JBF News: Media Awards Deadline Approaching

medallion Along with tipping our toques to chefs and cookbook authors, the JBF Awards also spotlight outstanding journalists who help us keep up with the tastes, trends, and people that make up our expansive and dynamic culinary universe (to see last year's medalling media, click here). The deadline for 2010 JBF Media Awards submissions is this Thursday, January 7, so you have a few more days to send us articles, webcasts, reviews, and other content. You can find the entry forms here.

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Recipe: Slow-Baked Halibut with Cauliflower and Sicilian Pistachios

halibutA trio of pistachios, cauliflower, and sherry vinaigrette outfits this dressed-up halibut dish, which appeared on Jason Giordano's Beard House menu last month. It's delicious, healthy, and perfect for when you're feeling a bit ambitious in the kitchen on a weeknight.

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On the Menu: Next Year in Food

Next Year in FoodTwo weeks ago we gave you our dining predictions for 2010—now it's time to hear from the real experts. We contacted chefs and restaurateurs like Drew Nieporent, Nancy Silverton, and Tony Mantuano to hear what they think is in store for the industry next year. Click here to find out what they told us.

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Recipe: Blini with Caviar

Blini with cavair Consider this classic, decadent hors d'oeuvre for your New Year's Eve party. From the pages of James Beard's New Fish Cookery, the blini are a cinch to prepare, and the gleaming caviar provides the perfect celebratory note. A clean Champagne or vodka helps it all go down.

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Eat-Q: New Year's Traditions

Champagne Bubbly, oysters, caviar: these are the old standbys we love to eat as the clock ticks down to midnight. But what about revelers in other countries and time zones? We put together a little quiz to test how much you know about New Year's Eve food customs in other cultures. Give it a shot here.

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On the Menu: December 27 to January 2

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: Tuesday, December 29, 7:00 P.M. Food of Maine, Wine of Paso Robles Regarded as one of Maine’s loveliest seaside destinations, the Union Bluff Hotel gets especially high marks for the critically acclaimed, Maine-inspired cuisine of chef Karl Mace. Join him at the Beard House for a Down East feast paired with the seductive wines of Four Vines Winery. Thursday, December 31, 9:00 P.M. New Year’s Eve Celebration Make a resolution to ring in 2010 at the Beard House’s annual New Year’s Eve gala dinner. Attendees will be treated to ever-flowing wines and Champagne and an extravagant farm-to-table menu prepared by Sarah Langan of the New England Culinary Institute’s Main Street Grill & Bar.

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Eye Candy: Seasons of Québec

Cranberry granité For an interlude between braised veal cheeks and goat cheese crème brûlée, Judith Laflamme served a crisp intermezzo of tea–infused cranberry granité doused with Champagne. Take a look at more photos of the chef's contemporary Québécois dinner. (Photo by Tom Kirkman)

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Recipe: Chocolate "Salami"

chocolate "salami"When we saw a recipe for Karl Mace and Nick Gough's chocolate "salami" pop into our inboxes a couple weeks ago, we were a bit skeptical. Turns out the Maine chefs had created a rich, complex, and fruity chocolate fudge, and when our recipe tester brought it in for us to taste, it quickly vanished from the kitchen. We think this is a great treat to put out for your family to nibble on during Christmas Day.

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