Eye Candy: Doughnuts

Diners were served an unexpected treat at JBF Award winner Marcus Samuelsson's Beard House dinner last month: a surprise platter of housemade glazed doughnuts, sprinkled with powdered sugar. Click here to see more photos of Marcus Samuelsson and his team.

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Ask a Chef: Wolfgang Puck, where should we eat in Los Angeles?


Wolfgang Puck, a multiple JBF Award winner, co-host of the 2010 Awards, and California-cuisine pioneer, took a break from his busy schedule to tell us where we should dine in the City of Angels. Check out his suggestions below.

Late-night dining
AOC (323.653.6359, 8022 West 3rd Street)
“They serve everything in small portions, just the way I like it—especially for late at night.”

California cooking
Campanile (323.938.1447, 624 South La Brea Avenue)
“Mark Peel’s food tastes like the California sunshine.”

Special occasion
Valentino (310.829.4313, 3115 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica)
“I love the exciting Italian cooking and fabulous wine list.”

Family dinner 
Osteria Angelini (323.297.0070, 7313 Beverly Boulevard)
“Great for kids as well as grown-ups.”

Quick snack 
“The best place fo

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Eat This Word: Carnitas

The James Beard Foundation on carnitas
WHAT? Mexican confit. Though the word carnitas can refer to any small bits of cooked meat—that are usually served in soft corn tacos at roadside stands throughout Mexico—the most common is pork. To make pork carnitas, large pieces of shoulder and other fatty parts of the pig are simmered in vats of lard until they are crisp on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. The meat is removed from the fat, drained, and broken up into small shreds that are then stuffed into tacos. (Where there are carnitas, there are usually chicherones, or crisp, fried pork skins.) The western part of central Mexico, namely Michoacán, is known for carnitas, but truth be told they are tasty just about everywhere—even Queens, New York.

WHERE? Ivy Stark, Scott Linquist, and Hugo Reyes's Beard House dinner

WHEN? May 21, 2010

HOW? Roast Duck Breast and Duck Carnitas Enchiladas with Dried Fruit, Al

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Food Matters: Swap Meat

We all treasure the taste and comfort of a homemade dinner, but when the demands of work and parenting take their toll, the 30-minute meal can feel daunting to even the most skilled home cooks. Instead of reaching for your stack of takeout menus, consider a meal swap, in which cooks prepare large batches of an entrée and exchange them with one another. Click here to learn more about this latest incarnation of the supper club.

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On the Menu: May 16 through May 22

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, May 17, 7:00 P.M. Seasonal French When CIA alum Humberto Campos Jr. followed his dream of opening his own restaurant, his labor of love turned out to be one of the region’s most romantic gems. Join him for a menu of the French-inspired seasonal cooking that has earned him four stars from the Star-Ledger. Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 P.M. Relais & Châteaux Series: Four-Star Dining When 2010 JBF Award nominee Daniel Humm took over the kitchen at Eleven Madison Park in 2006, the food world sang his praises. Since then Humm has really been humming; in re

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Giveaway: illy Coffee Trivia Winner

We know you've all been shaking with caffeinated anticipation for the announcement of our first illy coffee trivia winner, so, without further ado, the lucky commenter is Chef Martin! He correctly guessed that Finland consumes the most coffee per capita out of all the European countries. (The average Finn downs 3–4 cups of java a day, usually sans milk and sugar—that’s hardcore!) Chef Martin, you will receive a copy of From Coffee to Espresso by Riccardo Illy and Francesco Illy. Our illy coffee trivia series will continue the week of May 24, so come back for another fix from Master Barista Giorgio Milos!

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Recipe: Barbecue Cabrito Spice Rub

Memorial Day falls late in the month this year, but that doesn't mean you can't start plotting your grilling-season kickoff. This fast but flavor-packed spice rub from Tim Byres of Smoke Restaurant in Dallas will guarantee some delicious grilled or barbecued grub. The chef recommends spreading it on lamb cuts, but feel free to experiment with other proteins, too.

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