A serving of apricot bread pudding gets a finishing touch of crème anglaise at the end of the Humberto Campos's Beard House dinner. Campos, who owns Lorena's in Maplewood, New Jersey, prepared a seasonally driven menu of French fare. Check out more photos here.
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English peas—commonly known as garden peas—give tiny bursts of green to this simple but satisfying risotto from chef Jeff Rogers. Unlike sugar snaps, English pods are inedible. (But you should save them for vegetable stock.)
WHAT? For goodness, sake. Considered Japan’s national drink, sake is made by inoculating white rice with a special mould (Aspergillus oryzae), mixing it with pure water, and allowing it to ferment. It’s a process more similar to beer making than to wine making, but sake is nevertheless usually translated as "rice wine." Also like beer, sake is best drunk young—Shizuo Tsuji, author of Japanese Cooking: A Simple Art (Kodansha), says experts recommend three months of age. Sake comes graded into classes: tokkyu (special class), ikkyu (first class) and nikyu (second class), but unlike French cru classifications, these do not designate quality. What you drink your sake in depends on whether you drink it hot or cold. Cold sake is usually served in cedar boxes called masuzake, sometimes with salt. Hot sake is served in small ceramic carafes called tokkuri, and is drunk from little cups.
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A chef fries up some hen eggs at a dinner featuring UpStairs on the Square's Susan Regis, Steven Brand, Maria Santos, and Matthew Paul Reiser. You can see more photos of their dinner by clicking here.
Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Sunday, May 23, 12:00 P.M. Blue Ribbon Book and Brunch The chef-owners of the longtime haunt of NYC chefs and in-the-know foodies, Blue Ribbon Brasserie, have met success with their every undertaking, which now number eight restaurants and a new cookbook. We are excited to welcome them to the Beard House for a brunch that’s sure to please their many devotees. Monday, May 24, 7:00 P.M. Cookin’ in the Bluegrass It ain’t called the Bluegrass State for nothin’: Kentucky’s verdant lands nourish exceptional produce, plump livestock, and a burgeoning local-food movement. For a preview of our partnership
The perfect French toast starts with a rich and luscious bread; challah, which is loaded with eggs and butter, is the perfect candidate. Bruce and Eric Bromberg, owners of the popular Blue Ribbon restaurants in New York, use it in their version of the Sunday brunch staple. (You can also taste the real thing at this weekend's Beard House brunch, which will feature some of the brothers' signature rise-and-shine fare.)
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Tonight's Beard House dinner will introduce diners to the utterly unique cuisine of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, a narrow stretch of land separating the Mexican gulf from the Pacific Ocean in the southeast of Oaxaca. Ivy Stark of Dos Caminos has designed the menu centering on this largely unknown part of the world, and will be joined in the kitchen by two members of her team, Scott Linquist and Pastry Chef Hugo Reyes. Here's what they will be preparing: Hors d’Oeuvre Molotes de Flor de Calabaza Quesillo > Masa Turnovers with Zucchini Blossoms and Oaxacan String Cheese Tortitas de Camaron > Tiny Omelet Soufflés with Dried Shrimp Pasilla Oaxaca Relleno de Requeson y Durasno > Cheese and Peach–Stuffed Smoked Pasilla Chilies Tostaditas de Erizo > Crispy Corn Totopos with Sea Urchin, Serrano Chile, Pickle