Test Your Eat-Q: Frozen Desserts

Ice cream Summer officially arrived on Sunday, and we welcome the hot weather as an excuse to gorge on ice cream, sorbet, gelato... We can feel the brain freeze setting in already. Before you're seduced by the chirpy tune of a passing ice cream truck, take a stab at this question: Which of these educational programs is based in St. Louis, Missouri?
A. The Frozen Dessert Institute B. The Ice Cream Academy C. The College of Custard D. The Institute for Ice Cream
Find out if you guessed correctly and learn some other trivia about frozen treats.

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Eat this Word: S'mores

S'moreWHAT? Treats we can't get enough of. Classically, s'mores are made from Graham crackers, Hershey bars, and store-bought marshmallows. They are the darlings of Girl Scouts and campers everywhere. The name, of course, derives from eager campers asking for "some more." Over the course of the last decade, the snack has gotten the gourmet treatment at upscale restaurants like the French Laundry. A recipe from 27 Standard (now closed), posted on Epicurious.com, instructs cooks to make their own Graham crackers, marshmallows, malt sauce, and frozen cocoa mousse. Whew! Who has the energy to sing around the campfire after whipping that up? In contrast, a recipe in the 1927 Girl Scout handbook had just three ingredients, and the chocolate of choice in our summer camp days was Hershey's milk chocolate bars. Then there's the Luna™ S'mores bar, made of soy nuggets, brown rice syrup, and decaffeinated green tea extract. That version would probably please 19th-century diet reformer Sylvester G

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Spring Pea Soup

A crew member tops shot glasses of spring pea soup with jamón ibérico froth during a dinner prepared by Mitchell Altholz of Highlawn Pavilion and the Manor in New Jersey.

June 1, 2009, The Beard House, NYC

(Photo by Bobbi Lin)

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On the Menu: June 21 to June 27

Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week: 1beardhouse03amitzimorris1 Monday, June 22, 7:00 P.M. Artisanal European Wine Dinner Not long ago Shin Thompson and friends began hosting an underground dining club out of their tiny Chicago apartments; within a couple of years they had opened a restaurant. Today Bonsoirée thrills diners with carefully composed tasting menus, all of which feature chef Thompson’s imaginative French cuisine presented with Japanese precision. Tuesday, June 23, 7:00 P.M. Chefs of Steel At the D.C. area’s acclaimed 2941 restaurant, chefs Jonathan Krinn and Jon Mathieson won awards and accolades for their creative modern American cuisine. Now, as co-chefs of Inox (French for

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Eat this Word: Marcona Almonds

marcona almondsWHAT? Sovereign nut. Prized around the world, Marcona almonds are round, flat, and tan, and the trees on which they grow require tender, loving care. Marconas, which come from Spain, are typically eaten peeled, fried in olive oil, and salted. Spanish cuisine may have more uses for almonds than any other cuisine in the world. Although we once read that almonds "exert a relaxing effect and enhance intellectual activity," we suspect the real reason the Spanish eat so many of them is simpler—taste these. It's no wonder they have been called the "queen of almonds." WHERE? Jonathan Krinn and Jon Mathieson's Beard House dinner WHEN? June 23, 2009

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Tastebud: Introducing the Sudachi

Looking to put some pep on your plate? Consider the zesty sudachi, a prized Japanese citrus that remains largely unknown to American diners. Despite its humble size—its average weight hovers between one and one and a half ounces—a sudachi packs more zippy flavor than lemons or limes. The perfume of its skin fades as the fruit matures, so growers harvest the sudachi when still green and unripe. Japanese chefs use it to garnish sashimi and season grilled fish, soups, and hot pot dishes. Sudachi trees thrive in the warm, gentle climate of Tokushima, a prefecture on the southern coast of Japan, where they are a cheap commodity. But throughout the rest of the country sudachi are considered a delicacy and fetch sky-high prices. Beyond Japan’s borders, the fruit is rarely seen.

Fortunately, chefs who cooked at the Beard House this spring gave diners a taste without asking to see a passport: Asiate’s Brandon Kida served sudachi granita, while David Myers and Noriyuki Sugie paired sudachi with fluke sashimi. And next Monday, Shin Thompson of Chicago’s Boinsoirée will serve the citrus with sea beans, pickled radishes, duck skin, cucumber... Read more >

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Recipe: James Beard's Steak Pizzaiola

SteakThis saucy, savory steak is sure to impress your friends at your next weekend barbecue. In James Beard's Treasury of Outdoor Cooking, Beard suggests serving this grilled steak (which is then quickly simmered in a garlicky tomato sauce) with a side of buttered noodles (to soak up the sauce), a mixed salad with garlic croutons, and a bottle of Valpolicella.

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Recipe: James Beard's Steak Pizzaiola

SteakThis saucy, savory steak is sure to impress your friends at your next weekend barbecue. In James Beard's Treasury of Outdoor Cooking, Beard suggests serving this grilled steak (which is then quickly simmered in a garlicky tomato sauce) with a side of buttered noodles (to soak up the sauce), a mixed salad with garlic croutons, and a bottle of Valpolicella.

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Wild Alaskan Coho Salmon Burger

A wild Alaskan coho salmon burger, part of the seafood-driven dinner prepared by Ben Pollinger and Jansen Chen of Oceana in New York.

June 10, 2009, The Beard House, NYC

(Photo by Geoff Mottram)

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Q & A: Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang PuckHe's opened countless restaurants, hosted one the earliest Food Network programs, and prepared the maiden Beard House benefit dinner in 1987. See what Wolfgang Puck—one of the first inductees into our Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America—has to say about his upcoming projects, America's "food revolution," and his mother's Wienerschnitzel.

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