Eye Candy: Melon and Mangalica

Philippe Ruiz of the Palme d'Or in Coral Gables served Mangalica ham–wrapped melon, a traditional Provençal snack, at the Beard House's Bastille Day celebration. Click here for more photos. (Want to make a fun twist on this combo at home? Click here for Scott Uehlein's roasted pineapple and prosciutto recipe.)

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On the Menu: August 1 through August 7

Guests mingle in the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, August 2, 6:00 P.M. Enlightened Eaters: A Workshop Our series on cooking seasonally continues when Top Chef contestant and natural foods chef Andrea Beaman returns to teach guests how to prepare delicious summer dishes with just-picked ingredients from local markets. Participants will learn how to maximize the health benefits of locally sourced food by cooking meals packed with nutrients as well as flavor. Tuesday, August 3, 7:00 P.M. Modern Asian When former Buddakan NYC chef Michael Schulson opens a new restaurant, Asian food lovers sit up and take notice. Schulson, as per Frank Bruni, “breathes intelligence and creativity” into his foo

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Recipe: Spiced Peaches with Yogurt Panna Cotta, Raspberry Coulis, Champagne Gelée, and Basil

Christina Lee of Recette employs spherification to create Champagne caviar for this festive panna cotta, but you can make a simpler component at home without channeling your inner Ferran Adrià. Just use powdered gelatin to set a straightforward gelée—no calcium chloride bath required.

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Recipe: Roasted Pineapple with Prosciutto

Scott Uehlein's Roasted Pineapple with Prosciutto We will always love the tried-and-true prosciutto and melon matchup, but we're digging this tropical twist from Scott Uehlein of the Canyon Ranch Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach. The cured meat is paired with tangy pineapple and finished with a mellow rosemary oil. It's great for a casual nibble with drinks.

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Recipe: Mini Lobster Rolls

Marc Murphy's Mini Lobster Rolls Want a taste of the ocean that doesn't come with a sunburn or sand in your bathing suit? Make a plate of Marc Murphy's adorably pint-sized lobster rolls. His version is decidedly pro-mayonnaise, mixing the condiment with roasted garlic, tarragon, and Old Bay seasoning. We think it could convert even the staunchest members of the pro-butter camp.

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Eye Candy: Salame

Assorted salame A stack of housemade salame sits in the Beard House kitchen during the reception before Gregory LaPrad and Anthony Andiario's Beard House dinner in early July. LaPrad and Andiario have received rave reviews for their cooking at Quiessence, a temple to seasonal and local cuisine in the Arizona desert. See more photos of the event here.

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Recipe: Chilled Carrot Soup With Clotted Cream, Pistachios, and Mint

Matt Jennings's carrot soup Laced with fragrant spices, olive oil, and mint, this puréed carrot soup from chef Matt Jennings is packed with flavor. Jennings finishes the dish with a quenelle of clotted cream, which you can make ahead of time by letting a mixture of cream and buttermilk thicken at room temperature. (If you can't do that step beforehand, just grab an imported jar from Whole Foods or Dean and Deluca.)

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