What We're Reading: July 16, 2015


It’s time for a barbecue reality check. [FWF]


Legendary ice cream truck snack, the orange creamsicle, is back with a boozy vengeance. [Yahoo Food]

A resourceful guide for goat cheese connoisseurs. [Food 52]


Could "good" bacteria lead to a stress-free future? [NPR]


Considering this wine review, Scotland may want to stick with whisky. [MUNCHIES]

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Eye Candy: Porcini–Goat Cheese Cavatelli with Spring Peas and Preserved Lemon


At Sonoma County’s intimate Backyard eatery, husband-and-wife chefs Daniel Kedan and Marianna Gardenhire—who met while working at Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc and Bouchon—cook only with ingredients grown, raised, or line-caught locally. At their Beard House dinner last month, they brought their mindful cooking to the Big Apple, showcasing early summer's varied and colorful bounty. A highlight of the evening was this bright Porcini–Goat Cheese Cavatelli with Spring Peas and Leaves and Preserved Lemon. One bite of this light-as-air cavatelli was enough to transport us across the country to a picnic table in their very own California Wine Country oasis.


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What We're Reading: December 11, 2014


Goat cheese has become so popular in the U.S., top producer the Vermont Creamery is practically begging for new goat farmers. [Food Politic


Consider making a holiday donation to one of these worthy charities. [Fork in the Road


America loves sandwiches, but can we embrace the smørrebrød? [Serious Eats


Blame Nutella: hazelnut prices are on the rise. [WSJ


A new tweed lets you both drink and wear your whiskey. [... Read more >

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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... Read more >

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Recipe: Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Grand Marnier-Soaked Strawberries

Alan Wong's Goat Cheese Panna Cotta If you’ve never made panna cotta, which is a low-maintenance but crowd-pleasing dessert, here’s a version from Hawaiian chef Alan Wong that will inspire you to whip out those ramekins and get to work. Chef Wong adds tangy chèvre to cut the creaminess, then brightens the dessert with Grand Marnier–soaked strawberries and a sprinkling of shiso, a Japanese member of the mint family. Feel free to play around with the accompaniments: goat’s milk caramel, fruit coulis, or wildflower honey would also be delicious. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Joseph Margate’s Goat Cheese Popovers

Joseph Margate's Goat Cheese Popovers We're daydreaming about baking some of these puffy goat cheese and herb–filled popovers for this weekend's brunch. Chef Joseph Magrate of Boston's Clink makes them with cheese from Blue Ledge Farm, a family-owned goat farm in Vermont's Champlain Valley. You can order their products here, or use your own favorite goat cheese.

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Recipe: Apple, Goat Cheese, and Country Ham Crostini

These unfussy crostini are a delicious addition to a cocktail party or picnic. While you can switch out the country ham for prosciutto, we think that the dry-cured and smoked product makes for the best contrast against the sweet goat cheese and apples.

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Recipe: Goat Cheese Crêpes with Herb Salad

Goat cheese crepes Tangy and sweet, these unfussy goat cheese crêpes from chef Christopher Edwards are an excellent dish for a Sunday brunch. His recipe calls for frisée and an herb salad of basil, chives, and tarragon. We think any combination of greens is the perfect accompaniment.

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Recipe: Tarte Tatin with Goat Cheese Cheesecake

goat-tarte For a riff on apple pie, Joseph Bonaparte served a tarte tatin with goat cheese cheesecake at the Beard House's Thanksgiving dinner. Though the day of the turkey has come and gone, we're still facing a long winter of farmers' markets with little more than apples for their wares—this delicious dish makes the best of the fruit.

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Recipe: Grilled Texas Goat Cheese Sandwiches with Pickled Peaches

Texas goat cheese sandwiches Jason Dady, who runs the kitchen at the Lodge Restaurant of Castle Hills in San Antonio, will serve these tiny grilled cheese sandwiches at tonight's Beard House dinner. While the recipe makes eight hors d'oeuvre, you can opt to leave the brioche slices whole for larger sandwiches.

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