These rose petal–flecked cookies
have a wonderful crumbly texture and a delicate sweet, floral flavor. Chef Shuna Lydon says, “Shortbread keeps for two weeks in a tightly sealed container lined with parchment paper, at room temperature. But I prefer to eat mine fresh from the oven, warm, with strong black milky tea.”
If you’re staying in this Valentine’s Day, what could be better than a delicious, aromatic roast chicken for two? We asked Mindy Fox, author of A Bird in the Oven and Then Some, for tips to make sure you and your lovebird enjoy a meal to remember.
1. Start with a good bird
A great roast chicken starts with a great bird. Look for organic, grass-fed, antibiotic-free chickens from local farmers or family-farm brands like Murray’s, in Pennsylvania.
2. Rinse and dry the bird
To ensure a crispy bird, rinse the chicken in cold water, then use paper
towels to thoroughly dry all over, including inside the cavity.
3. Use good sea salt
The next step in achieving beautifully crisp skin is to season generously with a good-quality, flaky sea salt like Big Tree Farms Coarse Hollow Pyramid Salt, or Maldon.
4. Get out your cast iron
A good basic pan makes the best... Read more >
Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week:
Tuesday, February 8, 7:00 P.M.
Elegant Vineyard Getaway
Located amid rolling hills that evoke Italy’s Piedmont region, Palladio at Barboursville Vineyards has been referred to by food writer John Mariani as “one of the finest and most authentic Italian restaurants in the United States.” Chef Melissa Close Hart’s extraordinary cuisine pairs beautifully with the wines produced at the vineyard by winemaker Luca Paschina.
Wednesday, February 9, 12:00 noon
Beard on Books
In Appetite for America: How Visionary Businessman Fred Harvey Built a Railroad Hospitality Empire That Civilized the Wild West
Stephen Fried traces United-States history through the development of Fred Harvey'
With another 44 days of winter to go (yes, we're counting), we're on the hunt for recipes that sustain our appreciation for the season's meager offerings. This is one of them. For this easy soup
from the Wright's Rodolfo Contreras, butternut squash gets gussied up in truffle honey, crème fraîche, and pumpkin seed oil–infused cream.
Valentine's Day is upon us and everywhere you look it's chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Think you know all there is to know about everyone's favorite February treat? Here's your chance to find out:
How many Hershey Kisses are manufactured on an average day at the Hershey Chocolate factory in Hershey, Pennsylvania?
A. 12 million
B. 33 million
C. 50 million
D. 80 million
Get the answer and take the rest of our Eat-Q quiz here
Brad Farmerie has been wowing us for years, from his innovative antipodal cuisine at Public to his recent victory at New York City's Cochon 555. For tomorrow's Beard House dinner, he and his Double Crown team will celebrate the Chinese New Year with a feast of reimagined and refined Asian street food. Check out the menu below (and view the official event page here
Abundance > Prawn Toasts with Chile Sambal
Fortune > Quail San Choi Bao
Luck > Mandarin Oranges with Minced Pork and Prawn Paste
Wealth > Slow-Braised Duck Spring Rolls with Double Crown XO Sauce
Pairings: Clover Hill Brut 2003; Plymouth Gin and Seasonal Jam Cocktails
For the Table > Sichuan-Pickled Cucumbers and Black Shiitakes; Coconut Brioche with Black Sesame Seeds; Chile–Scallion Buns; and Soy–Mushroom Butter