What We're Reading: June 18, 2015

 

From Fribble to Frosty: the frozen drinks that quench our ice cream thirst. [Bon Appétit

 

New research suggests dark chocolate could replace your afternoon cup of joe. [Food Network

 

Maximize your market haul with these tips. [Food52

 

Dip into the past with a visit to the Moorhead, Minnesota Dairy Queen. [Serious Eats

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Expo Milano: NASA, Rick Bayless, Foods of Louisiana, and More

The USA Pavilion at Expo Milano

 

On any given day at Expo Milano, the first-ever food-focused world's fair that's now open in Milan, visitors can experience a veritable buffet of international cuisine, state-of-the-art tech and design, and food-themed programming. Here's a sampling of what's happening at the USA Pavilion, which was produced by JBF and the International Culinary Center:

 

Terrace Talks: held on the roof of the pavilion, Terrace Talks hosts speakers and panels on a variety of food topics. Today the series is visited by NASA's Charles F. Bolden Jr., who will discuss the program's Earth observations and ideas for improving life on our planet. 

 

James Beard American Restaurant: modeled after our own James Beard House in New York City, the USA Pavilion–affiliated... Read more >

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20 Inspiring Quotes from Our 7th Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

 

Last week, 15 chefs from around the country met at Glynwood, a nonprofit farm in New York’s Hudson Valley. The occasion? Our seventh JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change, a program geared toward building a network of colleagues who all have a common goal: to use their voices to become effective leaders for food-system change. They had a few minutes to marvel at the bucolic setting—and their fellow Boot Campers (yes, that is Rick Bayless!)—before getting down to work. In 36 hours, they’d be heading back to their restaurants armed with tools to become compelling advocates for the issues they’re passionate about, as well as more than a dozen lifelong friends and comrades in the food revolution. Here are some of the most inspiring quotes from the retreat:

 

“Even though this is a competitive business, if there's something we can agree on and we know that... Read more >

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Video: How to Make Crispy Baby Artichokes with Lemon Aïoli

 

We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

At the reception for his Beard House dinner, Dallas-based chef David Uygur could barely get these... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 17, 2015

 

Phish Tofu-ood: Ben & Jerry’s is developing a vegan line of ice creams. [Eater

 

Columbus, Ohio residents are being warned to avoid their tap water due to excessive nitrate run-off from nearby farms. [Mother Jones

 

Food companies are slowly moving away from using the dangerous chemical BPA in their canned goods. [NYT

 

Gelato is gaining ground i... Read more >

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Gluten-Free Desserts That Are Actually Delicious

 

There's no shortage of gluten-free recipes out there, but as anyone who has dabbled in the flourless arts can attest, it can be hard to find a good one. Especially when it comes to desserts. Fortunately, each of the following dishes can stand up to even the most gluten-packed sweet treats. Round out the flour-free finale with port-poached pears, a bowl of berries and cream, or homemade gelato.

 

Ginger Cookies

Rolling the dough in Demerara or turbinado sugar before baking is what gives these spicy, chewy cookies their crisp edges. To make this dish wheat-free, follow the special instructions provided.

 

Lemon Rice Chiffon Cake

This recipe comes from Alice Medrich's Flavor Flours, winner of our 2015 Baking and Dessert Book award. It's made with white rice flour or Thai white rice flour, which is used t... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Robert J. Ciboroswski

 

As executive chef of Walt Disney World's Swan and Dolphin Resorts, Robert Ciborowski oversees operations of the 17 on-site restaurants and the banquet operations that serve more than one million guests per year. While he'll be cooking for a smaller crowd at his Beard House dinner on Thursday, June 18, his aim is no less ambitious: a history of haute cuisine traced through culinary tributes to gastronomic giants like Auguste Escoffier and JBF Award winner Alain Ducasse. We spoke to him about who had the most influence on his cooking: his grandmother or the three heavy-hitters who inspired his dinner's menu.

 

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What is your inspiration behind the menu for this Beard House event?... Read more >

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'Gram Worthy: Strawberries, Champagne Ice Cream, and Basil

 

If you love to see what happens behind the scenes in restaurants, drool over gorgeous food photography, and creep on your favorite chefs (we're majorly guilty of this!), then be sure to follow us on Instagram, where our editors deliver eye-catching dispatches from the Beard House and beyond. The photo above shows a stunning dessert from special project manager Anna Mowry's recent visit to 2015 Best New Restaurant award winner Bâtard: strawberries, Champagne ice cream, basil, and almonds​. For more tasty snaps, follow us

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior edito... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 16, 2015

 

A picnic is the perfect place to expand your sandwich repertoire... [Serious Eats

 

...but don’t forget about salads: turn over a new leaf and try some alternative greens this summer. [The Kitchn

 

Nightshade may have a reputation for poison, but don’t let that scare you away from tomatoes, eggplants, chile peppers, and more. [Food52

 

The closing of Ouest marks another casualty of the New York City din... Read more >

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The 2015 Cooking Up Change Competition

 

For the fourth year in a row, the James Beard Foundation is the official culinary partner of Cooking Up Change, a nationwide high school competition that invites students to improve school lunches. Administered by the Chicago-based Healthy Schools Campaign, the 2015 competition consisted of nine regional qualifiers, in which high-school teams designed and prepared meals within the real-life constraints of limited ingredient lists and tight prep times. Finalists from each city advanced to compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C. last week.

 

 

Cooking Up Change

 

The teams' meals were judged on originality, taste, texture and appearance. After the votes were tallied, Debra Eschmeyer, executiv... Read more >

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