Recipe: Shuna Lydon's Rose Petal–Vanilla Bean Shortbread

Shuna Lydon's rose petal–vanilla bean shortbreadThese rose petal–flecked cookies have a wonderful crumbly texture and a delicate sweet, floral flavor. Chef Shuna Lydon says, “Shortbread keeps for two weeks in a tightly sealed container lined with parchment paper, at room temperature. But I prefer to eat mine fresh from the oven, warm, with strong black milky tea.”

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The Bookshelf: A Bird in the Oven

 

If you’re staying in this Valentine’s Day, what could be better than a delicious, aromatic roast chicken for two? We asked Mindy Fox, author of A Bird in the Oven and Then Some, for tips to make sure you and your lovebird enjoy a meal to remember.

 

1. Start with a good bird

A great roast chicken starts with a great bird. Look for organic, grass-fed, antibiotic-free chickens from local farmers or family-farm brands like Murray’s, in Pennsylvania.

 

2. Rinse and dry the bird

To ensure a crispy bird, rinse the chicken in cold water, then use paper
towels to thoroughly dry all over, including inside the cavity.

 

3. Use good sea salt

The next step in achieving beautifully crisp skin is to season generously with a good-quality, flaky sea salt like Big Tree Farms Coarse Hollow Pyramid Salt, or Maldon.

 

4. Get out your cast iron

A good basic pan makes the best... Read more >

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On the Menu: February 6 through February 12

On the Menu Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, February 8, 7:00 P.M. Elegant Vineyard Getaway Located amid rolling hills that evoke Italy’s Piedmont region, Palladio at Barboursville Vineyards has been referred to by food writer John Mariani as “one of the finest and most authentic Italian restaurants in the United States.” Chef Melissa Close Hart’s extraordinary cuisine pairs beautifully with the wines produced at the vineyard by winemaker Luca Paschina. Wednesday, February 9, 12:00 noon Beard on Books In Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West Stephen Fried traces United-States history through the development of Fred Harvey'

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Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seed Mousse

Recipe for butternut squash soup with pumpkin seed mousse With another 44 days of winter to go (yes, we're counting), we're on the hunt for recipes that sustain our appreciation for the season's meager offerings. This is one of them. For this easy soup from the Wright's Rodolfo Contreras, butternut squash gets gussied up in truffle honey, crème fraîche, and pumpkin seed oil–infused cream.

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Recipe: Gerald Hirigoyen's Braised Veal Cheeks

Gerald Hirigoyen's braised veal cheeks Shown here with a light side of poached leeks and radishes, these braised veal cheeks make for an unfussy Valentine's Day meal. Get the recipe here.

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Test Your Eat-Q: Chocolate

chocolate Valentine's Day is upon us and everywhere you look it's chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Think you know all there is to know about everyone's favorite February treat? Here's your chance to find out: How many Hershey Kisses are manufactured on an average day at the Hershey Chocolate factory in Hershey, Pennsylvania?
A. 12 million B. 33 million C. 50 million D. 80 million
Get the answer and take the rest of our Eat-Q quiz here.

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On the Menu: Asian Street Food Extravaganza

Brad Farmerie Brad Farmerie has been wowing us for years, from his innovative antipodal cuisine at Public to his recent victory at New York City's Cochon 555. For tomorrow's Beard House dinner, he and his Double Crown team will celebrate the Chinese New Year with a feast of reimagined and refined Asian street food. Check out the menu below (and view the official event page here): Hors d’Oeuvre Abundance > Prawn Toasts with Chile Sambal Fortune > Quail San Choi Bao Luck > Mandarin Oranges with Minced Pork and Prawn Paste Wealth > Slow-Braised Duck Spring Rolls with Double Crown XO Sauce Pairings: Clover Hill Brut 2003; Plymouth Gin and Seasonal Jam Cocktails Dinner For the Table > Sichuan-Pickled Cucumbers and Black Shiitakes; Coconut Brioche with Black Sesame Seeds; Chile–Scallion Buns; and Soy–Mushroom Butter S

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