The In Crowd at Dessert High

A writer, illustrator, baker, and self-proclaimed "dessert detective," Jessie Oleson Moore is the mind behind the delightful CakeSpy, an award–winning blog dedicated to everything sweet and sugary. For our final post of this month's dessert coverage, we asked Moore to dream up a scene filled with her signature anthropomorphized sweets.

 

The result? Lunchtime at Desserts High, where dainty macarons rule the school and half-eaten cookies belong to the yearbook club. (Click here for full-sized artwork.)

 

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What We're Reading: December 30, 2014

 

Can American cuisine be defined by Southern cooking? [Yahoo! Food

 

Ladies are leading the new wave of global whiskey love. [NPR

 

Bring on the PB&Js: new technology offers a possible cure for peanut allergies. [Yahoo! Finance

 

Get your Shackstock now, because Shake Shack is going public. [NYT

 

Earn those New Year’s resolutions by indulging in a few of these over-the-top dishes before the ball drops. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 29, 2014

 

Popping bottles in the ice, like a blizzard: a history of Champagne in hip hop. [FWF

 

The meat industry is pushing Congress to reverse a new country-of-origin labeling law. [Star Tribune

 

Get your almond butter now: California’s limited water supply may threaten future nut production. [NYT

 

MicroGreens, a new cooking initiative in Washington, D.C., aims to get kids to teach their parents healthy habits and recipes. [Civil Eats]... Read more >

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Awards Watch: Online Voting Ends December 31!

Nancy Silverton at the 2014 James Beard Awards

 

The clock is ticking: you only have three more days to tell us who you think should be nominated for a JBF Restaurant or Chef Award. Just register, log in, and submit a suggestion for any number of our 21 categories, including Outstanding Chef, Rising Star Chef of the Year, regional chefs, and our brand new Outstanding Baker award. Winners will be announced at the Lyric Opera of Chicago on May 4, 2015.

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Test Your Eat-Q: Fad Diets

Fad diets are far from a recent trend. Test your knowledge of historic food dos and don'ts with the questions below!

 

 

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On the Menu: Week of December 29

 

Here's what's coming up at the James Beard House and around the country:

 

Wednesday, December 31, 7:00 P.M.
Chuckwagon Raconteur
What better way to ring in the new year than with an incredible meal at the James Beard House? Welcome 2015 while dining on an extravagant, festive menu created by winner of The Next Food Network Star and Colorado chef Lenny McNab.

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Expo Milano: USA Pavilion Gets Floors

 

As we’ve been reporting for several weeks now, we’re leading the conception and buildout of the USA Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015, the first world’s fair to focus exclusively on food. For a visual timeline of the future pavilion's progress, take a look at this photo gallery. We just finished installing thousands of feet of wooden flooring—recycled from the former Coney Island boardwalk!

 

Be sure to also check out the official USA Pavilion blog for news about next year's programming and exhibits, upcoming USA Pavilion and Expo–related events, a... Read more >

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What We're Reading: December 24, 2014

 

A panettone you won’t want to re-gift: find the real deal in Philadelphia. [Serious Eats

 

Forgo the roasting on an open fire and tackle a few new chestnut recipes. [HuffPo

 

A new study questions the health benefits of the paleo diet. [FoodBeast

 

For Slovakians, Christmas dinner means carp in the bathtub. [NPR

 

Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions by rebooting your lunch routine. [... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Seafood Stews

 

Every year on Christmas Eve, Italians around the world gather at the table for an elaborate seafood dinner called the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Though the meal often includes a parade of classic dishes like salt cod (baccalà), seafood salad (insalata di mare), fried smelts, and spaghetti with clam sauce, a simpler menu could feature cold, briny oysters on the half-shell followed by a boldly seasoned seafood stew of any provenance. The beauty of the dish is its versatility: just add green olives and cumin for a Moroccan-style dish, potatoes and chorizo for Portuguese flavors, coconut milk and cilantro for a taste of the Caribbean, or, of course, tomatoes and red wine for a more traditional Italian dish.

 

Cioppino... Read more >

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America Cooks with Chefs: Episode Two

 

Hot on the heels of our first episode, America Cooks with Chefs returns this week with its second installment. Each episode will follow one contestant as they go behind the scenes at a James Beard Award-winning chef’s restaurant to learn tips, tricks, and advice for cooking more nutritious meals.

 

Episode two follows Michael Angelo Gonzalez, a Miami native who loves his family’s African American and Cuban traditional foods, but is coming to understand that their diet is harming their health. Michael wants to make a change: he wants to learn budget-friendly cooking techniques so that he can continue to cook the foods his family loves, but in a healthier way.

 

We matched Michael Angelo with fellow Miami native and JBF Award winner Michelle Bernstein of the hot new restaurant... Read more >

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