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Aside from the media events, music and parties, one of the major highlights of the SXSW festival happening in Austin right now is the tacos. Today at 2 p.m. CST, regional chain Torchy’s Tacos is holding an eating contest with a notable man to beat, local competitive eater Hungry Todd Rungy. The winner must be the fastest to devour two massive Ace of Spades tacos—each one an eight-inch flour tortilla filled with jalapeño sausage, smoked brisket, a fried egg, cheese, green chili queso, cilantro, queso fresco, sour cream and hot sauce. In the spirit of the event, but much more manageable, these Chicken Tinga Tacos are braised in a smoky Mexican tomato sauce that requires only a few ingredients, including canned tomatoes and chipotles in adobo.
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Legendary chef and amateur blogger Jean-Georges Vongerichten slipped some big news into a recent post about staff changes. This spring, he plans to renovate both his grand New York flagship on Central Park, Jean Georges, and the more casual Nougatine. Perfectionist chefs often tweak things that already seem fantastic: In JGV's recipe for Sesame Chicken Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing, he substitutes juicy pan-roasted chicken breasts for the raw bluefin tuna that's served in a similar dish at the restaurant, resulting in a healthy, filling main course for the home cook.
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If you could bring either Parmesan cheese or miso with you to a desert island, which would you choose? New York Times columnist Mark Bittman makes a case for miso. The umami-packed ingredient is incredibly versatile. “You can dry it and turn it into a condiment (which happens to be reminiscent of Parmesan); you can use it to create a fantastic compound butter (David Chang of Momofuku showed me this five years ago); or you can stir it into mayonnaise, which is consciousness-expanding,” marvels Bittman. You can also add it to chicken. F&W’s Marcia Kiesel mixes light miso paste with garlic, sesame oil and stock to make an addictively good sauce for her Miso-Ginger Chicken and Cabbage. The healthy, deeply flavorful stir-fry comes together in just 25 minutes.
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A recent cranberry surplus has resulted in plummeting prices, reports the Boston Business Journal. To stabilize costs and aid cranberry farmers, members of congress are asking the US Department of Agriculture to buy the extra berries, but you can also show support for the growers. While cooked cranberries areoften associated with holiday foods, their sweet-tart taste is delicious in this weeknight-friendly recipe for Roast Chicken with Cranberry-Apple-Raisin Chutney. Leftover chutney is a zesty addition to any chicken, turkey or ham sandwich.
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© Christina Holmes / Thai Chicken Stew
Today in NPR’s Kitchen Window series, food writer Michele Kayal describes how wonderful it can be to come home to a warm, fragrant kitchen where a slow cooker has been working all day. Her ode to the versatile kitchen appliance includes a brief history of slow-cooking in other cultures, from Hawaii’s underground ovens, known as imus, to Moroccan tagines. An all-American slow cooker works beautifully for ethnic dishes as well, like this Thai-Inspired Chicken Stew, which develops a richly complex curry flavor despite only 20 minutes of active cooking.
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© Tina Rupp / Chicken Tagine
Thanks to fur-trapper-turned-food-innovator Clarence Birdseye, frozen foods went on sale 82 years ago today in Springfield, MA. While fresh-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables are ideal, frozen produce is a good way to eat balanced meals year-round. Get a jump on spring with Joël Robuchon’s Chicken Tagine, a healthy Moroccan stew that calls for both frozen peas and artichoke hearts.
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In a recent interview with Eater, the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods host and F&W contributing editor, Andrew Zimmern, said he hopes to transition into politics for the next phase of his career. Zimmern cites his “globalist perspective” as an asset for a future campaign, but world travels have also greatly influenced his fantastic recipes for our series Andrew Zimmern’s Kitchen Adventures, like this Trini-style Asopao with Chicken and Shrimp. The “stewy rice casserole” makes a delicious and multicultural one-pan family dinner. Zimmern's fans shouldn't hold their breath for his political coup just yet. The TV chef isn't quite ready to make moves. “The show has never been more popular, and I have many years ahead of me in my active media life,” he told Eater.
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Texas may be out of the national spotlight now that Top Chef Texas has ended, but the Lone Star State still has something to celebrate. Today is Texas Independence Day, which commemorates the day Texas split from Mexico to become the Republic of Texas in 1836. Whether you’re in Texas, from Texas or just like big Texas flavors, cowgirl/chef Paula Disbrowe’s Texas Chicken—cooked with annato seeds, sweet carrot juice, vinegar, bay leaves, thyme, garlic and chiles—is a delicious, indoor-kitchen-friendly way to honor of the state’s holiday, especially when paired with a Lone Star beer.
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Rosemary won’t just make your food more delicious—it might also make you more intelligent. A recent study from the University of Northumbria, UK, found that the oils responsible for rosemary’s intense scent improve mental speed and accuracy. Improve your cognition with a superfast, one-pan dinner of Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Fennel and Rosemary.
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Latina chefs are moving into the spotlight, according to the Associated Press. Miami-based Michelle Bernstein, owner ofboth Michy's and Sra. Martinez, believes that Latin cuisine is matriarchal by tradition. "We all grew up around mom in the kitchen, that's just how it was," she says. "And maybe that just better represents what Latin food is, coming from the momma." Underscoring the importance of gathering around the table, Bernstein's Mixed Grill with Chimichurri Sauces and Roasted Peppers, which features both chicken breasts and livers, is best served family style for a vibrant and hearty feast.
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