Ask a Chef: Timothy Hollingsworth, What are Your Favorite Flavor Combinations?

Timothy Hollingsworth
This year’s JBF Rising Star Award winner, Timothy Hollingsworth of the French Laundry, gives us some great seasonal ingredient match-ups to make the most of late summer’s incredible bounty.

1.  Eggplant, Mint, and Tamarind
“The sweetness of the tamarind complements the earthy flavor of the eggplant, and both are balanced by the freshness of the mint. At the French Laundry we like to apply this flavor combination to sautéed big fin squid from Japan. At home any light seafood dish would carry the flavors well.”

2.  Tomato, Squash, Olives, and Basil
“This combination is the epitome of late summer, when the garden is producing amazing squash, tomatoes, and basil. At the restaurant I like to confit the tomatoes, brunoise the squash, olives, and basil, and serve it all over a piece of olive oil-poached cod.”

3.  Grilled Bread with Tom

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Eat this Word: Semifreddo

semifreddoWHAT? A half-frozen idea. Italian for "half-cold," semifreddo is an Italian dessert made by freezing mousseline-like custards, which are often layered with ingredients like ground amaretti, nuts, or chocolate. Unlike ice cream, semifreddo is not churned. To make it edible while frozen, air is incorporated into the custard base, usually in the form of meringue or whipped cream. The air also has the effect of making the semifreddo seem less cold than it actually is, which accounts for its name. WHERE? Oliver Wolf, Shaun Crymble, and Pastry Chef Marcos Gonzalez's Beard House dinner WHEN? September 21, 2010 HOW? Warm Spiced Chocolate Cake with Local Beer Sabayon and Almond Semifreddo

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Recipe: Beet Falafel with Hemp Seed–Tahini Dressing

Beet Falafel with Hemp Seed–Tahini DressingThis take on falafel from the folks at Schaeffer’s Genuine Foods in Venice, California, has shown us how to make one of our favorite forms of handheld eating even better: beets give the fried nuggets some extra sweetness, while the recipe’s complex spice blend will have you reaching for every bottle in your pantry.

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On the Menu: September 5 through September 11

Guests mingle before dinner at the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Friday, September 10, 12:00 P.M. Harvest Lunch The former executive chef of the Harrison and Citarella, Brian Bistrong has an impressive New York pedigree as well as a strong sensibility for what the city’s discerning diners want to eat. His menu at Braeburn transcends the traditional confines of comfort food, delivering dishes as sophisticated as they are crave-worthy. Saturday, September 11, 7:00 P.M. Sizzling Summer Barbecue True barbecue enthusiasts know that the country’s best offerings can be found at cutthroat ’cue competitions. Now you can also find them at the Beard House, where the championship-winning IQUE BBQ Cooking Team—a

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On the Menu: Our Labor Day Weekend Menu

labor day menuMarc Murphy's mini lobster rolls; Karen DeMasco's sweet corn budino with blueberries and cornmeal shortbread

As summer’s twilight looms, we’re testing the strength of our shopping bags by loading them up with ingredients for these tasty late-season recipes. This menu may not call for a piping hot grill, but it will still help you cope with the fact that another summer has come and gone. Chilled Carrot Soup With Clotted Cream, Pistachios, and Mint This elegant dish is souped up (sorry, we can’t resist) with curry, sweet pistachios, and an unexpected dollop of clotted cream, making it one of the more cosmopolitan carrot purées we’ve seen.

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