Ask a Chef: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Grilling

Mastering the Grill At this month’s Beard on Books, authors David Joachim and Andrew Schloss gave us a lesson in the science of the grill. We also asked them some of our burning questions (pun intended) about the technique. Curious about the pros and cons of gas vs. charcoal grilling? Looking for a great dry rub recipe? Want tips on grilling different cuts of meat—as well as fruits and vegetables? Have a look at their generous responses below, and impress your friends with your newfound grilling wisdom at your next cookout. There are countless gas grills out there. Is there something specific we should look for when purchasing a new one? Look for a grill that's big enough to handle your average grilling session. If you ever want to grill-roast a whole turkey or other large roast, the grill should have a total area of at least 600 square inches (or 22 inches in

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Summer Cocktails with Steve Olsen

 

We asked beverage expert and 2010 JBF Awards spirits chair Steve Olson about the newest trend in spirits and how he slakes his thirst in the summer. You can learn more about his education and consulting company, aka wine geek, at akawinegeek.com.

 

Q: What do you drink to cool down in the summer?

 

A: I love a good, cold, handcrafted beer in the summer. I also enjoy aromatic white wines, like a Sigalas Assyrtiko from Santorini, and tall, cool cocktails, such as a Southside (made with Tanqueray No. Ten gin and mint) or citrus-based drinks like a caipirinha (made with cachaça and fresh limes).

 

Q: In this issue we’re featuring barbecue trivia. What do you like to drink with barbecue?

 

A: To me, barbecue is summer, so all of the drinks I mentioned apply! That said, when I actually have the ribs on my plate (and the ’cue sauce on my fingers), what could be better than a perfectly made margarita with 100 percent agave tequila (such as Chinaco), Grand Marnier, and fresh lime juice?

 

Q: We’ve read that gin is making a comeback. What other s... Read more >

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On the Menu: June 27 through July 3


Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, June 28, 7:00 P.M. Atlanta’s Rising Star A 2010 JBF Rising Star award semifinalist, Kevin Gillespie gave the Voltaggio brothers a run for their sous vide machines during last year’s Top Chef. The executive chef and co-owner of Woodfire Grill, Gillespie wowed the show’s judges with the same unpretentious, seasonally inspired cuisine with which he regularly impresses Atlanta diners. Tuesday, June 29, 7:00 P.M. Softshell Crab Extravaganza To help us celebrate one of the most precious moments of the culinary calendar year, David C. Felton, pastry chef Jessica Knik, and sommelier Brooke Sabel, of New Jersey’s much-buzzed-about Ninety Acres at Sir Richard Br

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Giveaway: illy Coffee Trivia Winner

Coffee Plant Flowers We have a winner! Maybe this question was too easy—almost all of our commenters had the correct answer. JoAnn Lesh was randomly selected to take home our big prize from illy. As you can see from the photo above, coffee plant flowers are white. We thought we'd direct you over to the experts for details on the answer—illy's website has great information on how coffee travels from the ground to your cup. Thanks to everyone who participated! We'll be back with more illy coffee trivia after the 4th of July.

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Eye Candy: You Say Kataifi, I Say Kanafeh

chamomile parfait, semolina cake, and kataifi-wrapped strawberries

At the end of his forward-thinking Greek dinner, Pano Karatassos served a dessert of chamomile parfait, semolina cake, and kataifi-wrapped strawberries. Kataifi—also known as kanafeh—is an Arabic pastry made of fine threads of pastry dough or shredded phyllo. It is common in Middle Eastern and Mediterranean bakeries. Click here for more photos of chef Karatasso's dinner.

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Recipe: Sweet Pea Gazpacho

Sweet Pea GazpachoThis refreshing and seriously simple sugar snap pea gazpacho from chef Joseph Humphrey is an instant hit with everyone who tries it. All it takes are four ingredients and some simmering, so it’s perfect for a busy weeknight. (Just hurry and grab your peas quickly; with the summer solstice behind us, these green beauties won’t be around much longer.)

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Giveaway: Know Your Coffee

illy giveaway It’s time for another round of coffee trivia from illy’s Master Barista Giorgio Milos. Here’s our next question: A coffee plant’s flowers are what color? To win a fabulous prize from illy, simply put your answer in the comments below and a commenter with the correct answer will be chosen at random! Today’s prize? An illy Cappuccino Lover’s Gift Set. You’ll be drinking cappuccinos at home everyday when this great set lands in your kitchen. It includes two cans of medium roast ground espresso coffee, a latte art steaming pitcher, four illy logo cappuccino cups, and four demitasse stirrers. You have until today at 6:00 P.M. EST to get your answer in

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