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Hugh Acheson to Divide His “Hughnibrow” for Charity

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Grilled Quail

© Tina Rupp
Grilled Quail

Top Chef judge and F&W Best New Chef 2002 Hugh Acheson has vowed to split his iconic “Hughnibrow” in the name of charity. Grub Street reports that if the organization Wholesome Wave—chef Michel Nischan's charity, which focuses on making locally grown produce more available and affordable—raises $100,000 by March 1, then Acheson will pluck his upper facial hair. In support of the Georgia-based chef's charitable grooming goal (even if we recommend waxing), we've downsized today's Chicken Dance to a more petite poultry. Quails are so small that Acheson likes to allot two of these flavorful grilled birds per person, with a seasonal spinach-and-pomegranate salad. It's funny how often two is better than one.

Related: Healthy Poultry Recipes
Winter Comfort Foods
Great Do-Good Wines

Plus: Christmas Recipes

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Just Say Yes to the Meatball Movement

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Chicken Meatball Soup

© Yunhee Kim
Chicken Meatball Soup

Over the weekend, NPR commentator Bonny Wolf discussed the many "meatballeries" opening across the country. She's not shocked: "Meatballs are affordable and familiar. They’re a happy food in hard times." We're not surprised either, because meatballs are delicious and supereasy to make at home. This Chicken Meatball and Orzo Soup combines the restorative properties of chicken soup with homey meatballs made from chicken sausage to create a fast and ultra-comforting meal.

Related: More Great Meatball Soups
Tasty Meatball Recipes
Fantastic Comfort Foods

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Baked Eggs Inspired by Martha Stewart’s Busy Chickens

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Eggs Baked Over Mushrooms

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Eggs Baked Over Mushrooms

Martha Stewart’s chickens are almost as busy as she is. The Wall Street Journal’s interactive guide to a day in the life of the media mogul reveals that the 200 chickens on Stewart's upstate New York farm produce enough eggs to supply her show, office kitchen and staff, who can take eggs home. While farm eggs are wonderful at breakfast, F&W's Kristin Donnelly likes to turn them into a light Francophile lunch (also great for dinner). Her recipe for Eggs Baked Over Sautéed Mushrooms and Spinach, paired with a glass of juicy Beaujolais, makes a filling meal for less than 600 calories.

Related: Tasty and Healthy Egg Recipes
Amazing French Dishes
Beaujolais Pairings

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Quest Loves Fried Chicken

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Fried Chicken Kebabs

© Marcus Nilsson
Fried Chicken Kebabs

When he's not drumming with the Roots on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Questlove wants to sell fried chicken from food trucks. According to Adweek, Questlove got the idea on the West Coast. "So at three in the morning, I'm watching these people kill all this Mexican corn. And I was like, Man, I want a food truck," he told the publication. His Philly-based start-up, called Quest Loves Food, will focus on Lancaster County fried chicken drumsticks for now, but the idea could lead to a fleet of trucks that caters to music festivals. The basics of any great food truck food: Make it delicious and portable. F&W's fried chicken kebabs start with ground chicken rolled into balls and fried, then served on skewers. Even if Quest doesn't take our suggestion, this fast recipe makes great holiday party food.

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Christmas Party Ideas
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Japan's World-Class Comfort Food

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Stir-Fried Udon Noodles

© Lucy Schaeffer
Stir-Fried Udon Noodles

As of this week, Japan holds more Michelin stars than France—even though the guide is published in France. Thirty-two Japanese restaurants earned the maximum three-star rating for 2012, while just 25 French restaurants received the honor in the most recent guide (the next version comes out in February). While these high-end restaurants are among the many reasons Japan makes an incredible destination for food lovers, the country also has an incredible knack for comfort food (see: ramen, tempura and soba). This recipe for Stir-Fried Udon Noodles with chicken, shrimp and vegetables from Chicago Chef Takashi Yagihashi makes a great intro for the home cook.

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Great Recipes for Udon Noodles
Tasty Stir-Fry Recipes

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Chicken and Kale Can Be Happy (and Delicious) Together

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Roasted Chicken with Kale

© Tina Rupp
Roasted Chicken with Kale

The Huffington Post reports that a Vermont artist whose home screen-printing business is built around the slogan ’Eat More Kale’ is under attack from the fried-chicken chain Chik-fil-A. The company claims that Bo Muller-Moore’s veggie-friendly catchphrase is too close to its own trademarked ’Eat Mor Chikin.’ We see no reason why the two slogans can’t live happily together, just like chicken and kale do in Grace Parisi’s Roasted Chicken Legs with Potatoes and Kale. The chicken’s meaty juices infuse the dark greens, creating a delicious and harmonious one-pan meal.

Related: More Hearty One-Pan Meals
Great Kale Recipes
Fantastic Roasted Chicken Recipes

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Quick and Light Vinegar-Braised Chicken

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Vinegar-Braised Chicken

© Tina Rupp
Vinegar-Braised Chicken

After Thanksgiving and the requisite parade of leftovers, your stomach (and oven) deserves some down time before Christmas. These cacciatore-inspired chicken thighs are quickly braised in red wine vinegar instead of red wine, which cuts down on calories while retaining flavor. The chicken browns nicely and the vinegar reduces to a delicious glaze, for a meal that's done in 30 minutes.

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Easy No-Cook Recipes

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Manly Pulled-Chicken Sandwiches

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Pulled-Chicken Sandwich

© Ngoc Minh Ngo
Pulled-Chicken Sandwich

The December issue of Men’s Health, which hits shelves today, names Pittsburgh’s Primanti Bros. as the manliest restaurant in America because the Pennsylvania staple stuffs sandwiches with side dishes like coleslaw and french fries. According to the magazine, this allows the eater to "perform some sort of manual labor with your right hand and eat with your left." We’ll keep the fries on the side, but adding crisp, creamy coleslaw to sandwiches like this North Carolina barbecue–inspired Pulled-Chicken Sandwich makes for a match made in (healthy) manly heaven.

Related: Delicious, Hearty Sandwiches
Southern Comfort Food Recipes
Sandwich Side Dishes

Plus: F&W's Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide

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A Light Start to the Week: Chinese Chicken Salad

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Chinese Chicken Salad

© Tina Rupp
Chinese Chicken Salad

Food & Wine’s Senior Recipe Developer, Grace Parisi, returns for the final installment of her live Thanksgiving chat series tomorrow, Tuesday, November 22, at 2 p.m. ET on Facebook. Taking over our fan page, Parisi will answer all of your last-minute holiday questions. Since the forthcoming week will present myriad opportunities foroverindulgence, we present Parisi's Grilled Chinese Chicken Salad for tonight's Chicken Dance—so you can at least start the week with a light and low-effort dinner.

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Beaujolais Nouveau Celebrates 60 Years

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Fried Chicken Liver Salad

© Anna Williams
Fried Chicken Liver Salad

Today marks the 60th release of Beaujolais Nouveau, a fruity French red aged for just a few weeks and meant to be consumed in almost as limited a window. Whether or not you partake in the festivities surrounding this inexpensive, minimally fussed-over wine, the occasion also offers an excuse to open great Beaujolais bottles during dinner. Light enough to pair with chicken (or turkey!), a structured Beaujolais with lush, spicy fruit, like the 2009 Potel-Aviron Vieilles Vignes Moulin-à-Vent, can stand up to earthy, smoky flavors in this Fried Chicken Liver, Bacon and Tomato Salad with Ranch Dressing from Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook of Animal Restaurant in Los Angeles.

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More Substantial Main-Course Salads
Delicious Chicken Liver Recipes

Plus: F&W's Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide

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