July's Best Recipes

 

Oysters with Spicy Tomato Granité

Lia Fallon tops oysters with a Bloody Mary–inspired garnish, giving the bivalves an invigorating kick.

 

Lobster Buns with Shiso Pesto

The Chinese bao bun takes the place of the standard-issue hot-dog bun in this recipe from Simpson Wong. 

 

Tarte Tropézienne with Strawberries and Pistachios

Craft pastry chef Meredith Tomason's version of this traditional French pastry consists of a creamy, orange blossom–scented filling sandwiched inside a golden wheel of brioche. 

 

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On the Menu: Week of August 5

 

Here's what's coming up at the Beard House:

 

Monday, August 6, 7:00 P.M.

Best of D.C.

Our nation’s capital is more than just a humming center of government: it’s also a hotbed of outstanding and diverse cuisine, as proven by this talented group of chefs and mixologists who have earned nominations for one of the city’s most coveted dining awards, the RAMMY.

 

Tuesday, August 7, 7:00 P.M.

Taste of Kentucky, Sweet and Savory

Esteemed Louisville chef S. Dean Corbett—along with his talented chefs de cuisine Sarah Leopold and Travis Rockwell (who are engaged to be married)—is coming to the Beard House to give us a taste of his hometown. The trio will be serving an exceptional modern American menu highlighting native Kentucky ingredients.... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: A North Carolina–Style Barbecue

 

Here's how to throw the best party of the summer: Buy a massive cut of pork shoulder and fire up your grill. Rub the pork with dry spices and cook it nice and slow over smoldering charcoal all day long. In the meantime, make a mess of sides and a sweet, biscuit-topped fruit cobbler. Invite the neighbors over. Don't forget the beer.

 

Pulled Pork

Ted Allen loves a slow-cooked pork shoulder, particularly when the tender meat is shredded, slathered with a vinegary, western North Carolina-inspired sauce, and piled high onto toasted buns.

 

Pickled Mustard Greens

Pickled greens? Yes and yes. Though minced cabbage is a more traditional accompaniment to this type of regional barbecue, these sweet-and-sour greens really cut through the rich, fatty pulled pork.

 

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In Season: Gooseberries

 

Ever eaten gooseberries? The slightly fuzzy, tart berries are very popular in traditional British cooking, but don't get a lot of press stateside. A cousin of the currant, gooseberries range in color from pale green to dark purplish-red, getting muskier as they ripen. They aren't quite sweet enough to eat out of hand, but they become jammy and bright when cooked down with a bit of sugar. Gooseberries are in season from May through August, but they're at their peak in July.

 

How to Store: Like most berries, gooseberries should be stored in the fridge unwashed for 2 to 5 days. Don't have time to make a batch of jam or curd right now? Freeze them. Just wash the berries, pat dry, and then place on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Transfer frozen berries to an airtight container and keep in the freezer for up to a year.

 

How to Cook: Remove the stem and tail of each berry before cooking. Gooseberries are delicious in a range of desserts, but the simplest way to cook them is... Read more >

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Test Your Eat-Q: Foraged Finds

 

Sure, maybe you purchased a bunch of wild ramps at the farmers' market this spring, but how much do you really know about foraged grub? Test your knowledge with the below matching quiz, which appeared in the June/July issue of JBF Notes.

 

1.    Claytonia
2.    Knotweed
3.    Burdock
4.    Chicory
5.    Dandelion
6.    Kelp
7.    Sorrel
8.    Prickly pear cactus
9.    Fireweed
10.  Ramps

 

A.    Home gardeners may think of this plant as a weed, but whether its blossom is white or yellow, the whole thing is edible, from bitter stem to mild flower.  

 

B.    Also known as “miner’s lettuce” because Gold Rush miners ate it as a salad green, this flowering plant tastes like spinach.

 

C.    This desert plant boasts a sweet, pink-colored fruit that’s delicious and refreshing once its sharp spines are cut away.

 

D.    This slender, leafy herb has a tart, lemony flavor and is often puréed into soup... Read more >

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