On the Menu: July 4 through July 10

Guests mingle in the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Wednesday. July 7, 7:00 P.M. Handcrafted American Unilaterally declared “the best restaurant in Phoenix” by Elan Head of Phoenix magazine, Quiessence has come into its own under the direction of chef Gregory LaPrad, who rewrites the farm-inspired menu daily to highlight local ingredients. This dinner will also feature a selection of wines from the chef’s favorite Arizona winemakers. Thursday, July 8, 7:00 P.M. Waterside Italian For some teams, a winning streak lasts a couple of months; the lucky ones hang on for a few seasons. But the partnership between Andy Nusser, Mario Batali, and Joe Bastianich—of Babbo and Casa Mono fame—has been going strong for

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Fourth of July Desserts: Something Red, Something White, and Something Blue

Tri-Star Strawberry Shortcake Tri-Star Strawberry Shortcake with Corn Biscuits One of our favorite bites from last year's Chefs and Champagne, Colleen Grapes's take on this summertime classic proves that deliciousness is in the details. The shortcake is studded with sweet corn kernels, a vanilla–lemongrass infusion helps the strawberries shine, and honeyed whipped cream tops it all off. Fennel-Scented Pavlova OK, so this white

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James Beard and the Art of Picnicking

Michael White Picnic Recipes Perhaps we’ve said it before, but James Beard loved picnics. “Since my earliest recollections of food, I have fancied picnics and eating out of doors more than any other fashion of eating,” Beard writes in his memoir, Delights & Prejudices (our blog’s namesake), “It is perfectly true that under these circumstances food tastes better. One relishes the fresh air and the escape from crowds, and delights in being simply oneself.” Jim goes on to reminisce about a picnic that coincided with an important first. “I can recall my first automobile ride, we drove in a huge touring car…it was an exciting day for all of us, for picnicking in a car was relatively rare, and to drive out of town with a hamper of food was a great adventure. I remember this picnic especially, because it had been suggested at the spur of the moment,

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Eye Candy: Get Your Beef On

springtime barbecue trio At his mid-spring ode to barbecue, Tim Byres of Dallas's Smoke Restaurant served this Texas beef trio. It included coffee-cured brisket, a smoked paprika hot link, and short ribs, served with Dallas Farmers’ Market creamer peas and hominy casserole. Salivate over more photos here.

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Eat this Word: Hominy

hominyWHAT? Indigenous edible. This venerable grain is in fact dried corn kernels that have been processed with an alkali—traditionally a lye or limewater solution—to remove their tough outer skins. Its consumption dates back to ancient Mesopotamian cultures; in her book Crazy for Corn, Betty Fussell referred to hominy as “the world’s oldest chemically processed food.” Hominy was a staple of the Native American diet, and vestiges of its past can be found in Mexican soups and stews like menudo and posole. Its most common contemporary American iteration is as grits, the Southern staple in which dry hominy is ground, simmered over slow heat, and served with butter and cream in either savory or sweet variations. WHEN? Marc Dunham’s Beard House dinner WHERE?

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Reel Food: Wüsthof Butchering Demonstration

Did this morning's grilling Q & A put you in a carnivorous mood? Get a fix from this video of our recent whole-hog butchering demonstration, performed by Joshua Applestone of Fleisher's in Kingston, NY. (Julie Powell fans may recognize the Fleisher's name—it's where she honed her butchering chops in her latest book, Cleaving.) Though Applestone is said to be able to break down whole beasts in 44 seconds or less, he slowed down the pace for this Wüsthof-hosted Beard House event. Check out his mad skills after the jump!

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