In Season: Pumpkins

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Pumpkins have a bit of a typecasting problem. Though they loom large in America’s cultural consciousness each fall, their starring turns are limited to appearances as jack o’ lanterns on Halloween and in pumpkin pies on Thanksgiving. But pumpkins have so much more to offer: sliced and roasted, they’re a sweet foil for rich, savory dishes such as the Afghani dish kaddo bourani, which pairs caramelized pumpkin with spicy ground beef. When baked and mashed, pumpkin purée can be thrown into quick breads, pancakes, and desserts that in no way resemble pie, like the chocolate cake featured below. How to Choose and Store: Small pie or sugar pumpkins are best for cooking. One five-pound pumpkin will yield about 4 ½ cups of purée. Uncut, uncured pumpkins will keep for a couple of months in a cool, dry place. Cooked pumpkin will last about five days in the refrigerator or up to six months in the freezer. How to Cook:

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Now that's Italian! The JBF Gala & Auction in Photos

Here are some photos of the fabulous food, chefs, and guests at last night's gala dinner and auction at Guastavino's in New York City. We'll be adding more photos to our Facebook page soon! (Click on thumbnails for larger images. Photos by Ken Goodman, Mark Von Holden, and Mira Zaki.) [gallery orderby="ID"]

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Recipe: French Onion and Mushroom Soup with Bourbon and Swiss Cheese

French Onion and Mushroom Soup with Bourbon and Swiss Cheese

At first glance, chef J. J. Kingery's version of French onion soup appears to be run-of-the-mill bistro fare. But there are some surprises lurking underneath that crunchy and golden blanket of cheese, like earthy mushrooms that have been cooked in sherry, as well as a generous splash of bourbon. Get the recipe here.

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October's Best Recipes

Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans
 

Crab Carbonara with Meyer Lemon, Black Pepper, and Parsley Meyer lemon gives some extra vibrancy to this beloved dish of pasta tangled with crab and bacon. Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans You can never have too many variations on this indispensable fall soup in your recipe box. Substitute apples for the pears if you have a lot on hand.

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Greenhouse Gallery: Terra Cibus

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After a decade of capturing mostly recognizable images of food, Caren Alpert has taken an interest in photographs taken with electron microscopes, like the magnified image of cake sprinkles shown here. Alpert explains that the medium deconstructs, abstracts, and reveals the ordinary in a riveting way, and is taken with their mystery and simultaneous familiarity. She hopes that her work will transform our collective food obsession into a newfound closeness with what nourishes us. Her latest show, Terra Cibus, is now on display in the James Beard House's Greenhouse Gallery through December.

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Market Haul: October 31

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This week’s haul is a cornucopia of greens: broccoli, broccoli rabe, escarole, collards. To avoid getting overwhelmed, it’s never a bad idea to wash and blanch your greens all at once so they’re ready to go throughout the week. For those of you haven’t tried Japanese salad turnips, they’re sweet and juicy and absolutely delicious eaten raw in salads or quickly braised, as in the recipe below. Eat their tops as you would any greens—we’re partial to a simple sauté with olive oil and garlic.

The Haul: Sweet potatoes, broccoli rabe, escarole, salad turnips, collard greens, broccoli, and Mutsu and Cameo apples

The Menu Ideas:

Parmesan-Roasted Broccoli [Barefoot Contessa]
The recipe that will co

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Recipe: Apple Brown Betty with Maple–Bacon Frozen Custard

Apple Brown Betty with Maple-Bacon Frozen Custard

Chef Tory Miller's irresistible recipe for apple Brown Betty, a cobbler-like dessert that dates back to Colonial times, is inspired by a popular New England twist on apple pie: he mixes shredded sharp cheddar cheese into the crumbly topping before baking. A Madison-based chef who's committed to sourcing as many of his ingredients from Wisconsin as he can, Miller uses a 15-year-old cheddar from Hook's Cheese Company. You can purchase their cheeses online or substitute any premium local cheddar cheese. Get the recipe here.

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