Eat this Word: Bollito Misto

bollito mistoWHAT? Boiled dinner fit for a prince. This hearty mix of tender meats originated in northern Italy and is considered a menu mainstay of Piedmont, Lombardy, and Emilia. Though it varies slightly by region, the typical mix of seven meats includes beef, veal, chicken, capon, cotechino (a type of sausage), tongue, and traditionally, half of a calf's head. The boiled meats are served with a variety of condiments, but the only one required is bagnetto verde, a blend of parsley, garlic, and anchovy similar to salsa verde. The humble dish was a favorite of Crown Prince Vittorio Emanuele, who was rumored to steal away in the night with friends to the small town of Moncalvo outside Torino to savor the rich, brothy stew. Its time-consuming preparation has brought this modest meal out of the home and into fancy Italian restaurants, where the different meats are often served from specialized carts and carved tableside. WHERE?

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Recipe: Buttermilk Channel's Duck Meat Loaf

Recipe for Buttermilk Channel's duck meat loaf Ryan Angulo puts a sophisticated spin on meat loaf by using succulent duck
 breast, sweet raisins, and grassy herbs. Two duck breasts will yield the necessary meat and fat for this recipe. Your butcher can remove the thick slabs of fat from the meat and grind the two parts separately.

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Recipe: Cornelius Gallagher's Hazelnut–Vanilla Gelato

Recipe for hazelnut–vanilla gelato Laced with toasty vanilla seeds, fragrant hazelnuts, and luscious Nutella, this gelato is the perfect wintertime treat. Get the recipe here.

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Ask a Chef: Quickfire Questions for David Kinch

James Beard Award winner David Kinch

Winner of the 2010 JBF Best Chef: Pacific award, David Kinch has garnered national attention for his singular, terroir-focused American cuisine at Manresa. Deeply committed to sustainable agriculture, Kinch exclusively sources the restaurant’s vegetables from a biodynamic farm in the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains.


1. Organic or biodynamic?
Biodynamic. A lot of people make fun of the hocus-pocus and cosmic elements of biodynamic, but you know, God is in the details. Biodynamic farming forces you to pay attention in much greater detail, and how can you not benefit from that in the long run?

2. Japan or France?
Japan. I think the way France was 20 years ago and Spain was 10 years ago and the Nordic countries are now, Japan is going to be the future. It was a closed door, but people are

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Recipe: Eric Hara's Big Bean Cassoulet

Eric Hara's recipe for big bean cassoulet Eric Hara's trimmed-down version of cassoulet sticks to just beans and vegetables (the traditional dish is enriched with duck confit, sausage, and other meat products), but it doesn't taste like a sacrifice. It's flavored with sweet lobster stock and topped with a buttery blanket of panko. Check out the recipe here.

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On the Menu: Boldly Rustic

April Bloomfield Gastropub pioneer April Bloomfield, a 2010 nominee for JBF Best Chef: NYC, is easily one of the most innovative chefs in town. Her rustic and seasonal cooking, infused with a European snout-to-tail mentality, has changed the way New Yorkers eat and continues to inspire an ardent following. She's taking charge of the Beard House kitchen on Thursday; here's what's on the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Peekytoe Crab and Avocado Mousse Trifles Scotch Quail Eggs Chicken Liver on Pugliese Bread Vincent Carême Vouvray NV Dinner Bacon-Wrapped Rabbit Terrine with Tarragon, Shallot, and Cornichon Salad and Prune Vinaigrette Pairing: Stadlmann Mandel-Höh Zierfandler 2008 Roasted Pumpkin and Market Green Salad with Aged Pecorino and Balsamic Vinegar Pairing: Damijan Kaplja Bianco 2004 Clam, Tomato, and Vegetable Aquacotta Stew with Grilled Bread a

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