Greenhouse Gallery: Terra Cibus


After a decade of capturing mostly recognizable images of food, Caren Alpert has taken an interest in photographs taken with electron microscopes, like the magnified image of cake sprinkles shown here. Alpert explains that the medium deconstructs, abstracts, and reveals the ordinary in a riveting way, and is taken with their mystery and simultaneous familiarity. She hopes that her work will transform our collective food obsession into a newfound closeness with what nourishes us. Her latest show, Terra Cibus, is now on display in the James Beard House's Greenhouse Gallery through December.

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Market Haul: October 31

market haul

This week’s haul is a cornucopia of greens: broccoli, broccoli rabe, escarole, collards. To avoid getting overwhelmed, it’s never a bad idea to wash and blanch your greens all at once so they’re ready to go throughout the week. For those of you haven’t tried Japanese salad turnips, they’re sweet and juicy and absolutely delicious eaten raw in salads or quickly braised, as in the recipe below. Eat their tops as you would any greens—we’re partial to a simple sauté with olive oil and garlic.

The Haul: Sweet potatoes, broccoli rabe, escarole, salad turnips, collard greens, broccoli, and Mutsu and Cameo apples

The Menu Ideas:

Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli [Barefoot Contessa]
The recipe that will co

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Recipe: Apple Brown Betty with Maple–Bacon Frozen Custard

Apple Brown Betty with Maple-Bacon Frozen Custard

Chef Tory Miller's irresistible recipe for apple Brown Betty, a cobbler-like dessert that dates back to Colonial times, is inspired by a popular New England twist on apple pie: he mixes shredded sharp cheddar cheese into the crumbly topping before baking. A Madison-based chef who's committed to sourcing as many of his ingredients from Wisconsin as he can, Miller uses a 15-year-old cheddar from Hook's Cheese Company. You can purchase their cheeses online or substitute any premium local cheddar cheese. Get the recipe here.

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On the Menu: October 31 through November 7

On the Menu In addition to a few dinners celebrating the fall season, this week also brings our annual Gala Dinner and Auction! Tuesday, November 1, 7:00 P.M. Dia de los Muertos Fiesta Although it’s called the Day of the Dead, this colorful Mexican holiday is anything but somber. Come celebrate at the Beard House with a vibrant array of traditional and modern Mexican cuisine, prepared by seven talented chefs famous for their innovative flair. Wednesday, November 2, 6:30 P.M. Now that's Italian! Annual Gala Mamma mia! This year our Gala Dinner and Auction will celebrate the unique contributions of American chefs to Italian cuisine and vice versa. Dinner will be prepared by multiple James Beard Award–winning chefs Mario Batali, Nancy Silverton, Marc Vetri, and Mi

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Recipe Roundup: October 28, 2011


The blogosphere’s sprawling universe of recipes is inspiring, diverse, and—let’s face it—a bit daunting. Our 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!

Pumpkin-Shaped Cheddar Crackers [SE]
Use a biscuit cutter and a paring knife to turn these flaky, cheddar crackers into little pumpkins. 

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups [G

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Recipe Roundup: Wild Mushrooms


Though it can be next to impossible to get a wild mushroom forager to share his secret patch, it's never hard to find a recipe that puts the flavorful funghi to good use. Here are a few of our favorites. Soufflé Crêpes with Wild Mushrooms and Crescenza Cheese Golden crêpes are filled with earthy sautéed mushrooms and a savory pastry cream made with soft-ripened Crescenza cheese. Wild Mushroom Grits with Low Country Oyster Stew Use freshly shucked oysters in this classic Southern stew, which is served over creamy wild mushroom grits. Wild Mushroom and Ro

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