On the Menu: Celebrating Oaxaca

Tonight's Beard House dinner will introduce diners to the utterly unique cuisine of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, a narrow stretch of land separating the Mexican gulf from the Pacific Ocean in the southeast of Oaxaca. Ivy Stark of Dos Caminos has designed the menu centering on this largely unknown part of the world, and will be joined in the kitchen by two members of her team, Scott Linquist and Pastry Chef Hugo Reyes. Here's what they will be preparing: Hors d’Oeuvre Molotes de Flor de Calabaza Quesillo > Masa Turnovers with Zucchini Blossoms and Oaxacan String Cheese Tortitas de Camaron > Tiny Omelet Soufflés with Dried Shrimp Pasilla Oaxaca Relleno de Requeson y Durasno > Cheese and Peach–Stuffed Smoked Pasilla Chilies Tostaditas de Erizo > Crispy Corn Totopos with Sea Urchin, Serrano Chile, Pickle

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Recipe: Champagne-Poached Prawns with Spicy Cucumber Salad and Green Curry–Coconut Sauce

Asian food lovers will find plenty to love about this vibrant dish from Mark Franz of San Francisco's Farallon: there's elegant lemongrass, sweet coconut milk, and fiery red chile paste, plus a fistful of fresh herbs. But our favorite touch is the unexpected addition of Champagne, which Franz enlists as a poaching liquid for prawns.

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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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