Recipe: Zuccotto

BerriesThis mixed berry charlotte from chef Tony Liu of Morandi is the perfect dessert for a small summery dinner party. Although the presentation, with alternating blackberry- and raspberry-dipped lady fingers, looks dramatic, this recipe is actually deceptively simple.

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Eye Candy: Beard House

Endive with octopus Roasted octopus with capers, smoked paprika, and endive, an hors d'oeuvre prepared by Joel Harloff at a dinner celebrating Hall Wines of Napa Valley. June 8, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Michael Johnston)

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Eat this Word: Boiled Peanuts

Boiled PeanutsWHAT? Dixie Dorito. With their quirky Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, Matt and Ted Lee brought this Deep South treat to the attention of New Yorkers about a decade ago. The Lee Bros. catalogue, which can be found online at www.boiledpeanuts.com, offers lots of tips about the snack, not to mention an “I brake for boiled peanuts” T-shirt. Their peanuts, the siblings promise, “are guaranteed to turn any party into a cultural event.” To make the snack, raw unshelled peanuts (either fresh “green” or dry) are boiled in salted water for as much as two hours. The resulting snack is closer to edamame than to roasted peanuts, and, like edamame, is eaten by popping open the shell and slurping the peanut and salty brine. In many parts of the south, boiled peanuts are sold as a roadside snack. In Hoppin’ John’s Lowcountry Cooking, Southern food expert John Martin Taylor wrote, “No one knows the origin of our singular treat, but to tho

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MemorEATS: Keith Luce

"We had wild asparagus growing on our family farm in Long Island, and I used to go hunting for it with my grandmother in the late spring. She was from the South and believed first and foremost in natural ingredients and freshness. She would always say, “Sugar, we need to start the water boiling before we come home with the asparagus. If we have to wait for it to boil, it won’t be fresh enough.'" –JBF Award Winner Keith Luce

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Recipe: Hugo’s Texas BBQ Shrimp with Maytag Blue Cheese Slaw

ShrimpThis dish, from Michael and Wendy Jordan of Rosemary’s Restaurant in Las Vegas, is an old New Orleans recipe, named for the spicy, smoky nature of the sauce. The Jordans consider this version, served with blue cheese cole slaw, a signature dish. They make their own mayonnaise for the slaw; we saved ourselves a step and used a good store-bought brand, Hellmann’s, to which we added Maytag blue cheese.

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Food Matters: How Beard Put Oregon on the Map

James BeardProduced by Oregon Public Broadcasting, A Cuisine of Our Own examines the life of James Beard and his impact on cooking in his native Portland, Oregon, and the rest of America. Championing fresh, quality ingredients in the heyday of TV dinners, Beard laid the foundations for today's farm-to-table movement. Featuring interviews with Pacific Northwest–based historians, food writers, and chefs, this documentary proves that the spirit of the dean of American cookery is alive and well in Portland, where the community continues to embrace his approach to local, seasonal cuisine. Watch the full video online here.

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Eye Candy: Beard House

WingsJoshua Thomas's sticky tamarind–glazed chicken wings, one of the many foods served at a special cocktail party honoring the Stonewall Riots and New York's Gay Pride Week. June 27, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Philip Gross)

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On the Menu: July 5 to July 12

Kitchen Here’s what happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Thursday, July 9, 7:00 P.M. Georgia Peach JBF Award nominee Hugh Acheson made a name for himself with his genre-bending, Southern-inspired food at Georgia’s highly praised Five and Ten restaurant. Now also a partner at the National, Acheson and chef Peter Dale have created this elegant and intriguing homage to their state’s favorite fruit. Saturday, July 11, and Sunday, July 12 Legends of Wine IV Hosted by chef Ken Frank of La Toque at the Westin Verasa in Napa, this special weekend celebration will honor one of the most respected winemaking families in the world—the Barrett Family of the acclaimed Chateau Montelena. For details and reservations, visit

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