Recipe Roundup: Holiday Cookies

holiday cookies

There are many reasons to appreciate holiday cookies: they satisfy even the most overbearing of in-laws; they’re sweet sustenance for shivering carolers; and they bring us all together via a shared love for creamed sugar and butter. While every family has their own cookie traditions, we hope to add to the season’s sprit with a few of our own festive recipes.

Let’s Sugar Cookies
Throughout his childhood, James Beard enjoyed these simple, elegant sugar cookies made by Jue Let, the Beard family’s personal chef. But don’t be fooled by their innocent looks: the cookies contain mace, the outer membrane of nutmeg that packs a more pungent flavor.

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Recipe: Turkey Chili

turkey chili

Now that we've recovered from last month's turkey overdose, it's time to reembrace this lean bird in an otherwise overindulgent holiday season. Here, JBF staff member Nancy Kull uses ground turkey, red kidney beans, and a slew of spices to make a lighter but still plenty satisfying chili. Get the recipe here.

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Sweepstakes: Win a set of Toast Prizes


Looking for a last-minute gift to top off a food lover’s stocking? Today marks the DVD release of Toast, the story of food writer Nigel Slater's childhood and his explorations of food and cooking. Described as "a thoroughly irresistible confection" by Los Angeles Times critic Gary Goldstein, Toast features a compelling combination of heart, humor, and warmth. To learn more about the film, click here. Today we’re giving away one Toast DVD, one copy of the memoir on which the film is based, and a movie poster signed by Nigel Slater. For a chance to win the whole set, tell us your most memorable food experience from childhood.... Read more >

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On the Menu: December 17 through December 24

Monday, December 19. 7:00 P.M. (Di)Vine Inspiration Rock-star-turned-winemaker Maynard Keenan and his partner Eric Glomski have found a kindred spirit in French cuisine–loving chef Mike Carrino. These friends are collaborating on an exciting meal that will be paired with and inspired by Arizona Stronghold wines, which Carrino himself helped produce. Tuesday, December 20, 7:00 P.M. Steakhouse Holiday After graduating at the top of his class from London’s Le Cordon Bleu, chef Ronnie Killen cooked at top restaurants throughout the U.S. before returning to his hometown of Pearland, Texas, to open his own modern chophouse. Come see wh

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Our Favorite Dishes of 2011

Another year gone by, another flurry of meals and plates licked clean. As all food lovers can attest, it’s not easy to single out a mere handful of dishes to top our year-end list of favorites, especially after a year that brought us plenty of promising chefs, gutsy cooking, and delicious food. With that in mind, here’s a look back at what we loved in 2011. Our tummies are already growling for next year.


polenta with marinara

Polenta with Marinara (Modernist Cuisine)
When we saw Nathan Myhrvold speak at ICE, we also got to sample dishes from his team’s kitchen laboratory. Our favorite: a bowl of homey grits that had been cooked at h... Read more >

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