Recipe Roundup: Holiday Hors d'Ouevre

Olympia biscuits

Nothing says it's the holiday season like a silver tray laden with decadent, bite-sized nibbles. In the spirit of James Beard, whose first cookbook was entitled Hors d'Ouevre and Canapés, here's a selection of some of our favorite little party-starters. Foie Gras Cuban Sandwiches [JBF] A touch of jalapeño pesto and spiced bananas add zip to this indulgent cousin of the Cubano. Oyster Mushroom Cappuccino with White Truffle Oil [JBF] This creamy, earthy soup looks extra-fancy when served in demitasse cups.

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Recipe Roundup: Holiday Dinner Menu

Chilled Oysters with Cucumber Water

This Christmas, forget the goose and sticky pudding and serve this decadent, nontraditional menu instead. This meal would also be perfect for an intimate New Year's Eve dinner party. Chilled Oysters with Cucumber Water Sweet and briny oysters on the half shell are paired with a spicy cucumber–ginger mignonette. Fennel and Arugula Salad This light, lemony salad can be taken to the next level with a pinch of fennel pollen and a little smoked sea salt. Lobster Stew An indulgent, yet homey, main course from Canal House's Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer.

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Recipe Roundup: Holiday Cookies

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There are many reasons to appreciate holiday cookies: they satisfy even the most overbearing of in-laws; they’re sweet sustenance for shivering carolers; and they bring us all together via a shared love for creamed sugar and butter. While every family has their own cookie traditions, we hope to add to the season’s sprit with a few of our own festive recipes.

Let’s Sugar Cookies
Throughout his childhood, James Beard enjoyed these simple, elegant sugar cookies made by Jue Let, the Beard family’s personal chef. But don’t be fooled by their innocent looks: the cookies contain mace, the outer membrane of nutmeg that packs a more pungent flavor.

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Recipe: Turkey Chili

turkey chili

Now that we've recovered from last month's turkey overdose, it's time to reembrace this lean bird in an otherwise overindulgent holiday season. Here, JBF staff member Nancy Kull uses ground turkey, red kidney beans, and a slew of spices to make a lighter but still plenty satisfying chili. Get the recipe here.

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Sweepstakes: Win a set of Toast Prizes


Looking for a last-minute gift to top off a food lover’s stocking? Today marks the DVD release of Toast, the story of food writer Nigel Slater's childhood and his explorations of food and cooking. Described as "a thoroughly irresistible confection" by Los Angeles Times critic Gary Goldstein, Toast features a compelling combination of heart, humor, and warmth. To learn more about the film, click here. Today we’re giving away one Toast DVD, one copy of the memoir on which the film is based, and a movie poster signed by Nigel Slater. For a chance to win the whole set, tell us your most memorable food experience from childhood.... Read more >

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On the Menu: December 17 through December 24

Monday, December 19. 7:00 P.M. (Di)Vine Inspiration Rock-star-turned-winemaker Maynard Keenan and his partner Eric Glomski have found a kindred spirit in French cuisine–loving chef Mike Carrino. These friends are collaborating on an exciting meal that will be paired with and inspired by Arizona Stronghold wines, which Carrino himself helped produce. Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 P.M. Steakhouse Holiday After graduating at the top of his class from London’s Le Cordon Bleu, chef Ronnie Killen cooked at top restaurants throughout the U.S. before returning to his hometown of Pearland, Texas, to open his own modern chophouse. Come see wh

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