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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Eat This Word: Kaffir Lime


The James Beard Foundation on kaffir lime
WHAT? Fragrant fruit. Until recently, American cooks had a hard time getting hold of Kaffir limesbumpy-skinned, deep green, intensely fragrant citrus fruits that give a jolt of flavor to many Southeast Asian dishes. Dried or fresh, the leaves, rind, and juice of the fruit are indispensable elements in enlivening soups, salads, and curries. Kaffir limes are used in the cuisines of such countries as Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia "with a frequency bordering on automaticity," Alan Davidson writes in The Oxford Companion to Food. Davidson, incidentally, objects to the name Kaffir and suggests the alternative of Makrut lime, the Thai word. Kaffir, he writes, probably comes from the Arabic word for infidel and has long been used in South Africa as a pejorative term for blacks.

WHERE? Team New Jersey Beard House dinner

WHEN? January 26, 2011

HOW? Poha Rice

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On the Menu: January 23 through January 29

Beard House Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, January 24, 7:00 P.M. Haute Charleston As chef and owner of one of Baltimore’s most lauded restaurants, two-time JBF Award nominee Cindy Wolf finds inspiration in the rich culinary heritage of Charleston, South Carolina. This dinner will highlight the chef’s refined, Huguenot-influenced cuisine along with impeccable wine pairings selected by wine director Tony Foreman. Tuesday, January 25, 7:00 P.M. Seasonal American The Mill at 2t, a charming restaurant in pastoral Connecticut, serves up outstanding locally sourced dishes in an intimate setting. The eatery’s chef, Ryan Jones, and his friend the Canadian locavore chef Christophe Ithurritze are bringing that casual elegance to the Beard Hou

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Remembering Jim

Today marks the 26th anniversary of James Beard’s death. He brought simple, accessible, and delicious food to a generation of Americans through his many cookbooks, TV appearances, and cooking classes. Beard championed local, seasonal eating long before it was chic and helped American cuisine to reach the elevated level of its European counterparts. At the James Beard Foundation we are proud to carry on the legacy of this larger than life man. Here’s to you Jim.

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Recipe: Field Mushroom and Cheddar Omelet Canapés

Field Mushroom and Cheddar Omelet Canapés Topped with earthy wild mushrooms and sharp cheddar cheese, these delicious omelet canapés will make your brunch table the place to be. Get the recipe here.

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Eye Candy: Dessert Burger

Roadside Kitchen Dessert Burger At his November Beard House dinner, Brett McKee and his team from the Roadside Kitchens prepared this playful dessert inspired by the classic combo of burger and fries. A glazed doughnut "bun" hugged a chocolate patty and a slice of mango gelato, while cinnamon–sugar fries, raspberry coulis, and white chocolate crème anglaise appeared on the side. See more photos from the Roadside Kitchens dinner here.

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