Recipes from the Best of the Best: Larry Forgione's Shortcake

Jim's shortbread

Like the apple pie or malt-shop sundae, the shortcake has a rightful place in the canon of classic American desserts. Fittingly, it's also found among some of James Beard's most legendary recipes. After inheriting it from his mother, Beard later passed his shortcake recipe on to his friend Larry Forgione, the chef at An American Place in New York City. Charmed by the dessert's sublimely tender crumb, Forgione gave it a place on his menu; when Beard dined at the restaurant, he sampled the shortcake and declared, "There is no better dessert." Forgione went on to win the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Chef Award in 1993, and today the shortcake can be found in St. Louis, on the menu at his second location of An American Place. Get... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Citrus


Brighten your winter table with one of these vibrant, citrus-inflected dishes.

Orange-Marcona Almond Salad with Pineapple Granita Think outside the navel: chef Jehangir Mehta suggests experimenting with different types of oranges when making this vivid, refreshing salad.

Macadamia-Crusted Scallops with Citrus Beurre Blanc Butter sauce made with a squeeze of orange and lime juice enlivens these crunchy, golden brown scallops.

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Test Your Eat-Q: Valentine's Day Candy

candy hearts

At least ten new sayings are introduced on conversation hearts each 
year. Which of these is not a recent addition?

A.  “Yeah Right”
B.  “What-eva”
C.  “Call Home”

D.  “Puppy Love”

Think you know the answer? Click here to find out and take the rest of our Valentine's Day candy quiz.

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Recipe: Salumi-Braised Beans

Salumi-Braised Beans

In this rich and flavorful dish from chef Scott Romano, navy beans slowly braise on the stove top, in the company of four types of diced cured meat: guanciale, cacciatore, prosciutto, and chorizo. Enjoy it with some crusty bread for mopping up the buttery, creamy juices. Get the recipe here.

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Valentine's Day Recipe: Toffee Bread Pudding with Clotted Cream and Caramel

toffee bread pudding

This Valentine's Day, rather than bumping elbows with other couples in close quarters at the latest in-demand restaurant, cuddle up at home with your sweetheart and this indulgent take on bread pudding from Brian Reyelt. The Boston-based chef uses a mixture of custard and buttery croissants to build the bulk of the dessert, then finishes it with a drizzle of caramel sauce and a crowning of clotted cream. We love the tiny shards of chocolate toffee that hide among the decadent layers of dough. It's fun to excavate them with a spoon—much more fun than trying to secure a restaurant reservation. Get the recipe here.

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On the Menu: February 11 through February 18

Monday, February 13, 7:00 P.M. The Vanguard Kitchen At the Catbird Seat, Nashville’s most buzzed-about new restaurant, diners can’t get enough of the whimsical yet refined tasting menus created by alums of Fat Duck, Noma, and Alinea. Secure your seat now for this talented team’s Beard House debut. Tuesday, February 14, 7:00 P.M. Valentine's Day Celebration At Paragon, chef Scott Mickelson’s elegant and seasonal cooking always scores big with discerning diners. For Valentine’s Day, this Beard House alum will treat guests to a lavish menu that highlights his signature, tempting union of French and Asian cuisine. Wednesday, February 15, 12:00 P.M.

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