Eat this Word: Scrapple

scrappleWHAT? Rehashed hog hodgepodge. Though a packed loaf of pig scraps and offal may not entice those with squeamish stomachs, scrapple has been enjoyed in the Pennsylvania Dutch region since its first settlers set up shop there. (According to the Habbersett company—which has been slinging scrapple since 1863—the product was invented in Chester County, PA, home to the state’s oldest colony.) Similar to black pudding or German panhas, scrapple was an invention born of frugality, a delicious way to use up every last piece of the pig after slaughtering. To the leftover porky parts New World pioneers added buckwheat and cornmeal—two crops indigenous to the area—and seasonings before setting in loaf-shaped molds. Sliced and fried until golden brown, scrapple has a crispy texture and well-spiced flavor similar to that of a country sausage patty. You can still find it in Pennsy

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Recipe: Apple Galette

apple-galette-blog-resized February can be a testing month for the foodie, as frozen food aisles and fruits from another hemisphere start to beckon our soup-and-stew-weary stomachs. But consider this comforting apple galette, which makes the best out of the lone fruit sitting in ghost town greenmarkets. Spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg, this dessert will keep you warm, satisfied, and sane until spring's explosion of fresh foodstuffs arrives.

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Eye Candy: Banana Bread French Toast

banana bread French toast Jason Weiner of Almond served this deluxe French toast at his Beard House brunch last month. Made with banana bread, the dish was topped with candied walnuts, dried cranberries, and malted anglaise. See more photos of chef Weiner's brunch here. (Photo by Joan Garvin)

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Recipe: Rosemary Madeleines

madeleines-rosemary Our recipe tester loved the taste of these charming madeleines from Le Bec-Fin's Nicholas Elmi. The cookies are flavored with fragrant rosemary, tangy orange zest, and soulfully sweet brown sugar, which fuse together into an elegant, sweet-and-savory combination that's totally intoxicating. If you don't already own a madeleine pan, this is the perfect excuse to get one.

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The Bookshelf: The Lee Bros. Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor

Simple Fresh Southern After winning the 2007 JBF Award for Cookbook of the Year for the Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, Matt and Ted Lee have returned with Simple, Fresh, Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor, a compilation of unfussy recipes for the busy cook. We invited the Lee Brothers to discuss their new title and Southern cuisine at last week's Beard on Books. When developing recipes for Simple, Fresh Southern, Matt and Ted found inspiration in their sprawling cookbook collection. Certain concepts emerged from serious meditation on a single ingredient, like buttermilk; others, like pimento cheese potato gratin and mint julep panna cotta, “hit like a thundercloud." Simple, Fresh Southern finds its balance between Southern food homage and the Lee brothers'

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On the Menu: February 21 through February 27

on-the-menu-eileen-miller-2 Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, February 23, 7:00 P.M. Another Taste of Perfection From its perch on the 24th floor of the Grand Pequot Tower at Foxwoods Resort Casino, Paragon lives up to its name—literally and figuratively—with Scott Mickelson’s French- and Asian-inflected cuisine. An apex of sophistication and a standard-bearer for fine-dining restaurants, Paragon reaches great heights. Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 P.M. Toujours Le Bec-Fin Georges Perrier ushered in Philadelphia’s dining renaissance when he opened his now-iconic restaurant, Le Bec-Fin, in 1970. Four decades later, with the help of extraordinarily talented executive chef Nicholas Elmi, Perrier’s venera

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Eye Candy: Ovaltine Kulfi

Ovaltine kulfi Pastry prodigy Pichet Ong served three desserts at our Valentine's Day dinner. One of them was this malted kulfi, which was topped with caramel popcorn, spiced chocolate sauce, and muckwa confetti. (Kulfi is India's answer to ice cream; muckwa is candied fennel seed.) See more photos of the seductive dinner here. (Photo by Bobbi Lin)

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