On the Menu: September 12 through September 16

On the MenuBook your table now: we've got a JBF semifinalist, a protegée of Todd English, and three of Hawaii's best chefs cooking for us for next week. Monday, September 12, 7:00 P.M. Mondays with Jesse Since opening Recette last year, wunderkind chef Jesse Schenker has won raves from critics like Sam Sifton and received a 2011 JBF semifinalist nod for Best New Restaurant. For this dinner, Schenker and pastry chef Christina Lee (a Per Se alum) have created a menu inspired by their wildly popular “Mondays with Jesse” tasting series. Tuesday, September 13, 7:00 P.M. Progressive American The hottest table in Palm Beach these days is at Būccan, a small-plates restaurant known for a charming, casual setting that belies its sophisticated and imaginative global fare. A Todd English prot

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Recipe Roundup: September 9, 2011

peaches The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our new recipe roundup does all the heavy sifting to single out recent, mouthwatering recipes from our favorite blogs. All you have to do is click and cook! Here’s what we’ll be making over the course of the next week. Spicy Tomato Jam with Peaches [Delicious Days] Bottle up the best of summer with this chile-flecked jam. Pan-Seared Salmon with Cauliflower and Pine Nuts [Marcus Samuelsson] Zipped with curls of orange peel and a smattering of fresh herbs, the

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Eye Candy: A Top Chef's Tortellini

tortellini When Mike Isabella came to the Beard House last month, he swiftly dashed away any doubts that he could cook incredible food beyond the judges' table. His menu was stunning from start to finish, but we especially loved these delicate veal-sweetbread tortellini, which were surrounded by perfectly salted country ham broth, cauliflower purée, and pickled baby vegetables. You can see more photos of Mike Isabella's Beard House dinner on our Facebook page.

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Recipe: Chilled Carrot Soup with Golden Raisins, Cashews, and Yogurt

Carrot Soup The abrupt change of weather has sent everyone scrambling for their Dutch ovens and stew recipes, but we're not ready to retire refreshing summer fare just yet. We're clinging to the last few weeks of the season with this elegant carrot soup from chef Clay Conley, redolent with Indian spices and finished with creamy yogurt and crisp cilantro. Get the recipe here.

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JBF Joins Dine Out Irene Fundraiser

Dine Out IreneWhile New York City was largely spared from Hurricane Irene's wrath, upstate New York didn't fare so well, with many of the region's farms getting hammered with extensive flooding and damage to crops. During a recent walk through the Union Square farmers' market, which is only a few blocks away from our publications offices, we noticed that a few regular vendors were absent, and we later learned that they were still recovering from the storm's devastation. To lend these farmers a helping hand, dozens of the city's restaurants are contributing to Dine Out Irene, a fundraiser that will benefit New York-area farms impacted by Irene. Participating eateries will donate up to 10 percent of sales rung up on Sunday, September 25. Diners can see the growing list of restaurants here. The James Beard Foundation will give a percentage of the proceeds

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August's Best Recipes

Fried Peaches with Cinnamon Ice CreamNicholas Farina's fried peaches with cinnamon ice cream

Here are our recipe tester’s favorite recipes from the past month:

Warm Sheep's Milk Feta with Apricot Tapenade If you can find it, use sheep's milk feta cheese in this unique starter from Israeli chef Erez Komarovsky. Its sweetness provides a strong foil to the puckery tartness of the roasted and dried apricots. Summer Ratatouille Bruschetta with Pecorino Yankee Stadium chef Kevin Harry rounds up the fleeting flavors of summer in this delicious recipe for classic bruschetta.

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Renovating the James Beard House Garden

James Beard House garden While summer in New York tends to encourage some kicking back, here at the James Beard Foundation we were rolling up our sleeves and getting to work on the renovation of our backyard garden. Beard House guests love to savor a cocktail and canapés in this intimate outdoor area during event receptions in the warmer months, so preserving its charming and cozy feel—including the beloved pig statue and bust of Beard that belonged to him—while also taking care of some much needed repairs and replanting, was our goal. Under the direction of the editors of Garden Design magazine, Paul Keyes of Paul Keyes Associates, and our manager of house operations and house events, Victoria Jordan, the garden slowly bloomed into a lush, efficiently redesigned space over the course of six weeks. Bluestone tiles were torn up and replac

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