Daily Digest: March 6, 2014

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Calling all Instagrammers: learn how to step up your food photography skills with tips from leading experts. [Bloomberg]

 

Pringles launches its new sriracha-flavored chips, but there's a catch: you can only find them at one store. [LAT]

 

Emotional eating: scientists explore the relationship between how we feel and what we eat. [Atlantic]

 

Nostalgic for Lunchables? Oscar Mayer debuts a new line of portable protein packs for adults. [LAT]

 

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Daily Digest: March 5, 2014

beer

 

This beautiful infographic could help you find your new favorite beer. [Deadspin]

 

Remember Watson, the supercomputer that conquered Jeopardy! a couple of years ago? It's back, and it's creating novel recipes for a new food truck. [NPR]

 

Here's a conveyor-belt sushi set for children. [Kotaku]

 

A plea for American cheesemakers to stop imitating Europe and come up with unique names for their products. [Slate]

 

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Recipe Roundup: Hibernation Food

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel

 

As the Longest Winter That Ever Was continues its icy reign throughout much of the country, we're spending a lot of time indoors. We mean: A LOT. And what better way to while away these seemingly endless dark and dreary days than by cooking up a (proverbial, please) storm? These five hibernation-friendly dishes are giving us the will to hang on until spring:

 

 

Lamb Stew with Parsnips, Bacon, and Fennel [JBF]

Serve this hearty, satisfying stew with spaetzle or egg noodles tossed with butter and parsley.

 

Morning Bread Pudding with Salted Caramel [Smitten Kitchen]

Not only will this cross between French toast casserole and tarte tatin give you a reason to get up in the morning, but it's also super easy to ma... Read more >

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The Bookshelf: Pandora’s Lunchbox

 

From Subway sandwiches that contain more than 100 ingredients to packaged cheese that won’t spoil for eternity, processed food accounts for 70 percent of America’s caloric intake. In Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal, former New York Times reporter Melanie Warner explores the depths of engineered food and its implications for our health and society. We got in touch with the author to learn about her investigation to uncover the truth, her most shocking discovery, and her advice for changing the way America eats.

 

(Join Melanie tomorrow at noon for a special installment of our Enlightened Eaters series at the Beard House.)

 

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JBF: You started out as a business reporter for Forbes and the New York Times. How did you get interested in writing about food?

 

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Daily Digest: March 3, 2014

Street Food

 

Tips for eating like the ultimate local from a Moroccan street-food expert. [Zester

 

Don't get suckered into buying more than one beer glass—you really just need one. [LAT]

 

Calling all coffee lovers: consuming caffeine before your next cardio routine may actually improve performance level. [Scientific American

 

Think you like aged cheese? Archaeologists in China recently uncovered some 3,600-year-old fromage. [Daily Meal]

 

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Recipe: Honey–Citrus Tart

Recipe for Honey–Citrus Tart, adapted by the James Beard Foundation

 

Thank God for citrus, especially during this merciless winter. As long as there are a few varieties within our reach, we feel like we can cope with few more weeks of dreariness.

 

This ricotta and honey–based tart from Baltimore-based pastry chef Angie Lee is a lovely way to put whatever citrus you have on hand to use. (Lee favors Cara Cara or blood oranges.) The tart dough is made with all-purpose flour and ground amaranth, one of several "alternative" grains that's really not so alternative these days. It lends a nutty flavor to the baked crust, making this dessert all the more special.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Sustainability Matters: February 28, 2014

 

When slaughterhouses are shuttered due to meat recalls, the impact can be devastating on small ranchers. [Grist]

 

Environmental groups call for restrictions placed on fertilizer use in the Lake Erie area due to an increase in algae blooms, which threaten water safety and wildlife. [NY Times]

 

The Food and Drug Administration proposes a bigger, bolder food label with updated portion sizes. [Food Politics]

 

Chipotle's new web-based series Farmed & Dangerous provides a satirical, accessible way to learn about Big Ag in the American food system. [... Read more >

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JBF on the Air: Robert LaValva

 

On this week’s episode of Taste Matters, JBF’s Mitchell Davis invited Robert LaValva, founder of New Amsterdam Market, into Heritage Radio Network’s Brooklyn studios. Located in the historic South Street Seaport, New Amsterdam Market is New York City’s first permanent, indoor public market and wholesale distribution hub for local and sustainable food. Robert talks about the role of public markets in civic life, the Big Apple’s diverse marketplaces, the value of historic buildings, and the need for interactive public spaces in urban environs.​ Click here to listen to the full episode.

 

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On the Menu: Week of March 2

Photo taken by F. Martin Ramin

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar this week:

 

Monday, March 3, 7:00 P.M. 

Tuscan Gothic

Designed to evoke the dark, mysterious look of a fallen abbey, Ballo Italian Restaurant & Social Club serves well-executed, often daring Tuscan food as memorable as its setting. Join executive chef Shaun Golan when he showcases his creative cuisine at the Beard House.​

 

Tuesday, March 4, 7:00 P.M. 

New England Winter

A Food & Wine People’s Choice for Best New Chef nominee and a Thomas Keller protégé, Matt Louis pays tribute to both his New England roots and tapas-style dining at Moxy, which was praised by the Boston Globe for its “shockingly good, farm-to-fork bites.” 

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Awards Watch: Meet the 2014 America's Classics

Meet the James Beard Foundation's 2014 America's Classics

 

Today we're excited to announce the recipients of one of our most popular awards: the America's Classics! This honor is given to regional establishments, often family-owned, that are treasured for their quality food, local character, and lasting appeal. Read on to learn more about our 2014 America's Classics. (Read the full press release here.)

 

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Hansen’s Sno Bliz, New Orleans (Owner: Ashley Hansen)

 

Meet the James Beard Foundation's 2014 America's Classics

 

The snow-ball, one of the city’s iconic desserts was practically invented at Hansen’s. Made of shaved-to-order ice, a Hansen’s snow-ball -- which th... Read more >

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