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Asparagus Industry-Friendly Salad

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Grilled Chicken Salad

© David Malosh / Grilled Chicken Salad

The U.S. asparagus industry is finally bouncing back. The AP reports that after decades of decreased production due to competition from South American imports, American asparagus farmers are expecting much better business this year due in part to healthy eating trends and increasing demand for locally grown vegetables. Asparagus season typically lasts just through June, so help support the hopeful farmers today with a Grilled-Chicken-and-Asparagus Salad with Parsley Pesto. Garlic, lemon juice, oil and a lot of parsley are all it takes to make the flavorful dressing for this fast and easy early summer salad.

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Great Asparagus Dishes
Delicious Grilled Chicken

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Potato Chip-Crusted Chicken for Picnic Day

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Hoosier Chicken

© James Baigrie / Hoosier Chicken

Though the word picnic has French origins (pique-nique), Americans have embraced the outdoor practice more enthusiastically than baguettes and Bordeaux wine, and today is even National Picnic Day. This crispy fried Hoosier Chicken with Potato Chip Crust is an ideal main for a picnic since it’s delicious both hot and at room temperature. Serve tucked into some French bread or sliced over an easy-to-eat chopped salad.

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Stylish Picnic Baskets
Picnic Pairings

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Mission-Style Tacos for SF's Outside Lands

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Grilled-Chicken Tacos

© Con Poulos / Chicken Tacos

Today, tickets go on sale for San Francisco's eclectic music festival Outside Lands, which will take place in Golden Gate Park, August 10-12. The line-up includes rock gods Metallica, dubstep innovator Skrillex and the legendary Stevie Wonder. 2012 food vendors have yet to be announced, but if last year's options are any indication, mission-style Mexican food will definitely make an appearance. These San Francisco-inspired Grilled-Chicken Tacos are easy to make at home. After an overnight marinade, the chicken takes just 15 minutes to cook and you can even leave the assembly up to guests for a fast and fun DIY dinner party.

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San Francisco Chef Recipes
Grilled Chicken Recipes

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Meet Jacques Pepin in San Francisco

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Essential Pepin

Courtesy Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Though you can see him whenever you please in how-to videos on foodandwine.com, it's not every day that you get to meet Jacques Pépin. Today, San Franciscans had that opportunity at Ominvore Books, where the French master chef chatted about his new book, Essential Pepin. Those seeking digital instruction at home can try his inventive Chicken Bouillabaisse, inspired by the tomatoey-fennel flavors of the traditional seafood stew, but filled with chicken, kielbasa and potatoes.

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French Main Courses
Dishes from the French Masters

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Babbo’s First Lunch

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Chicken Thighs

© Lucy Schaeffer / Chicken Thighs

For the first time in its 14 years of existence, Mario Batali’s Babbo opened for lunch today. Dinnertime reservations are notoriously hard to secure at the New York restaurant, which, according the menu obtained by Eater, served Turkey Porchetta and Orecchiette with Stinging Nettles and Salami this afternoon, along with a $49 four-course prix fixe —$20 less than the cheapest tasting served in the evenings. While the new daytime hours will make it easier and more affordable to try Babbo, this recipe for crispy Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Crumbs and Snap Peas is the fastest and cheapest way to taste Batali's food. Anchovy fillets mixed into the bread crumbs adds a salty, complex flavor to the quick-cooking dish.

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Great Grilled Chicken Recipes
Anchovy Recipes

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Ana Sortun's Chicken Shawarma for the Boston Marathon

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Chicken Shawarma

© Kana Okada / Chicken Shawarma

Today's record heat in the Northeast made the Boston Marathon—held annually on Patriot's Day—especially grueling. While last year’s winner was the fastest in history, this year’s victor, Wesley Korir, finished the 26.2 miles with the second slowest time since 1985. Residents who have the day off, however, are surely enjoying the nice weather the area's great restaurants like Ana Sortun's Middle Eastern takeout spot Sofra in Cambridge. Her Chicken Shawarma with Green Beans and Zucchini would make a terrific healthy meal for anyone recovering from exercise or just a case of the hot Mondays.

Related: More Recipes from Boston Chefs
Middle Eastern Dishes
Healthy Sandwiches

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Ward Away Bad Luck (and Hunger) with Wings

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Pepper and Salt Chicken Wings

© Andrew Purcell / Chicken Wings

Today is Friday the 13th, a day so feared that it inspired a franchise of horror movies. As luck would have it, there’s a household product that's often used as a defense against bad mojo: salt. Westerners throw it over their left shoulders to cast into the eye of the devil. It can balance a home’s chi according to the practice of Feng Shui. And Wiccans arrange salt in a circle to protect themselves from bad spirits. As long as you’re getting out the salt, why not make something delicious with it? F&W’s Pepper and Salt Chicken Wings get a crispy coating from coarse salt and a blend of black and white pepper. Though we can’t promise that the mineral will definitely bring good luck, these wings are really delicious.

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Salty Dishes
Fantastic Chicken Recipes

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Chork-Ready Chicken Stir-Fry

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Chicken Stir-Fry

© Quentin Bacon / Chicken Stir-Fry

Chopsticks or a fork? It’s a question that plagues the Asian food-loving Western world. Sushi is easy to grasp with chopsticks, but dumplings can be awkward and slippery. While using a fork may make you feel inexperienced, it's not as embarrassing as this new invention. Introducing the Chork: a set of chopsticks that can be flipped to become an elongated fork when you chicken out in front of a bowl of silky noodles or the last bits of rice. It doesn't matter what utensil you choose for this delectable Smoky-Hot Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry. Hey, the crispy, chile-spiked chicken will even taste good out of a spoon.

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Fast Asian Recipes
Fantastic Stir-Fry Recipes

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Seattle's Foodie Roots

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Chicken with Olives and Lemons

© Richard Gerhard Jung / Chicken with Olives

Recently ranked number one in Travel + Leisure's list of the Best Cities for Hipsters, Seattle is also one of the best cities for food lovers (see: coffee culture, doughnuts, Best New Chefs). But it hasn't always been that way. Seattle Magazine traces the city's obsession with food back to the 1962 World's Fair. Not only did the fair give the city its iconic Space Needle, but it also introduced Seattle to global cuisine, showcased foods of the Pacific Northwest and paved the way for today's terrific Seattle chefs such as Lark's Jonathan Sundstrom, who created this terrific recipe for Mediterranean Chicken with Olives and Preserved Lemon.

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Great Chicken Recipes
America's Healthiest Cities

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Better-than-Ballpark Chicken Sausage

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Chicken Sausage

© Antonis Achilleos / Chicken Sausage

Baseball season has officially begun with today's openers including the Phillies vs. the Florida Marlins at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park and the Colorado Rockies playing the San Francisco Giants on Coors Field in Denver. While ballpark food is improving (see Shake Shack at the Mets' Citi Field), one of the few benefits of watching a game at home is being able to eat whatever you want without stadium mark-ups. These Provençal-style chicken sausages are stuffed with pork fat, garlic and herbs for a superb take on the usual encased meat. They can even be made ahead to prep for Yankee Stadium's first game on Friday.

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Provençal Dishes

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