Eat This Word: Fennel Pollen

 

WHAT? Obscure no more. Once a little known spice used by Tuscans on meat or in soups and stews, fennel pollen was introduced to an American audience by food writer Faith Willinger, an American who has lived in Italy for nearly a quarter of a century. In the 1990s she brought American chefs like Mario Batali to a butcher shop in Panzano, Chianti, owned by Dario Cecchini, who sells specialty products of the area, including fennel pollen. The flowers of the blossoming wild fennel plant are coated in a mass of yellow pollen and, when shaken loose, the powdery condiment imparts a sweet fennel flavor and aromatic flowery scent. Batali was quick to incorporate the spice in his repertoire. As he explained to us a few years ago, "You sprinkle a tiny dusting on something hot, and it gives you this heady fennel perfume. It's amazing." This once hard-to-find spice, which marries wonderfully with a variety of ingredients, including pork, mussels, and even dark chocolate, is now popping up on menus everywhere. ... Read more >

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Meet the Book Nominees for the 2015 James Beard Awards

Photo by Anna Mowry

 

The books nominated for this year’s James Beard Awards take us on journeys both practical and philosophical, from the intricacies of humane butchering to the role of the Gerber Baby in the creation of modern America. Dive into the nominees below and try a new cuisine, consider a new cocktail, or discover a new way to look at food in the world around us. All nominated books are available at the James Beard Foundation Amazon store.

 

 

American Cooking 
 
Heritage by Sean Brock (Artisan) 
Gain insight into JBF Award winner Sean Brock’s mission to preserve and promote the diverse bounty of his home region. Featuring recipes from his accl... Read more >

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What We're Reading: March 31, 2015

 

Homemade ramen is achievable, and we’re not talking Cup of Noodles. [FWF

 

It may look like ginger, but galangal has a personality all of its own. [Food52

 

Learn about sorghum, the latest gluten-free grain trend. [Food Network

 

Got an overabundance of oregano? Freeze fresh herbs to store them for future use. [Serious Eats

 

Don’t rely on the sell-by date: use these tricks to see if your eggs are still fresh. [... Read more >

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Dear World at JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change

 

There was no shortage of enlightening moments at the sixth JBF Chefs Boot Camp for Policy and Change this month, but a visit from Robert X. Fogarty and Jonah Evans at the end of a long day was completely invigorating.


Fogarty and Evans introduced us to Dear World, a photography project that started in 2009 when Fogarty began documenting New Orleans residents’ love letters to their city. Since then, Dear World has told the stories of survivors of the Boston marathon bombing and Syrian refugees, and has featured recognizable people like Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus, Susan Sarandon, and the late Stuart Scott.

 

The chefs participating in Boot Camp were invited to create a message about something they care about—and to become a part of the ever-growing, inspirational, and... Read more >

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Video: How to Make Farfalle with Duck Ragù

 

We're excited to announce our partnership with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll share instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

Gabe and Katherine Thompson’s intimate downtown restaurants offer discerning New York City diners soulful Italian cuisine with a modern spin. For their recent Beard House dinner, this powerhouse husband-and-wife team crafted a m... Read more >

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What We're Reading: March 30, 2015

 

Innovation comes by the slice at the International Pizza Expo. [LA Times

 

An exclusive glimpse into the average day of a sugar maple tapper. [Huff Po

 

Are our fish being caught by Burmese slaves? [NPR

 

Give your Passover brisket some flair with a bright horseradish gremolata. [NYT

 

Use these key tools and never make a kitchen mistake again. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of March 30

Photo by Clay Williams

 

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

 

Monday, March 30, 6:30 P.M.
The From Scratch Sessions: An Evening of Armagnac 
Join the JBF Greens (foodies under 40) for a class on France’s oldest spirit, Armagnac, at New York’s new high-end, low-key bar, The Up & Up. Wine educator and Armagnac ambassador, May Matta-Aliah, will lead us through a tasting of Armagnacs, exploring the region, production process, and differences in styles and ages. The Up & Up owner Matt Piacentini... Read more >

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Happy Hour: James Beard’s Favorite Bloody Mary

 

Friday afternoon means it’s almost time for brunch, which many here at JBF consider the most important meal of the week. And what's a good brunch without a Bloody Mary? Some restaurants seem to put the emphasis on the garnish, piling on the pickles, sausage, and shrimp until the cocktail becomes almost an afterthought. Like many of James Beard’s cocktail recipes, his Bloody Mary is stripped of unnecessary flourishes to focus on the ingredients. With a third less tomato juice and a bit more lemon juice, this iteration will be brighter and crisper, perfect to perk you up on a groggy weekend morning. 

 

Get the recipe here.

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Sustainability Matters: March 27, 2015

 

Should you feel guilty if you don’t eat breakfast? [Food Politics

 

Wholesome Wave’s Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program is expanding across the country, helping low-income families get access to fresh produce. [Food Network

 

The real trouble with GMOs may come from their resistance to herbicides, and what that will mean for the future of the chemicals used on our crops. [Mother Jones

 

The FDA has approved non-browning GMO apples and potatoes as safe for general consumption. [Modern Farmer] ... Read more >

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Spring Holiday Desserts

Spring Holiday Desserts


Preparing for a big family meal over the next couple of weeks? Perhaps one featuring either matzoh ball soup and an invisible oenophile or an imaginary bunny and a big plate of ham? If so, then we've got the sweet stuff covered. Here are some of our favorite spring desserts for both Easter and Passover:

 

Easter-Style: Almond and Honey Madeleines

 

Passover-Style: Pizzarelle con Miele

 

Easter-Style: Very Lemon Tart   

 

Passover-Style: Lemon Pavlova Roll

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