James Beard's Recipe Box: Molasses Cookies

molasses cookies from James Beard's American CookeryTo celebrate yesterday's reissue of James Beard’s American Cookery, we have invited cookbook authors, food writers, and chefs to prepare one of its recipes. In the coming weeks we will publish these writers’ reflections on cooking from one of the most important works in the history of our country’s cuisine. We hope their essays inspire you to do the same. First up is freelance writer and cookbook author Lauren Chattman. Stay tuned for dispatches from Mollie Katzen, Dorie Greenspan, Jennifer McLagan, and more. – JBF Editors Just when I was thinking that it was time to fill the cookie jar with something old-fashioned for fall, James Beard’s American Cookery arrived in the mail. Paging through the book, my eye focused on page 721, a recipe for

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The Perfect Saturday?

The Vices That Made Virginia Having your fill of oysters, bourbon, cigars, and bluegrass sounds like a great way to spend a Saturday. Add a Virginia pig roast and, well, now you really have a party. These are just some of the highlights of The Vices That Made Virginia, a fundraiser to benefit the new partnership between Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food & Agriculture and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. All proceeds will go toward helping this innovative venture create a vibrant, secure, and equitable local food system in the national capital region. WHEN? Saturday, November 6, 2010 WHERE?  Woodlawn in Alexandria, VA

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Recipe: Tim Wiechmann's Corn Fettuccine with Mushrooms, Lemon Verbena, and Bûcheron

Tim Wiechmann's Corn Fettuccine with Black Trumpet and Purple Wine Cap Mushrooms, Lemon Verbena, and Bûcheron

When Tim Wiechmann prepared this sweet and meaty pasta dish at the Beard House, he used black trumpet and purple wine cap mushrooms that he plucked from the Cambridge-area wilds himself. Since most of us lack the necessary know-how to scan the forest floor for edible fungi, we suggest that you just forage for whatever you please at the grocery store. (High-end stores like Whole Foods usually have black trumpets, chanterelles, and other fine species in stock.)

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Recipe: Scott Conant's Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Shrimp, Farro, and Leeks

Scott Conant's Roasted Pumpkin Soup with Shrimp, Farro, and LeeksThis soulful pumpkin soup, which Scott Conant served at his recent Beard House dinner, bears the chef's signature, rustic-meets-refined style. All that's missing is a hunk of crusty bread to mop up the last drops.

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Eye Candy: Attack of the Macaron

Citrus Macaron with Citrus Slices, Lime–Vanilla Sorbet, Lemon Curd Cream, and Blood Orange Sauce At a celebration of Steve Wynn's Las Vegas empire, Encore pastry chef Frédéric Robert Citrus served citrus macarons with citrus slices, lime–vanilla sorbet, lemon curd cream, and blood orange sauce. Check out more photos of the stunning Beard House meal.

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On the Menu: October 24 through October 30

A view of the Beard house from the back patio. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 24, 12:00 P.M. Tutto Toscana Brunch The classic Italian brunch may be the simple duo of cappuccino and cornetto, but we knew the country’s culinary crema would do wonders with the American breakfast when given the chance. In their farewell to the Apicius culinary school’s Tutto Toscana series, the faculty will prepare a delicious brunch that draws on Tuscany’s culinary traditions. Monday, October 25, 7:00 P.M. East Coast Meets Spain Named after the Spanish word for “foam,” Espuma also evokes the Delaware restaurant’s coastal locale, which offers endless inspiration for Jay Caputo’s New American cuisine. Jo

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Recipe: Scallop Tasting

Kim Canteenwalla's Scallop TastingThis lovely scallop trio from Vegas chef Kim Canteenwalla showcases the seafood in three preparations: seared with pickled watermelon rind; poached in a rich cream sauce; and a spicy ceviche finished with pink peppercorns.

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