Recipe: Café Brûlot

Imagine starting your Monday with a cup of coffee like this: scented with citrus and cinnamon, spiked with liqueur, and... set on fire! While we don't recommend that you actually try making this popular New Orleans drink after rolling out of bed, we do think it would make for a eye-popping dinner party finale.

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On the Menu: March 28 through April 3

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, March 28, 6:00 P.M. Sunday Supper at Chelsea Market Lined with grocers and charming eateries, Chelsea Market is New York’s one-stop shop for every gourmand’s needs. Back by popular demand, this convivial Friends of James Beard Benefit will feature a diverse group of talented chefs who will gather under its roof to prepare the ultimate family-style meal. Wednesday, March 31, 7:00 P.M. Kentucky Bluegrass Chefs When you bring six of Kentucky’s top chefs and some of the best handmade bourbon money can buy up to the Beard House, the upshot is bound t

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Recipe: Hen of the Woods and Maine Lobster with Parsnips and Cider Brown Butter

For the second part of this week's lobster double header (click here for yesterday's lobster alhinho recipe), we bring you a dish from chef Eric Warnstedt: Maine lobster matched with hen of the woods mushrooms and cider brown butter. Make it this Sunday and put a little luxury in your weekend.

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Eat this Word: Lapsang Souchong

WHAT? Smoky sipper. Enjoyed a cup of lapsang souchong with your afternoon cookie lately? If you’re like most Americans, the chances are slim. Lapsang souchong is a strong black tea with an assertive smoky flavor that has been likened to the taste of single-malt Scotch whiskey and cigars. Real lapsang souchong hails from Mount Wuyi in the Fujian province of China and is quite rare, but the name is often applied to black and oolong tea leaves of indiscriminate origin that have been treated with smoldering pinewood ash. According to legend, the smoking process was discovered by accident in a small village during the Qing dynasty when a group of soldiers took over a tea factory filled with fresh, unprocessed leaves. By the time the townspeople were able to get back into the factory, they didn’t have enough time to dry the leaves before market day, so they used pinewood fires to speed

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Recipe: Lobster Alhinho

At the critically acclaimed Aldea, George Mendes serves refined interpretations of the traditional Portuguese dishes that graced his family’s dinner table. One of our favorite upgrades is the garlic and paprika–loaded shrimp alhinho. We asked Mendes for the recipe, and he was kind enough to share this decadent lobster and artichoke version. Hopefully it will earn a spot in your dinner rotation, too.

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Bottom Chef?

Even after they’ve been exiled from Hell’s Kitchen, asked to pack their knives and go, or simply chopped, chefs who’ve appeared on TV’s reality cooking shows—and lost—are often just as popular as those who have won. We spoke with former cooking competition contestants to find out how their moment in the spotlight, however fleeting, impacted their careers. See what they had to say here.

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Recipe: Salmon with Papaya Salad, Crispy Salmon Skin, and Nuoc Nam Sauce

Though spring is officially here, it may be awhile before the weather completely catches up with the calendar. Take a seasonal leap in the kitchen with this cuisine-spanning salmon dish, which features punchy papaya salad, panisse (a lightly fried chickpea flour cake from France’s Nice region), and nuoc nam (a pungent fish sauce used throughout Vietnam).

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