On the Menu: Columbia Valley Terroir

James John Cafe Portland’s James John Cafe has developed a cult following for its simple bistro cuisine, which proudly features the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. Chef/owner duo Suzanne Bozarth and Aaron Solley will bring their talents to the Beard House tomorrow night with a menu that will pair perfectly with the terroir-driven boutique wines of the Grande Dalles. Have a look at the menu below, and click here to make reservations. Hors d’Oeuvre Smoked Cod with Horseradish Cream Nettle Soup Shooters Leeks and Bacon on Croutons Pork Rillettes (Get the re

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Eye Candy: Molasses Tasting

molasses tasting When Melissa Close-Hart cooked at the Beard House last month, she sweetened her trio of desserts with sticky and soulful molasses. From left to right: molasses–ginger madeleine with orange caramel; molasses crème brûlée (get the recipe!); and a molasses cannolo. Check out more images of chef Close-Hart's dinner at the James Beard House.

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Recipe: Leek and Royal Trumpet Fondue

Leeks and royal trumpet mushrooms elevate this versatile fondue recipe above your typical cheese bomb après-ski fare. Serve with thick crackers, lightly toasted sourdough bread, or as a side to steak or scallops.

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Recipe: Pork Rillettes

Pop quiz: what's the difference between rillettes and pâté? It's a blurry line: pâté is a mixture of ground meat and fat blended into a silky, spreadable paste, while the texture of rillettes is often decidedly more rustic. Some sources claim that rillettes are a "poor man's pâté" since it's crafted from cheaper cuts. Semantics aside, there's nothing unfortunate about this recipe for unctuous pork rillettes from James John Café in Portland.

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February's Best Recipes

Recipe for butternut squash soup with pumpkin seed mousseButternut squash soup with pumpkin seed mousse

Here are our recipe tester’s favorite recipes from the past month: Rodolfo Contreras's Butternut Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seed Mousse This soup is a luxurious but simple way to enjoy a seasonal staple. Gerald Hirigoyen's Braised Veal Cheeks Scented with star anise and orange, this elegant braise is a wonderful dish for sharing. Michael Schwartz's Meyer Lemon Pudding Cake

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On the Menu: February 27 through March 5

The James Beard House Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Sunday, February 27, 12:00 P.M. Baker's Brunch Nationally lauded dough master Joanne Chang has proven her baking chops with a sticky-bun Throwdown challenge win against Bobby Flay. This month she’s joining us at the Beard House for a sweet and savory brunch celebration of her new cookbook, aptly named Flour after her three successful Boston-area shops. Monday, February 28, 6:30 P.M. The James Beard Foundation Greens: Blending at Brooklyn Winery Join JBF Greens and the gentlemen from the Noble Rot at Brooklyn Winery for a hands-on wine experience that explores the intricacies of blending wine. You’ll leave with a better understan

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