Recipe: Lobster Cappuccino

lobster cappuccino Covered in foamed milk and crispy pancetta, this roux-thickened lobster soup is fairly easy to prepare and great for a celebration. If you don't have an espresso machine with a wand for frothing, you can use a spoonful of unsweetened cream in place of the milk.

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Eye Candy: Ringing in the New Year at the Beard House

New Year's Eve Sarah Langan, instructor at the New England Culinary Institute, places housemade crackers on cheese plates, which featured Vermont Butter and Cheese Company Coupole, Jasper Hill Farm Bayley Hazen Blue, and fresh cheeses made by NECI students. Click here to see more photos from our New Year's Eve dinner. (Photo by Tom Kirkman)

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Recipe: Icewine Marshmallows

icewine marshmallows Our readers gushed about s'mores after we wrote about them last summer, so when Jason Parsons sent us his recipe for icewine marshmallows, we believed it was our duty to give them a try. Chef Parsons ingeniously boils down sweet icewine to produce the necessary simple syrup (a step for which a candy thermometer is absolutely essential). Try them as an unexpected hot chocolate topping or mignardise.

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Eye Candy: Bone Marrow Flan

Bone marrow flan A chef removes foil wrappings from roasted bones for the first course of the Benchmark Holiday Dinner held on December 17. The marrow was puréed, incorporated into a base of eggs and cream, and poured back into the bones to create a savory flan. See more photos from the multi-chef dinner here. (Photo by Eileen Miller)

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Recipe: Duck Confit Pot Pie

duck confit pot pie We're charmed by Dallas chef Scott Gottlich's witty take on pot pie. Served in a lidded pastry shell, his version of this creamy wintertime favorite gets a boost of richness from foie gras béchamel and duck confit.

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Food Matters: What We Loved in 2009

As we resolve to eat less and exercise more at the start of this new year, we can't help but think of some of the delicious stand-outs we enjoyed in 2009. (Does dreaming burn calories?) Even in such an unsettling year for the industry, there was no shortage of fantastic food. Below are the dishes that left us satisfied, smiling, or even speechless. We can't wait to taste what's in store for 2010.


Sun Gold tomatoes with parsley and olive oil panna cotta / Hugo’s, Portland, ME
JBF Award Winner Rob Evans once worked at the French Laundry, and he masters its philosophy in this sublime appetizer: tasteful creativity paired with ingredients in their prime.


Crispy pig's ear salad with tarbais beans, chicory, tomato confit, truffle vinaigrette, and poached quail egg / Pig and Pinot Feast, James Beard House

2009 may have been an errant year for Ryan Skeen, but memories of his superb Beard House dinner have us... Read more >

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