September's Best Recipes

Carrot Soup
 

Here are our recipe tester’s favorite recipes from the past month:

Chilled Carrot Soup with Golden Raisins, Cashews, and Yogurt Seek out pure, Indian-style chile powder to use in this pleasantly spiced and lush soup.

Stewed Octopus with Tomatoes Made with baby octopus and a handful of other ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen, this one-pot stew is a delicious and satisfying weeknight meal.

Poached Black Cod with Sausage-Spiced Butter... Read more >

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Giveaway: Get an Artisan Tea Sampler from Beard House Purveyor Mighty Leaf Tea!

Mighty Leaf Tea
As our schedules return to revved-up status after the easygoing weeks of summer, we’re called back to the pleasures of sipping on a mellow mug of tea after a long day. To help you maximize these relaxing moments, we’re teaming up with our fine tea purveyor, Mighty Leaf Tea, to give away 500 free samples of their amazing artisan teas!

Mighty Leaf recognizes that the purest, most natural ingredients deliver the richest tea flavors and unforgettable sensory experiences. Their artisan-crafted blends of whole leaf tea touch all the senses, blending together whole tea leaves, fruit, spices, and blossoms—flavors too big for ordinary tea bags. Mighty Leaf teas are always whole leaf teas, never cut, torn or crushed, and are wrapped in simple, artisan-crafted tea pouches, which are made from fully biodegradable materials.

The San Francisco–based company is giving away the following sampler to 500 members of the JBF community: 1 iced tea

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Q & A with JBF Award Winner Julian P. Van Winkle III

Anna Mowry interviews Julian P. Van Winkle III, winner of the 2011 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional
Winner of the 2011 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional, Julian P. Van Winkle III carries on a century-long tradition of producing premium bourbon at Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery in Louisville, Kentucky.

The James Beard Foundation: Rip Van Winkle is a four-generation family company. How did you get involved in the business?

Julian P. Van Winkle: I started working for my dad in 1977. At that time we were selling just one age of Old Rip Van Winkle. We also sold decanters filled with our whiskey. I took over the company in 1981 after my father passed away.

JBF: Can you describe your bourbon recipe and the impact it has on the flavor of your products?

JPVW: Bourbon must be made from at least 51 percent corn. Rye or wheat can also be used. My grandfat

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On the Menu: Hamptons Classic

Joseph RealmutoJoseph Realmuto

From Mexican street food-turned-haute cuisine to exquisite Mediterranean fare, tomorrow night's Beard House menu, created by the talented chefs of Honest Man Restaurant Group, reflects the laid-back elegance of the South Fork. Locally sourced ingredients support the sophisticated flavors that have turned these restaurants into the favored dining spots of the Hamptons elite. To make a reservation for this event, which will also feature Long Island wines, click here. Hors d’Oeuvre Montauk Lobster with Butter and Garden Thyme on Housemade Potato Buns Housemade Foie Gras Torchon with Balsam Farms Strawberry–Garden Rhubarb Jam on Toasted Brioche Diver Scallop Crudo with Grapefruit and Amagansett Sea Salt Suppli di Telefono

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On the Menu: October 3 through October 6

On the MenuWhat better way to welcome October than with a fall feast at the Beard House? Monday, October 3, 7:00 P.M. Louisiana Style Diners at Drew’s Bayshore Bistro can enjoy a true down-home, low country meal without even leaving the tri-state area. Run by chef/owner Andrew Araneo, a 2010 JBF Award semifinalist for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic, Drew’s upscale bistro fare features the best of Gulf Coast cuisine: bold flavors, Cajun specialties, and spectacular seafood. Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 P.M. Hamptons Classic From Mexican street food–turned–haute cuisine to exquisite Mediterranean fare, the menu created by these talented chefs reflects the laid-back elegance of the South Fork. Locally sourced ingredients support the sophisticated flavors that have turned these restaurants

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Test Your Eat-Q: Urban Agriculture

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Test your agricultural knowledge with this Eat-Q quiz from the August/September 2011 issue of our member newsletter, JBF Notes. These terms crop up frequently when talking about urban farming. Can you match each word to its meaning?

1.  Planter
2.  Compost
3.  Hydroponic
4.  Potting Soil
5.  Community garden
6.  Locavore
7.  Seedlings
8.  Greenhouse
9.  Apiary
10. Irrigation

A.  Decomposed scraps that are very high in nutrients and can help fertilize soil in an urban garden.
B.  A structure where plants are grown that traps heat indoors even during cold weather.
C.  A person who values eating foods that come from within a certain radius of his or her location.
D.  A place where beehives of honey bees are kept, also known as a bee yard.
E.  A method of growing plants without soil, using mine

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Rosh Hashanah Menu

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Make your mother proud by celebrating the new year with a traditional menu of tried-and-true holiday favorites.

Wine-Braised Brisket
A mixture of port, dry red wine, and a head of garlic makes an aromatic braising liquid for this special-occasion brisket.

Lokshen Kugel
The secret to this just-sweet-enough noodle side dish is to use a chunky, homemade applesauce.

Beet and Pomegranate Salad
Israeli chef Erez Komarovski makes this salad with raw beets, but you could easily substitute roasted beets for a more intense flavor with less crunch.

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