Eat this Word: Satsuma

satsuma

 

WHAT? The satsuma citrus fruit originated in sixteenth-century Japan, in a province that was once of the same name. The fruit hopscotched to England and Italy a few centuries later, followed by a leap to New Orleans, where it would eventually grow into a respectable crop in the nearby coastal parish of Plaquemines. (Japan still boasts the largest satsuma industry in the world.) A member of the mandarin family, the satsuma rarely contains pesky seeds, and can survive temperatures as low as 13 degrees Fahrenheit, with Louisiana farmers favoring the Owari cultivar for its especially hardy character. Ready for picking in October and still on branches beyond December, satsumas are a popular holiday fruit throughout the South. Cajun cooks add segments to salads, reduce juices for glazing seafood and sweets, and even slip the fruit into the occasional gumbo pot. The satsuma’s peel detaches easily from its fle... Read more >

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What We're Reading: February 3, 2015

 

Shake off the February chill with these hearty lasagna recipes. [Serious Eats

 

Unsurprisingly, the current Congress does not rate very highly on Food Policy Action’s National Food Policy Scorecard. [Civil Eats

 

One of the newest shareholders in Shake Shack is none other than PETA. [Fork in the Road

 

Muse upon the merits of the maitake mushroom. [... Read more >

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Our Favorite Beard House Dishes in January

Chef Josh Boeckleman in the Beard House kitchen

 

 

At the Beard House, 2015 arrived full of promise, bringing us delicious, thought-provoking flavors from Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Kansas City, Missouri. Here are our editors' favorite dishes from January. 

 

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Périgord Black Truffles with Farm Egg, Farro Verde, and Sunchokes

 

Périgord Black Truffles with Farm Egg, Farro Verde, and Sunchokes / The New Classic

 

Layers of umami-packed, freshly shaved black truffles? Check. Luxurious egg yolk? Trendy grain with an ancient pedigree? Perfect balance of texture and flavor? Check, check, and check. Just one look at the menu description of this beaut... Read more >

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Roasting: Our Favorite Way to Cook in Winter

 

Roasting is our go-to cooking method during the colder months. A hot oven, a generous pour of olive oil, and a sprinkling of salt is all you need to produce simple but spectacular dishes. But with a little bit of finesse, the technique can also yield sophisticated results, as in the following recipes:

 

Roasted Clams with Herb Jam and Chorizo Butter

Slices of crusty bread provide a bed for the clams in the roasting pan, and are perfect for sopping up the paprika-spiked chorizo butter.

 

Roasted Pineapple with Prosciutto

A welcome alternative to prosciutto-and-melon, this playful appetizer is made with a pineapple that's been roasted whole.

 

Smothered Pork Roast

This tender pork shoulder f... Read more >

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What We're Reading: February 2, 2015

 
 
 
To juice, or to blend? That is the question. [

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Happy Hour: The Hooker

The Hooker cocktail

 

A jilted John Lee Hooker comforted himself with “one bourbon, one scotch, one beer.” Those wanting a more efficient consolation should seek out this marvelous cocktail by mixologist Jamie Boudreau from Seattle's acclaimed Canon. “It came about as John Lee Hooker's song came on the sound system. It made me realize that I hadn't heard of or seen a cocktail with bourbon, scotch and beer as ingredients, so I set about to make one. Surprisingly it became very popular.” Can't make it to the Pacific Northwest? Don't fret: we've got the recipe right here.

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On the Menu: Week of February 2

 

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

 

Monday, February 2, 7:00 P.M.
The Mighty Virginia Shack
Dubbed “the Incredible Restaurant that Nobody Knows About” by Josh Ozersky, the Shack—a tiny, 16-seat phenomenon—is run by pedigreed chef and JBF Award semifinalist Ian Boden. The chef’s ambitious tasting menu is usually served on weekends only, but he’s bending the rules for this not-to-be-missed Beard House event.

 

Tuesday, February 3, 7:00 P.M.
Bottega: Italy to Spain with a Southern Accent
Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience JBF Award winner Frank Stitt’s legendary cooking. A local-food pioneer and Southern culinary stalwart, Stitt brought exceptional, Italian-inflected cuisine to Alabama with the opening of Bottega in 1988. Joi... Read more >

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Sustainability Matters: January 30, 2015

 

Maple water, the latest trendy health beveragecould actually be a boon for environmentalists. [Civil Eats

 

Schools across the country are experimenting with offering lunch via food trucks instead of the typical cafeteria line. [Food Network

 

Large meat packers, facing PR and export concerns, are refusing to use Zilmax, a cattle weight-gain drug that the FDA says is legal. [NPR... Read more >

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Throwback Thursday: JBF Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Cecilia Chiang

JBF Award Winner Cecilia Chiang (photo by Kent Miller)

 

Earlier this week, we announced our 2015 Lifetime Achievement and Humanitarian of the Year honorees. Today's TBT is a shoutout to restaurateur and Lifetime Achievement award winner Cecilia Chiang, shown here accepting the honor in 2013. Often referred to as the “Julia Child of Chinese food,” Chiang moved from Shanghai to San Francisco in 1960 at the age of 20, and brought with her a fiery passion for good food and good company. Hospitality has always been at the forefront of her efforts, as she explained in her acceptance speech: "You need to care about people and the heart of what I want to do is make my guests happy." Since her earliest days on our shores, Chiang has worked to introduce the American palate to Northern Chinese cuisine, and disprove the notion that auth... Read more >

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Presenting the Sun of Zimm, an Andrew Zimmern/eyebobs Collaboration

James Beard Award winner Andrew Zimmern

 

You likely already know Andrew Zimmern from his adventurous, no-bite-left-uneaten Travel Channel series Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Foods America. He's also a two-time JBF Award winner, nabbing our Outstanding Personality/Host award in 2010 and again in 2013. 

 

Beyond his work and achievements in entertainment, Zimmern is also a valued contributor to the JBF Scholarship Program. In 2014, through a collaboration with eyebobs eyewear, Andrew launched his "Second Chances Scholarship," which is awarded to a promising, aspiring student who has faced and conquered extreme challenges.

Last week eyebobs and Zimmern launched another charitable partner... Read more >

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