Recipe: Sweet Potato Latkes

sweet potato latkes Though we've never met a person who didn't like latkes, this version could convert even the staunchest holdout. With their deep orange color and addictive, sweet-and-savory crunch, sweet potato pancakes just might give your grandmother's recipe a run for its gelt.

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On the Menu: December 6 to December 12

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, December 6, 6:00 P.M. 8th Annual Greens Holiday Party Join the James Beard Foundation Greens as we celebrate the holidays with great food and drink at the 8th Annual JBF Greens Holiday Party at the historic James Beard House. Don't miss this chance to explore our muse's home and sample culinary delights from some of the city's most exciting chefs. Master mixologist Michael Waterhouse will create delectable holiday cocktails using Bison Grass Vodka and Bull Dog Gin and a selection of fine wines from Palm Bay Imports and Stella Artois beers will also be served to keep everyone in good spirits. Monday, December 7, 6:30 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit: Milkwaukee

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Tastebud: Let Them Eat Brioche!

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Once a symbol of luxury, brioche is a classic, egg and butter–enriched French bread that is traditionally baked in a circular, fluted pan. Crowned with a smaller globe of dough, it becomes brioche à tête. The richness of brioche stands up to intensely savory foods like foie gras and also works well in decadent desserts. Shortly before the French Revolution, shortages of plain bread were common in poor communities. To curb starvation (and prevent uprisings), the law required that fancier breads like brioche had to be sold at a lower, regulated price. The expression “Let them eat cake,” frequently misattributed to Marie Antoinette, actually stems from this 18th-century mandate.

Brioche is no longer inciting revolution, but it is showing up on many plates at the Beard House. In fact, Michael Giletto will serve it twice, placing fennel aspic on slices of caramel brioche with fried salsify and

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Recipe: Sonny's Special Potato Latkes

potato latkes Hannukah starts next week, which means it's time to get out your grater and cast-iron pans and start frying up some latkes. We think this is the recipe to beat, the one that took JBF vice president Mitchell Davis "to the top of the latke world," as he wrote in his 2002 book, The Mensch Chef. In 1995, Davis won the Foundation's latke cook-off with this version, which uses his mother's formula of one onion for every two potatoes.

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Recipe: Sonny's Special Potato Latkes

potato latkes Hannukah starts next week, which means it's time to get out your grater and cast-iron pans and start frying up some latkes. We think this is the recipe to beat, the one that took JBF vice president Mitchell Davis "to the top of the latke world," as he wrote in his 2002 book, The Mensch Chef. In 1995, Davis won the Foundation's latke cook-off with this version, which uses his mother's formula of one onion for every two potatoes.

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Eye Candy: Beard House

carrots A variety of heirloom carrots soak up a generous dollop of butter in the Beard House kitchen. Take a look at more photos from the dinner prepared by Mark Porcaro, Jason Banusiewicz, and Tak Kuen "Tommy" Choi of Boston's Top of the Hub. (Photo by Lisa Ozag)

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Jobs We Love: Moira Campbell

Moira CampbellMoira Campbell's culinary walking tours, Rum & Blackbird, only launched a few months ago, but she's already making new strides: guest tour leaders, such as chef Anita Lo, will soon be joining Moira on the streets of Hell's Kitchen, answering questions and offering greater insight into the foods that guests taste over the course of the three-hour itinerary. Click here to see how Moira keeps every aspect of the business on track, even though there aren't enough hours in the day.

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On the Menu: 8th Annual Greens Holiday Party

ornaments It's never too early to get your holiday cheer on, especially if fantastic food and cocktails are involved! Come help us kick off the season at the 8th annual Greens Holiday Party. Even if your inner Grinch is recoiling, we're sure the menu below will make you have a change of heart. The festivities start at 6:00 P.M. sharp on Sunday, December 6, at the historic James Beard House. Call 212.627.2308 to reserve. Cocktails by Michael Waterhouse of Dylan Prime and Drink Tank Ltd., NYC Bull Dog Cinnamon Pear > Bull Dog Gin, Maple Syrup, Fresh Pear, Cinnamon, and Lemon Pepper Bull > Bison Grass Vodka, Apple Cider, and Freshly Ground Black Pepper Rhubarb Sparkle > Aperol, Rhubarb Bitters, and Cinzano Sparkling Wine Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, and Leffe Blonde Twin Vines Vinho Verde 2008 Periquita 2006

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