Recipe: Banana Pudding Panna Cotta


When Daniel Doyle and Katelyn Selin of Charleston's Poogan's Porch set out to produce a refined take on banana pudding, they started by tinkering with a standard panna cotta recipe. They boosted the richness of the base by adding cream cheese, then blended it with sliced bananas that were cooked in earthy brown sugar, butter, and bourbon. After several hours of chilling, the team completed their modern interpretation with garnishes of white chocolate foam and banana bread dust. At home, you can simply serve the pudding with vanilla wafer cookies or shortbread for your own version of this reimagined Southern favorite. 


Get the recipe here. 

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Six Bitters to Have on Hand This Summer


During these most idle of summer days, we need a damn good reason to abandon our towels and mindless reading. A nicely mixed drink is one acceptable excuse. To ensure that our August libations are of the low-effort, high-reward variety, we turned to Brad Thomas Parsons—author of the JBF Award–winning Bitters: A Spirited History Of A Classic Cure-All With Cocktails, Recipes, And Formulasfor suggestions for unconventional bitters that will add instant pizazz to whatever we're sipping poolside. - The Editors


Bartenders love to describe bitters as the salt and pepper of the bar, but I like to think of them as an entire spice cabinet of liquid seasonings. They play a pivotal role in bringing balance to well-made cocktails, and every serious home bar should have three essential bitters on hand: Angostura, Peychaud’s, and an orange bitters. While this trio will allow you to craft a multitude of classic and con... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: August 20, 2012


The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook!


Floating Island with Apricot Creme Anglaise [NYT]

Melissa Clark's ode to Julia Child, who would have turned 100 last week.


Charred Pepper Steak Sauce [Smitten Kitchen]

How to make a perfect grilled steak even better? Drizzle it with this smoky, tangy sauce.


​Corn Bisque with Crema [JBF]

This time of year, there's no such thing as too much corn. But if you got a little over-excited at the farmers' market... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of August 19


Here's what's happening at the Beard House next week:


Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 P.M.

Mid-Atlantic Summer

Philadelphia has always received its share of foodie love, but in the nearby town of Ambler, Le Bec-Fin alum Jeffrey Power is generating buzz with his menu of seasonal, locally grown ingredients, many of which are grown in the restaurant’s own organic garden.


Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 P.M.

Modern Twist on Maine Flavors

With a name inspired by the Greek word for "idyllic place," Acadia is indeed a welcome respite for sophisticated diner. The high-end restaurant's stunning menu is overseen by chef Ryan McCaskey, an alum of esteemed kitchens like Courtright's and Rushmore. "At Acadia, however," writes Chicago Tribune critic Phil Vettel, "McCaskey is doi... Read more >

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Green & Black's USA Features JBF-Themed Q & A


Green & Black's USA, an official James Beard House purveyor, is running a Q & A about yours truly on their Facebook page. Head on over to read about a typical day at JBF; our various programming and membership levels; and which Green & Black's chocolate flavors we like to nibble on at work.

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JBF Kitchen Cam