in May, but be on alert for creatures that look milky or slimy, an indication that your oysters have gotten a bit randy. Once you've locked down some immaculate specimens, try one of these oyster-focused recipes from our collection, including an earthy variation with roasted shiitakesan eye-opening shooter, and crisp-fried in cornmeal with a bright lemon rémoulade.

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What's Cooking: Our Favorite Chicken Recipes

 

Chicken, again? You heard us. Unparalleled in its versatility, chicken makes a terrific blank canvas for a myriad of enticing flavors, cuisines, and techniques. Take your pick from some of our favorite rut-busting chicken recipes—we promise you won't ruffle any feathers. 

 

Lemon Chicken

For this crowd-pleasing dish, JBF Award winner Michel Richard flavors chicken with roasted lemon pulp. You can roast the citrus a day before cooking the chicken, or you can multitask by roasting the lemons and marinating the chicken at the same time.

 

Chicken Wing Tacos with Salsa Macha

This dish from New York City taco guru and Beard Award semifinalist Alex Stupak riffs on traditional game-day chicken wings with a fiery, addictive salsa made with peanuts, sesam... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: New Orleans's Daniel Causgrove

 

We're having a Fat Tuesday Beard House fête when French Quarter institution the Grill Room at Windsor Court heads north to the Big Apple. Chef Daniel Causgrove will treat diners to a festive menu highlighting the best of the Grill Room’s classic and contemporary dishes. In anticipation of his jubilant event (we have our beads at the ready!), we spoke to Causgrove about his oyster Rockefeller redux, "badass" corned beef and cabbage, and his idea of a "baller" date.

 

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Tell us about your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event.

First, the most basic inspiration is the spirit of Mardi Gras an... Read more >

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Recipe: Caramelized Apple Clafoutis

 

We're not big fans of the "easy as pie" idiom. Since when is processing, chilling, and rolling out pie dough considered an easy task? A custardy clafoutis, on the other hand, is versatile, elegant, and truly simple. And if you live by the “apple a day” mantra like we do, then you'll love folding your favorite variety into this addictive version from San Diego–based chef Brian Redzikowski. An alum of Le Cirque, Nobu, and Joël Robuchon restaurants and now helming the kitchen at Kettner Exchange, Redzikowski will serve his caramelized apple clafoutis at his upcoming Beard House dinner next month. If you can't make it to the Big Apple to indulge in Redzikowski’s progressive American cuisine, just take a bite out his apple desse... Read more >

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What We're Reading This Week

 

JBF Award winner Michael White lays out his pasta commandments. [First We Feast

 

An H5N1 bird flu has struck in France, leading to possible shortage of foie gras. [MUNCHIES

 

Could coffee flour be the key to managing your sugar intake? [Bon Appétit

 

Starbucks pulls the plug on their Teavana tea bar experiment. [Grubstreet

 

Tips and tricks to perfect your winter roasting. [... Read more >

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Happy Hour: The Tramp Cocktail from Seattle's Canon Bar

 

Made famous the world over by New York City's legendary Waldorf Astoria, the classic pre-Prohibition Charlie Chaplin–inspired cocktail gets an effervescent update at Canon, Seattle’s whiskey and bitters emporium and a 2015 semifinalist for our Outstanding Bar Program award. Crafted by proprietor Jamie Boudreau, the Tramp cocktail is an homage to the beloved early 1900s tippler. Tradition calls for equal parts apricot brandy and sloe gin, and the addition of bubbly cava brings complexity and whimsy.... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of February 1

 

Here’s what’s coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:


Monday, February 1, 7:00 P.M.

Splash of Winter Rosé

Oenophiles associate rosé with summertime sipping, but Café ArtScience’s Patrick Campbell and Renae Connolly are out to prove that this delicate wine also shines in wintertime. True to the restaurant’s creative philosophy, they’ll treat Beard House guests to a boundary-pushing meal where innovation meets fine dining.

 

Tuesday, February 2, 7:00 P.M.

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Leah Chase to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award; Father Gregory Boyle, S.J. is Humanitarian of the Year

2016 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement award recipient Leah Chase

 

The James Beard Foundation is thrilled to announce the recipients of its 2016 Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian of the Year awards. Both honorees will accept their Beard medallions at the James Beard Awards on Monday, May 2, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

 

This year’s Lifetime Achievement award will go to chef, restaurateur, television personality, and “Queen of Creole Cuisine” Leah Chase, whose New Orleans restaurant, Dooky Chase’s, pioneered Creole cooking in the United States and made dishes like jambalaya, gumbo, and fried chicken into kitchen staples. In a town deeply divided by segregation, Dooky Chase’s, which is still open today, was one of the only public places in New Orleans where mixed race groups could meet to discuss strategy for the local Civil Rights Movement. Chase is also a p... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Comfort Food Favorites

 

After the excitement and bustle of the holiday season, January might feel like it can drag on forever—but that doesn't mean your recipes need to follow suit. This week, set aside your Redzepi-inspired creations and that 30-step recipe for Pierre Hermé macarons and make one of these simple, satisfying dishes instead.

 

Roast Chicken with Basil, Scallions, Lemon Butter, and Potatoes
It doesn't get much better than a butter-rubbed roast chicken with crisp potatoes. This easy recipe from Mindy Fox's lovely A Bird in the Oven, and Then Some is one you'll return to again and again.

 

Farmer's Mac and Cheese
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Beard House Recipe: Oyster Crudo with Prosecco Mignonette

 

Oyster Crudo with Prosecco Mignonette / 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 November. The evening was a culinary slam-dunk from start to finish, from her delicate lemon–crab arancini to her hearty ... Read more >

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