Eye Candy: Steak Souvenir

place setting When a group of chefs from the BLT empire cooked at the Beard House late last month, diners were given souvenir BLT Steak postcards illustrating the primal cuts of beef. Check out images of the meal here.

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Recipe: Bacon with Pineapple Jus and Bacon-Salted Peanuts

Bacon with Pineapple Jus and Bacon-Salted Peanuts David Katz went hog wild at Chefs & Champagne, serving this braised bacon with gently cooked pineapple and peanuts infused with bacon fat. Keep the heat very low when making the bacon-salted peanuts, or they will burn.

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Eye Candy: Top Taco

Seared Venison with Oak-Smoked White Jalapeño Salsa, Cucumber–Mint Salad, and Fennel Pollen Crema Rene Ortiz, who earned his chops under JBF Award winners Daniel Boulud, Jean-Louis Palladin, and Douglas Rodriguez before opening La Condesa in Austin, cooked up a contemporary Mexican menu at the James Beard House earlier this month. We're wishing we could have tried his funky tacos, stuffed with barely seared venison, oak-smoked white jalapeño salsa, cucumber–mint salad, and fennel pollen crema. Have a look at more photos here.

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On the Menu: Portland’s Rising Star

Matthew Lightner A recent JBF Rising Star Chef semifinalist and one of Food & Wine’s 2010 Best New Chefs, Matthew Lightner has been getting attention for his bold new way with seasonal cuisine at Portland's Castagna. He's taking over the Beard House next Wednesday, and we can't wait for a taste of his understated yet enticing menu. You can make a reservation by clicking here. Hors d’Oeuvre Lardo and Tomatoes on Brioche Salmon on Rye Toasts Cheese Puffs with Garlic Aïoli Crispy Pigs’ Ears with Radishes and Hazelnuts Pairing: Matello Ribbon Ridge Pinot Gris 2009 Dinner Willamette Valley Onion Salad with Caramelized Allium Vinegar, Herbs, and Crisp Vegetables

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Eye Candy: Food in Photos

food photos on wall At his recent Beard House dinner, chef Peter DeRuvo taped photos of his planned dishes on a wall in the James Beard House kitchen. See more photos here.

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