On the Menu: December 10 through December 17

Sunday, December 11, 12:00 P.M. Best Friends Holiday Brunch When best friends and Top Chef alums Lee Anne Wong and Zac Young join forces, it promises to be a good time. Both chefs have gained a reputation for beautifully styled, flavor-packed food, the best of which will be showcased at this special holiday brunch. Sunday, December 11, 5:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Palm Beach, FL Located in the lush and sophisticated Brazilian Court resort, this outpost of Café Boulud delivers the JBF Award winner’s signature brand of French dining to luxury-seeking travelers and locals. Join Boulud and his colleagues

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Recipe Roundup: December 9


The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook!

Slow-Roasted Pork Shoulder with Stuffed Squash [Leite's Culinaria]
Yes, please. Be sure to choose a properly fatty cut of pork for this crowd-wowing dish from cookbook author Diana Henry.

Monastery of Angels Pumpkin Bread [The Wednesday Chef]
This moist, holiday-spiced quick bread sold by a

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Recipe: Spiced Molasses Whoopie Pies

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While the whoopie pie lost out to wild blueberry pie in the fight for the title of Maine's official state dessert (as consolation the frosting-filled cake sandwich was designated as the official state treat), this baked good continues to attract plenty of fierce fans. These spicy, gingerbread-like whoopie pies from our senior editor, Anna Mowry, are perfect for the holidays, and are delicious when slathered with a buttery frosting. Get the recipe here.

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Taste of the NFL and JBF Team up to Kick Hunger

Last month we partnered with Taste of the NFL (whose founder, Wayne Kostroski, received our Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2010) to raise awareness of the organization's fight against hunger. Bobby Flay, Bob Costas, and other special guests from the worlds of sports and food came by to honor the nonprofit. Watch a short clip about the event below. (You can watch more videos about Taste of the NFL's efforts to kick hunger here.)

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Food Trends to Watch for in 2012

Andy Ricker and Sean Brock

Predicting food trends is an inexact science (though some people are actually paid to do it). At any rate, here’s our stab at what we suspect will be crossing our plates in 2012.

Locavorism, Redefined
Taking his lead from the Cook it Raw crew, Charleston’s Sean Brock is striving to revive the cooking of the South's antebellum period, teaming up with foragers and historians to rescue heirlooms from obscurity or extinction. We’re hopeful... Read more >

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Market Haul: December 5

This week’s CSA box includes what will likely be the last of the season's broccoli, along with some gorgeous Brussels sprouts, crunchy kohlrabi, and plenty of root vegetables.

The Haul: Russet potatoes, Tuscan kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, kohlrabi, parsley

The Menu Ideas:

Southern Indian Vegetable Curry [Jamie Oliver] Ignore the long list of ingredients and adapt this recipe according to what you have on hand. Don’t like okra? Sub in cauliflower. Need to use up some carrots? Throw them in. The curry leaves are optional but coconut milk is a must.


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