Eye Candy: Beard House

Almond Shortbread with Vanilla Mascarpone and Cherry Compote

Anne Burrell's almond shortbread with vanilla mascarpone and cherry compote—the finale to a menu prepared by the team at Centro Vinoteca. May 20, 2008, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Joan Garvin)

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Recipe: Roasted Colorado Rack of Lamb with Spring Pea Sauté and Pea Emulsion

Kelly Liken's lamb

The various greens of spring—peas, mint, and fava beans—are now coloring every corner of farmers' markets nationwide; this recipe for roasted Colorado rack of lamb unifies them in a bright, elegant emulsion. It comes from Kelly Liken of Restaurant Liken in Vail, CO.

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A Voce Pasta

Taleggio-filled handmade pasta with peas and speck, part of Missy Robbins's ingredient-driven Italian dinner.

April 22, 2009, The Beard House, NYC (Photo by Geoff Mottram)

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At the Beard House: May 24 to May 30

Here’s what happening at the Beard House next week:

kitchen1aeileenmiller Wednesday, May 27, 7:00 p.m. Vérité Wine Collection Dominic Zumpano, Umami Moto, Milwaukee Thursday, May 28, 7:00 p.m. 10th Anniversary Celebration Special Guest JBF Award Winner Marc Vetri / Brad Spence, Vetri, Philadelphia Friday, May 29, 6:30 p.m. Beard on Film Harry Hawk, Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City, NY, and South Street Seaport, NYC / Festival Co-director George Motz, Brooklyn, NY / Festival Mixologist Marshall Altier, 2009 NYC Food Film Festival, NYC For details and reservations, visit... Read more >

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Recipe: James Beard's Huckleberry Cake

HuckleberriesAn Oregon native, James Beard was fond of the many types of wild berries that dot the Pacific Northwestern landscape. In Delights and Prejudices he recounts the springtime berry-picking excursions he took as a child with his family, searching for fruits to use in baked goods and jams. The holy grail of these outings was the huckleberry, which typically grows on mountain slopes and is difficult to reach. When the Beards had the good fortune to stumble upon an elusive patch, they gathered huckleberries to put in pies, clafoutis, or this simple but fantastic cake, a recipe from a family friend. Huckleberry cultivation is rare, so you usually won't see them at grocery stores or farmers' markets. Blueberries, which are similar in flavor and will be available soon, are an excellent substitute.

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Recipe: James Beard's Huckleberry Cake

HuckleberriesAn Oregon native, James Beard was fond of the many types of wild berries that dot the Pacific Northwestern landscape. In Delights and Prejudices he recounts the springtime berry-picking excursions he took as a child with his family, searching for fruits to use in baked goods and jams. The holy grail of these outings was the huckleberry, which typically grows on mountain slopes and is difficult to reach. When the Beards had the good fortune to stumble upon an elusive patch, they gathered huckleberries to put in pies, clafoutis, or this simple but fantastic cake, a recipe from a family friend. Huckleberry cultivation is rare, so you usually won't see them at grocery stores or farmers' markets. Blueberries, which are similar in flavor and will be available soon, are an excellent substitute.

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Pizza Workshop

Pizza topped with smoked mozzarella, fresh and sun-dried tomatoes, balsamic vinaegar, and basil—one of the many pies prepared by Mark Bello at his artisanal pizza workshop.

May 2, 2009, The Beard House, NYC

(Photo by Annabel Braithwaite)

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Ask a Chef: Anita Lo

Anita Lo Annisa and Rickshaw Dumpling Bar's Anita Lo, who prepared steak tartare with Korean anchovy broth at this year's Awards gala, tells us about her most treasured kitchen tools.

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Eat this Word: Watermelon Radish

Watermelon RadishesWHAT? A radish by any other name... Also known as Rose Heart, Beauty Heart, Shinrimei, Misato, Asian Red Meat, or Xin Li Mei, this mild, slightly sweet radish is deceptive. The root’s dull greenish-white exterior belies its vibrant interior—at its heart, this baby boasts bright magenta flesh. When you slice into the greenish outer rind to reveal the pink center, it’s clear how this blushing bulb got its Western name, watermelon radish. But don’t let the name and size (they can grow to be the size of a grapefruit) scare you—this is no genetically engineered melon-radish hybrid, it’s an heirloom variety of daikon radish. During watermelon radish season (from spring into summer), you’ll find them adding color and crunch to salads and sandwiches. WHERE? Brian Lewis's Beard House dinner WHEN?

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Crispy Hawaiian Moi

Crispy Hawaiian moi with roasted olathe corn, pueblo asparagus, lightly smoked trout salad, and truffled kabayaki dressing, prepared by Troy Guard, a member of the Denver Five.

May 13, 2009, The Beard House, NYC

(Photo by Joan Garvin)

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