Recipe: Couscous with Lamb and Mint Dressing

Andrea Beaman's Couscous with Lamb and Mint Dressing Let's be honest: it's Monday, and an ambitious home-cooked meal is the last idea we want to entertain right now. But don't dial for delivery just yet! This minty Mediterranean couscous dish is big on flavor and free of heavy lifting. (All you need is a pot, a pan, and a blender.)

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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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