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Go Meat-Free for Paul McCartney's Birthday

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Fried Tofu

© Anson Smart / Fried Tofu

Today, Sir Paul McCartney turns 70. The legendary musician is, of course, best-loved for his work in The Beatles, but he spent an equal amount of time in Wings. Home cooks might be tempted to mark the knight's milestone with chicken wings—were it not for his ardent opposition to them. In 2010, the 40-year vegetarian and co-author of The Meat Free Monday Cookbook appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to duet with the host on a food-centric parody of "Yesterday." When Fallon attempted to add a verse about chicken wings, McCartney countered with tofu wings. In honor of McCartney's birthday, we're skipping the chicken today and instead suggest Fried Tofu with Spicy Ginger-Sesame Sauce. Pan-fried and topped with a soy-ginger sauce, this tofu dish is amazingly sweet, sticky, spicy and crispy.

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The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen Turns 30

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© Antonis Achilleos / Coconut Chicken

Today, the 30th Food & Wine Classic in Aspen kicks off with a full day of appetizing events. The action-packed weekend includes a 5K charity run led by Bobby Flay, a late night dessert bash hosted by Gail Simmons and a 30th anniversary party with music by Elvis Costello. In between, attendees can break for comfort food like Marcus Samuelsson's fried chicken, which he will demo Friday afternoon. If you aren't at the Classic but are craving crispy fried chicken, we suggest Samuelsson's Coconut Chicken with Pickled Pepper Collards. Soaked in buttermilk, coconut milk and garlic, the chicken takes on terrific, rich flavor before being coated with panko bread crumbs and fried.

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Give Broccoli a Chance

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Sesame Chicken

© Lucy Schaeffer / Sesame Chicken

Why does broccoli get cast as the bad guy? The green vegetable has arrived at the center of the America's debate about health care, the New York Times reports, with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia asking whether, if the government can oblige citizens to purchase health care, it might also require them to buy broccoli. The implication is that broccoli doesn't taste good—but that's easily disproven by Sesame-Coated Chicken with Broccoli. The F&W Test Kitchen's superfast recipe puts perfectly crisp-tender broccoli next to crunchy chicken in a spicy ginger-garlic sauce.

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Vending Machine Pizza to Hit U.S.

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Chicken Pizza

© Dana Gallagher / Chicken Pizza

Today's trendy pizzas come in two varieties: There are the hyperauthentic, Neopolitan-style pizzas that have become an obsession for some chefs, and then there are pizzas with mini-cheeseburgers for crusts. Somewhere in the middle are from-scratch pizzas that come from a vending machine called Let's Pizza, which will soon appear in America. According to the CEO of the company that distributes it, the machine turns flour, water, organic tomato sauce and various toppings into a complete pizza in just 2.5 minutes (thanks to an infrared oven). Fast pizza doesn't have to come from machine, though. This Roasted Chicken and Leek Pizza—which uses juicy, store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time—takes only ten minutes to cook on a pre-heated pizza stone in the oven.

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Grilled Chicken with Homemade Harissa

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Harissa Chicken

© Con Poulos / Harissa Chicken

Christopher Columbus discovered two very different important things: America and harissa, North Africa's fantastically spicy condiment made from chiles. According to NPR's food blog, The Salt, upon arriving in what would become Central America, the explorer and his crew discovered chiles—which Mexican cultures had been using for centuries—and sent them back to Europe, where they were distributed throughout Spanish and Portuguese colonies such as those in Africa. North Africans embraced the peppers and transformed them into delicious, sweat-inducing harissa. While today the sauce is available for purchase in stores, harissa is easy to make and this recipe for Harissa Chicken with Green-Chile-and-Tomato Salad uses the homemade chile sauce as both a marinade and an accompaniment.

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Why Tomatoes Are Red

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Chicken Shashlik

© Martin Morrell / Chicken Shashlik

Millions of years ago a meteor slammed into the earth, wiping out the dinosaurs—but that’s not all. According to new research published in Nature (via Phys.org), the impact and subsequent solar eclipse also created stressful conditions for the original tomato plant, causing it to triple in size and eventually bear red fruit. No matter what color they turned out to be, we're thankful that tomatoes endured the dire conditions on earth for the sake of pizza, BLTs and these Tomato-and-Cilantro-Marinated Chicken Shashlik kebabs. The supersimple marinade combines tangy grated tomatoes with garlic, olive oil and cilantro.

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Chris Lilly's Quick Barbecued Chicken

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Chicken with White BBQ Sauce

© Marcus Nilsson / Chicken with White BBQ Sauce

This weekend, New York's Madison Square Park will transform from a calm city park into a meat-and-smoke-filled urban barbecue pit. It's the 10th anniversary of the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party and pit masters from across the country will be there to show off their best ribs, brisket and more. One of the talented experts on the roster is Chris Lilly from Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q in Alabama. While Lilly will serve pulled pork shoulder at the event, home cooks can try his delicious and quick grilled chicken with a Big Bob signature, creamy white barbecue sauce.

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Mexico Welcomes Rick Bayless into the Order of the Aztec Eagle

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Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless

Top Chef Masters winner and Chicago-based champion of Mexican food Rick Bayless can now add Order of the Aztec Eagle to his list of accolades, which include Food & WineBest New Chef (1988) and three awards from the James Beard Foundation. The Mexican government honored Bayless with this latest distinction—the highest decoration awarded to foreigners—for his work promoting the cuisine throughout America via books, television shows and restaurants like his flagship, Frontera Grill. To get a taste of Bayless’s multi-award-winning cooking, we suggest his Chicken-Stuffed Tamal. The savory pie has the tender texture and rich corn flavor of tamales but takes much less time to put together.

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Walnut-Arugula Pesto Chicken

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Roast Chicken with Pesto

© Kirsten Strecker / Roast Chicken

Today, the New York Times profiled Maria Gandara, a woman whose pesto looks ordinary but “might as well [be] some rare liquid drug.” Her company, Buddhapesto, which she and her husband run out of their Woodstock farmhouse, makes just one product—basil pesto—but her customers are devout and, as the piece implies, possibly addicted. To try a different kind of pesto, we recommend this delicious basil-free version. Made with arugula, walnuts and Manchego cheese, the easy condiment is perfect with roast chicken, but will also upgrade a sandwich, pasta or sliced steak.

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Does Food Taste Better Outside?

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Balinese Grilled Chicken

© Anson Smart / Grilled Chicken

In this week's “Foodie Underground” column on EcoSalon, writer Anna Brones expounded on why she believes food tastes better when it's prepared and eaten outside. For Brones, it’s not just the view or the fresh air, it’s about simplification. “We take down all the walls that our everyday routines require us to put up, and we enjoy food for food’s sake,” Brones writes.

Australian chef Pete Evans is also a fan. On a surfing trip to Indonesia, he discovered this recipe for Balinese Grilled Chicken cooked over an open fire and now makes it for guests at his Sydney apartment by the beach. While we're sure the experience is extra special when the dish is served by the hunky chef overlooking the ocean, the chicken's simple marinade combining turmeric, chiles and ginger makes for a delicious meal whether you eat inside or out.

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Run with chefs and wine experts in the Celebrity Chef 5K and dance all night at Gail Simmons’ Last Bite Dessert Party during the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 20-22.