Happy Hour: Sinatra Smash

Sinatra smash cocktail

 

Awards season is in full swing, and the anticipation has us reminiscing about the many opulent galas in our past. One of the highlights from the 2009 Beard Awards reception was the eclectic mix of festive cocktails, and among our favorites was this delicious blackberry and whiskey concoction from Patricia Richards of the Wynn Las Vegas. The beauty of a smash, which dates all the way back to the late 1800s, is its versatility: it's refreshing in the summertime, and it's uplifting in the dead of winter; it's most often made with whiskey, but is equally delightful with gin, vodka, or rum; and any garnishes you have on hand (mint, citrus, fresh berries, or anything you favor) will only make it shine even more. This luscious, elegant rendition, however, might just win our vote. Get the recipe here.

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Recipes: A Taste of Paradise

Barbecued Shrimp with Pineapple Chutney

 

Treat yourself to a staycation with a menu inspired by some of our favorite tropical locales. Serve with a light ale or the fizzy mango–mezcal paloma featured below.

 

Paloma de Mango y Mezcal

Mezcal, mango purée, and a hint of cilantro enhance the paloma, a popular Mexico City cocktail finished with a splash of grapefruit soda.

 

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Happy Hour: Homemade Ginger Beer

ginger beer

 

A powerhouse with medicinal properties, ginger has a warming effect on the body, stimulates circulation, reduces inflammation, and inhibits viruses and bacteria—all of which makes it the perfect antidote to winter. We toss it into soups and sautés, steep our favorite teas with it, and even better, mix it into our cocktails. Here, Pegu Club mixologist extraordinaire Audrey Saunders shares her recipe for homemade ginger beer. We love using it in a Moscow Mule, Dark & Stormy, or just about any cocktail to add soothing hints of warmth and spice. Get the recipe here.

 

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Recipe: Roast Chicken with Basil, Scallion, Lemon Butter, and Potatoes

Reicpe for Roast Chicken with Basil, Scallion, Lemon Butter, and Potatoes

 

Last week, in his review of Twelve Recipes, a new cookbook from Chez Panisse chef Cal Peternell, Sam Sifton wrote, "Rare is the cookbook that acknowledges the simple truth that there aren’t really all that many recipes in the world." Within this essential dozen, there's one dish that we agree is worth mastering: the roast chicken.

 

If you don't have chef Peternell's book, this recipe from Mindy Fox's A Bird in the Oven and Then Some is another useful rubric. Like Peternell, Fox roasts her bird at a steady 450ºF.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Happy Hour: Hot Spiced Wine

mulled wine

 

The holidays have come and gone, the streets are littered with discarded Christmas trees, and the temperatures have dropped to cruel lows in many parts of the country. With winter doldrums in full bloom, we could all use a little something to warm our hands and spirits. Hot spiced wine, also known as “mulled wine,” goes by many names: glögg in Swedish, glühwein in German, vin chaud in French, and so on, and varies slightly from country to country. Simmer whatever red wine you have leftover from holiday reveling with cloves, oranges, lemon rinds, sugar, bay leaves, and your choice of dark spirit for James Beard's own spin on the classic winter libation. Get the recipe here for a decidedly cozy start to your weekend. 

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on ... Read more >

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Recipe: Baby Beet Salad with Marcona Almonds, Pickled Oranges, Idiazabal Cheese, and Blood Orange Vinaigrette

Recipe: Baby Beet Salad with Marcona Almonds, Pickled Oranges, Idiazabal Cheese, and Blood Orange Vinaigrette

 

Colorful, tasty, virtuous: that's how we'd describe this resolution-friendly salad from JBF Rising Star nominee Katie Button. If you already have conventional oranges on hand, feel free to substitute them for the blood variety when making the zippy vinaigrette.

 

Get the recipe here.

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Recipe Roundup: Seafood Stews

 

Every year on Christmas Eve, Italians around the world gather at the table for an elaborate seafood dinner called the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Though the meal often includes a parade of classic dishes like salt cod (baccalà), seafood salad (insalata di mare), fried smelts, and spaghetti with clam sauce, a simpler menu could feature cold, briny oysters on the half-shell followed by a boldly seasoned seafood stew of any provenance. The beauty of the dish is its versatility: just add green olives and cumin for a Moroccan-style dish, potatoes and chorizo for Portuguese flavors, coconut milk and cilantro for a taste of the Caribbean, or, of course, tomatoes and red wine for a more traditional Italian dish.

 

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Doughnuts: A Hanukkah Miracle

Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnuts

 

'Tis the season...for frying up delicious Hanukkah treats. We love latkes—we really love latkes—but sometimes we like to celebrate the festival of lights with something sweet. Sufganiyot, round jelly doughnuts topped with powdered sugar, are a Hanukkah tradition, but we'd happily welcome any of these deep-fried desserts to our holiday table:

 

Peanut Butter and Jelly Doughnuts

Malasadas (Portuguese Doughnuts)

Bourbon-Glazed Doughnuts

Chocolate–Rosemary Bombolini

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Happy Hour: Holiday Dessert Pairings (Part III)

wine bottles

 

For those who are looking to make the holidays even merrier, we asked Bernie Sun, corporate beverage director of JBF Award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants, to suggest affordable wine pairings for the season’s classic desserts.

 

For our third installment, we asked Sun to recommend the perfect pairing for bread pudding​​​. His pick? Domaine de Durban... Read more >

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Recipe: Susan’s Magic Christmas Bar Cookies

Recipe for Susan’s Magic Christmas Bar Cookies

 

“Ever since my children were little, making these super-easy bar cookies has been part of the Ungaro family holiday tradition," says JBF president Susan Ungaro. Once you try this six-ingredient recipe, which Susan first spotted on the label of a can of Eagle Brand Condensed Milk, you'll be hooked, too.

 

Get the recipe here.

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