On the Menu: Aureole Celebration

Christopher Lee and Charlie PalmerJBF Award winners Christopher Lee and Charlie Palmer

With critically acclaimed restaurants from coast to coast, JBF Award winner Charlie Palmer is a culinary trendsetter and a renowned restaurateur. To celebrate the 20-plus years of his flagship restaurant, Aureole, chefs from both the East and West Coast outposts of Palmer’s beloved eatery will converge at the Beard House for a once-in-a-lifetime dinner. Here's what's on the menu: Hors d’Oeuvre Chilled Summer Corn Soup with American Caviar Spicy Ahi Tuna Cannelloni with Avocado and Mango Chutney Herb-Roasted Ham Croque Monsieur with Black Truffles and Frisée Salad Veal Agnolotti with Artichokes, Époisses, and Tomato Consommé Pairing: Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut NV Dinner Chilled Alaskan King Crab with Heirloom Tomatoes, Watermelon, Basil, Aged Balsamic, and Green Peppercorn Aïol

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Eye Candy: Chicken and Waffles

chicken and waffles At their late-August Beard House dinner, Charlie and Kathleen Schaffer of Schaffer’s Genuine Foods presented a menu entirely crafted from sustainable and eco-friendly ingredients. Guests were especially fond of the chicken and waffles with pink-eyed pea succotash and fennel pollen honey. You can view more images here.

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As the Frozen Custard Churns



Where I grew up there were two seasons: frozen-custard season and no-frozen-custard season. Maine summers were all about our semi-weekly trips to Hodgman’s, which is open for business only from Mother’s Day to Labor Day. Sitting in the back of my parents’ Subaru, I knew we were halfway there when we passed the peeling wooden church.

Fast-forward to last summer, when I visited Hodgman’s for the first time in years, this time accompanied by friends and fellow New Yorkers. Not much had changed. The stand still bears a sagging awning that shelters dogged customers on rainy evenings. The menu is the same, too. It features parlor standards with sprinklings of Northern parlance (jimmies) and regional specialties (like the “tin roof.”)

My expectant friends plied me with questions: What’s the best flavor? How are the sugar cones? What the heck is a tin roof? (A sundae topped with chocolate syrup and peanuts.) Oh, and what is frozen custard, anyway?

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Recipe: Corn Fritters

corn fritters With just two weeks of summer to go, we're clinging to the season with these addictive beer-battered corn fritters from Eric Warnstedt, chef/owner of Hen of the Wood in Waterbury, Vermont. The recipe employs the most satisfying stuff of hot-day dining (corn, beer, and deep-frying), so make a big batch for your end-of-summer sorrows. (Just keep those tears out of the frying oil, or you'll really be sorry.)

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Ask a Chef: Timothy Hollingsworth, What are Your Favorite Flavor Combinations?

Timothy Hollingsworth
This year’s JBF Rising Star Award winner, Timothy Hollingsworth of the French Laundry, gives us some great seasonal ingredient match-ups to make the most of late summer’s incredible bounty.

1.  Eggplant, Mint, and Tamarind
“The sweetness of the tamarind complements the earthy flavor of the eggplant, and both are balanced by the freshness of the mint. At the French Laundry we like to apply this flavor combination to sautéed big fin squid from Japan. At home any light seafood dish would carry the flavors well.”

2.  Tomato, Squash, Olives, and Basil
“This combination is the epitome of late summer, when the garden is producing amazing squash, tomatoes, and basil. At the restaurant I like to confit the tomatoes, brunoise the squash, olives, and basil, and serve it all over a piece of olive oil-poached cod.”

3.  Grilled Bread with Tom

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Eat this Word: Semifreddo

semifreddoWHAT? A half-frozen idea. Italian for "half-cold," semifreddo is an Italian dessert made by freezing mousseline-like custards, which are often layered with ingredients like ground amaretti, nuts, or chocolate. Unlike ice cream, semifreddo is not churned. To make it edible while frozen, air is incorporated into the custard base, usually in the form of meringue or whipped cream. The air also has the effect of making the semifreddo seem less cold than it actually is, which accounts for its name. WHERE? Oliver Wolf, Shaun Crymble, and Pastry Chef Marcos Gonzalez's Beard House dinner WHEN? September 21, 2010 HOW? Warm Spiced Chocolate Cake with Local Beer Sabayon and Almond Semifreddo

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Recipe: Beet Falafel with Hemp Seed–Tahini Dressing

Beet Falafel with Hemp Seed–Tahini DressingThis take on falafel from the folks at Schaeffer’s Genuine Foods in Venice, California, has shown us how to make one of our favorite forms of handheld eating even better: beets give the fried nuggets some extra sweetness, while the recipe’s complex spice blend will have you reaching for every bottle in your pantry.

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