Throwback Thursday: Highlights from the 2015 James Beard Awards

 

Roll out the red carpet: with the announcement of Oscar nominations today, it's officially awards season! Our 2016 Restaurant and Chef award semifinalists will be announced on February 17, 2015. To make sure you get your JBFA fix until then, we’re looking back at last year's bash, full of stars, songs, sips, snacks, and lots of celebration. Check out the video above for highlights from the 2015 Beard Awards, and start dusting those mothballs off your gowns and tuxedos for this year's fête.

 

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Tips: Better Weeknight Dinners

 

Just because you worked late doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a satisfying, home-cooked dinner. So put away the cereal bowls and take-out menus: JBF staffers have some quick dinner tips that will have you sitting down to the table in a snap.

 

Put an Egg on It

“For Israelis, shakshuka is a breakfast mainstay. For me, it’s a reliably easy and satisfying weeknight dish. You can make a basic version with pantry items: olive oil; a medium onion, chopped; 2 or 3 crushed garlic cloves; a 28-ounce can of peeled whole tomatoes; and eggs. Sauté the onion and garlic in oil, then add the tomatoes. Season with salt, black pepper, and your preferred ground hot pepper. Simmer f... Read more >

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Recipe: Drunken Risotto with Wild Mushrooms

 

Nothing complements winter gatherings better than a bowl of rich risotto. This earthy version from chef Joel Huff features a grab bag of wild mushrooms, which make for an especially festive, guest-worthy dish. For the wine, feel free to use any red you have on hand, though we prefer to pour in a Burgundy or Oregon Pinot Noir; the typical "forest floor" character found in these wines is a natural match for the other flavors in the dish. 

 

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Featured Menu: Lowcountry Meets New Orleans

 

With over 200 events at the Beard House each year, our calendar is overflowing with top toques and rising stars from restaurant kitchens across the country. Each dinner at the Beard House is a unique culinary experience, but every so often a specific event will have our stomachs rumbling simply by scanning the menu. Read on to learn which event has piqued our palates lately.

 

Saturday, January 16, 2016
Lowcountry Meets New Orleans

 

After stints at acclaimed Big Easy spots, Ryan Hughes opened Purloo as an exhibition kitchen and restaurant in the city’s Southern Food and Beverage Museum. Known for his rotating menus highlighting regional classics, Hughes will give Beard House diners a fried, pickled, and flavor-packed glimpse into his love affair with the Lowcountry. 

 

"Purloo represents an exciting new wave of New... Read more >

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Eat This Word: Gochujang

 

WHAT? Sriracha’s umami-rich cousin. This versatile, flavor-packed Korean sauce is also made from fermented red peppers, but has deep savory and salty notes that sriracha lacks. A household staple in Korea, it’s only a matter of time before it makes its way into your own collection of chile pastes. Its thicker texture adds body to sauces and stews, while giving your barbecue sauce, ketchup, or marinade a subtle Asian-inflected kick. A mere tablespoon or two can help round out dull flavors, giving that extra bite of umami similar to an anchovy or miso paste. Incorporate it into a garlicky cheese spread for a decadent grilled cheese sandwich or top your steak with a dab of gochujang butter. The options are limitless, as its pronounced flavors marry well with everything from American classics to Korean staples like bibimbap. While gochujang hasn’t quite reached sriracha-level fame yet, it can be found in most specialty grocery stores, or at your local Asian market.

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Up Your ’Gram Game

 

When pondering how to live better in the new year, we couldn't help but think about improving our food photos—so we consulted an expert. Few people in the industry have greater knowledge of successful food photography than Bon Appétit's creative director, Alex Grossman. The nominee for a 2012 JBF Award in Visual Storytelling (who also happens to have an enviable Instagram account of his own) sat down with us to share his expertise on capturing beautiful food images. Want to improve your skills? Read on! 

 

JBF: Why do you think Instagram has exploded with food photography? ... Read more >

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Recipe Roundup: Winter Squash

 

Why should summer squash get all the love? Winter squash are some of the most delicious versatile ingredients of the entire year. Although these recipes all call for perennial favorites like butternut squash or pumpkin, feel free to substitute any flavorful, orange-fleshed winter squash you find at the market. We particularly like the Kabocha and Buttercup varieties for their sweetness; Acorn for its dainty size; and Delicata for its hearty, edible peel—but don't be afraid to get creative.

 

Butternut Squash Soup with Curried Pears and Toasted Pecans

Everyone has a favorite butternut squash soup. This one will be yours.

 

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Tastebud: Use Your Lemon

 

“If you’re not cooking with lemons, you’re not really cooking.” This proclamation, uttered by JBF Award winner Sean Brock during his Taste America: Washington, D.C. 2013 demo, cast some existential doubts over my own culinary chops. Was I using lemons enough? When had I last bought one to simply to have on hand, without a specific use in mind? If my food hasn’t been seasoned with lemon, is it even food?

 

Well, sure it is, but with unmet potential. Lemons are high in acid, and, like salt, acid triggers your saliva glands. The dissolving power of saliva helps our taste buds derive more flavor (in other words, greater enjoyment) from our food. Zippy lemon also energizes heavier ingredients, transforms texture, and is a great value. Lemon perks up my pancakes, massages my kale salad, and lends... Read more >

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Edward Behr on How to Eat Better in 2016

 

In his cookbook, 50 Foods: The Essentials of Good Taste, noted culinary expert Edward Behr guides readers on how to select, prepare, and most importantly, enjoy, some of the world’s best foods. To help us get the new year started off right, here are Behr’s top ten tips for a delicious 2016.

 

1. Eat better apples.

Most of the apples in supermarkets have been picked too soon, and even if they were stored well, they’ve spent too long in the distribution pipeline and then sat too long in displays without refrigeration. They’re not at their best. Instead go to a farmers’ market or a store that cares about fruit and offers great varieties with real flavor, such as Ashmead’s Kernel, Duchess of Oldenburg, Esopus Spitzenburg, Newtown Pippin, Wickson Crab, Pink Pearl, and Macoun (the best of the McIntosh family). Any of those are goo... Read more >

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What's Cooking This Week: 7 Satisfying Italian Recipes

 

Want a comforting Italian dinner without filling up on pasta? We know the feeling. These seven delicious recipes will take you through the week, keeping you satisfied with all the vibrant flavors of the boot. 

 

Monday: Potato Frittata

Kick off the week with a meatless main from James Beard himself. Similar to the Spanish tortilla made with potatoes, this Italian version of an omelette can be made with any vegetable you like. Bonus: leftovers are great for breakfast or layered into a sandwich or on top of greens for lunch.

 

Tuesday: Chicken Cacciatore

This rustic, hunter-style dish from Sonoma wine country–based chef Tim Bodell is a deeply satisfying meal of bright ingredients and bold, layered flavors. Packed with cremini mushrooms, veggies, and red wine, we promise it'll hit the spot.

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