Cozy Fall Brunch Recipes


Welcome the cooler weather with this rustic, autumn-inspired brunch menu:


Chicken and Bacon Hash

Top this flavorful hash from JBF Award winner Donald Link with fried, soft-scrambled, or poached eggs.


Kabocha Squash Frittelle

These pancake-like fritters can also be made with sugar pumpkin (the variety commonly used to make pumpkin pies). Just increase the roasting time to 40 to 50 minutes.


Apron String Biscuits and Red-Eye Gravy with Ham

A cup of strong coffee adds a jolt of flavor to red-eye gravy with crispy ham and tender buttermilk biscuits.    

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What We're Reading: October 27, 2015


Spend an afternoon making caramelized onions and add them to dinner for the rest of the week. [Food52


Thug Kitchen’s creators are out with a new cookbook, and tired of the controversy. [NYT


Beef—it’s what’s for dinner, and lunch, and breakfast: how the meat industry has influenced nutrition guidelines. [The Atlantic


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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: JBF Award Winner Sean Brock Schools Us on Fried Chicken


"When you're a chef in the South, fried chicken is your responsibility," says Sean Brock, acclaimed chef of Husk, McCrady's, and Minero, solemnly. And for the James Beard Award–winning chef and proud rural Virginian, that burden means burying your head deep in old recipes, cooking with every fat you can think of, and eating lots and lots of fried bird, naturally. "I was born this way," he says with a laugh. "Growing up in the South, you go to KFC and all the mom-and-pop places along the roadside. Honestly, it's my obsession."


It's our obsession too, so we asked for Brock's tips on how to master fried chicken at home after browsing the very intense, very delicious-sounding recipe in his recent JBF... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: October Beard House Toques Share their Guilty-Pleasure Foods


Now that it's officially fall, we are more than happy to bid adieu to the scorching summer heat and indulge in hearty, comforting dishes that reintroduce us to autumn's colorful bounty. And as we say hello to sweater weather, we also welcome a formidable roster of culinary talent to the Beard House. Highlighting cuisines and techniques from across the globe, these top toques bring tastes of Italy, Oakland, Cincinnati, and Boston (just to name a few) to the Big Apple. We asked our October guest chefs to spill about their favorite guilty-pleasure foods. Not surprisingly, fried chicken, Champagne, pizza, and even foie gras made the cut. Read on to see what chefs really crave when their restaurant kitchens are closed.


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What We're Reading: October 26, 2015


Take coffee out of the cup and onto the plate with these recipes. [Saveur]


JBF Award winner Rick Bayless denounces television barbecue as “frat-boy food." [FWF]


Redefining the Mediterranean diet: the lifestyle is just as important as the food. [NYT]


Break out your sweatpants: Ben & Jerry's unveils new boozy caramel brownie flavor just in time for winter. [HuffPo]


It’s not all pie and cider doughnuts: a look into the secret lives of apple pickers.... Read more >

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2015 JBF Leadership Awards Honoree: Eliot Coleman



An authority on innovative farming techniques—especially the ability to grow affordable, local produce year-round—farmer, author, agricultural researcher, and educator Eliot Coleman was honored at JBF’s sixth annual Leadership Awards ceremony held on October 19 at the Hearst Tower in New York City. A proud Maine resident, he and his wife, Barbara Damrosch, operate Four Season Farm, an experimental market garden that’s become a national benchmark for sustainable small-scale agriculture. “The natural world is elegantly designed and doesn’t need to be replaced by human arrogance,” Coleman insists. Watch the video above to learn about his legacy and impact.


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Happy Hour: Sustainable Winemaking with Merry Edwards


With the future of food and drink on our minds following our annual JBF Food Conference earlier this week, we caught up with Merry Edwards, a longtime champion of sustainable winemaking and our 2013 JBF Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional Award winner, to discuss her pioneering work at her eponymous Russian River Valley property.




JBF: Can you give us a specific example of how a sustainable practice in your vineyards ultimately affects the quality of your wine?


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On the Menu: Week of October 26


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


Monday, October 26, 7:00 P.M.

Alpine Haute Cuisine

At Trestle on Tenth, Ralf Kuettel pays homage to his native Switzerland’s eclectic cuisine, where French and German influences intermingle on the menu. For this Beard House dinner, Kuettel takes inspiration from the majestic Alps, exploring the mysterious alchemy of climate and altitude that produces such decadent and delicious fare.


Tuesday, October 27, 7:00 P.M.

50th Anniversary Celebration

In addition to his horror film mastery, actor Vincent Price was also a true gourmand, co-authoring with his wife A Treasury of Great Recipes, a cookbook/guide to their favorite restaurants. Join us for a ce... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: October 23, 2015


Buying local doesn’t necessarily mean avoiding pesticides. [Grist


Subway is the latest fast food chain to make the switch to antibiotic-free meat. [NPR


Farmers guilds across the country are bringing first-time farmers into the fold by sharing knowledge and advice. [Modern Farmer


Could Yelp be a tool for tracking food poisoning outbreaks? [The Atlantic


Too few cooks in the kitchen: a new report reveals the restaurant industry is struggling with a shortage of skilled hands. [... Read more >

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Overheard at the 2015 JBF Food Conference

Photo by Kent Miller


This past week’s 2015 JBF Food Conference explored the future of food, from farm to kitchen to table. Experts and thought leaders from across the industry examined how the choices we make and the steps we take today will impact what we eat, drink, and grow. From chefs to farmers to even the Secretary of Agriculture, the conversation tracked the highs and lows of what the future of our fields and our plates could look like.

Here are some of the most memorable things we heard at the JBF Food Conference:

1) “It’s hip now to talk about food.” — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, @USDA


2) ”Fear of empty stomachs leads to revolution.” — Dr. Rachel Laudan, food historian at the University of Texas: Austin, @rachellaudan ... Read more >

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