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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Eat this Word: Cherimoya

WHAT? Apple of their eye. In Uncommon Fruits and Vegetables, Elizabeth Schneider describes this knobby, gray-green fruit as "stunning," and writes that it tastes "heavenly." Mark Twain was also a fan. Upon trying the sweet, delicately flavored fruit, he pronounced it "deliciousness itself." The cherimoya originated in the Caribbean, and was conveyed around the world by Spanish and Portuguese colonists. Its leaves, roots, and seeds have long been used in traditional medicine as a cure-all for any number of ailments from diarrhea and itchy skin to fainting spells and rheumatism; it was also used to repel lice. We prefer to eat it. The flesh is white, pulpy, and slightly granular, and its taste has been likened to pineapple, banana, papaya, vanilla, and custard. In fact, cherimoya also goes by the name custard apple, as do several other closely related tropical fruits

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Awards Watch: Nominees Revealed!

In case you weren't following us on Twitter this morning, here are the JBF Awards nominees—including chefs, restaurants, cookbooks, and journalism—all in a plain old-fashioned PDF. We're only six weeks out from the big event (see more details about the ceremony and reception here), so you've got plenty of time to make your predictions and place some bets. (Hopefully you'll fare a tad better than you have in March Madness.)

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Eye Candy: Peeping Tom

Tom Colicchio keeps a watchful eye over the Beard House kitchen as chefs from his various restaurants prepare a tasting menu for diners. Click here to see more photos of our celebration of the Colicchio empire.

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On the Menu: March 21 through March 27

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, March 21, 3:00 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit A once-in-a-lifetime gathering of New Orleans chefs. This walk-around tasting is a benefit for the James Beard Foundation, America's preeminent culinary Foundation. Monday, March 22, 7:00 P.M. Team Vermont Writing about Vermont’s culinary renaissance in the New York Times, Mark Bittman raved that the state’s new locavore cuisine “can hold its own anywhere in the world.” Join us as the chefs at the forefront of this gastronomic movement treat Beard House diners to a taste of the G

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