© Quentin Bacon / Chicken Parmesan
Umami—a Japanese word that means "the essence of deliciousness," a.k.a the fifth taste, is now equated with glutamate, an amino acid found in some foods, but an Art of Eating essay published online yesterday delves deeper into the history of the once-elusive taste and its importance. According to writer Rowan Jacobsen, many cultures loved umami even before it was identified: The Chinese have soy sauce, Koreans devour kimchi, Australians use vegemite and Americans adore ketchup. By recognizing umami as a separate taste with its own identity, Jacobsen believes we open the doors to more delicious food combinations. “We can perceive it, think about it, play with it, and realize when it’s needed,” Jacobsen writes. “We can understand what anchovies and soy sauce have in common, and by understanding that, can appreciate their differences.” This Chicken Parmesan with Pepperoni features a triptych of umami-packed ingredients—Parmesan, tomato and pepperoni—in a quick weeknight dish.
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Today, the New York Times awarded Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok NY a commendable two stars. The Southeast Asian restaurant is the latest offering from the bicoastal chef who owns three restaurants in Portland, OR and two in New York. In addition to serving Northern Thai specialties like minced pork salad and frog-leg soup, Pok Pok NY also features his signature dish: Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings. Available at all of Ricker’s restaurants, they can also be made at home using the recipe Ricker shared with Food & Wine. The tangy, fish sauce-marinated wings get a double-dose of crunch from being fried until golden and then tossed with crispy fried garlic.
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© Lucy Schaeffer / Chicken Saltimbocca
An artisanal meat company wants Americans to declare ham independence now. Iowa-based La Quercia asserts that domestic prosciutto rivals European products in terms of quality and will celebrate Ham Independence from June 28 to the Fourth of July. Quercia even wrote this, The Declaration of the disUnited Ham Eaters of the United States: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are endowed by their creator with certain un-alienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Prosciutto of Happiness.” Festivities kick of tomorrow with a ham-filled party at the Des Moines Playhouse featuring La Quericia’s Acorn Edition Prosciutto. Additionally, stores across the country are participating with prosciutto sales, tasting events and cured meat classes. Terrific on its own, prosciutto is also fantastic when cooked as in Lidia Bastianich’s Chicken Saltimbocca. The recipe features chicken breasts covered with thin slices of prosciutto di Parma seared until crisp, but an high-quality American product would also be delicious.
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© John Kernick / Chicken with Cashews
It may seem like Anthony Bourdain simply appeared one day in the kitchens of New York City with a cleaver in one hand and a beer in the other, but the bad-boy chef has a birthday just like the rest of us—and it’s today. In the July issue of Food & Wine, Bourdain and his nice-guy chef buddy Eric Ripert spoke to Kate Krader about today's food trends. Asked about fusion cooking, Bourdain responded: “As long as chefs are combining cuisines that are actually having sex with each other, I think the cross-cultural cooking trend is appropriate. Some chefs can pull it off; most can’t. The guys at Torrisi [in New York City] do it well.” Wish Bourdain a happy birthday with Chicken with Candied Cashews. The Italian-leaning Torrisi chefs Mario Carbone and Rich Torrisi transform Chinese cashew chicken into a fancy appetizer featuring the chicken "oyster," an extremely tasty piece of meat that's prized by French chefs.
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© John Kernick / Chicken Salad
Tomorrow, New York City will experience its first annual Bacon Bash. The event will unite restaurants and bars like microbrew specialist Little Town NYC to serve bacony bites like pork meatball sliders with pancetta, while confectionaries will emphasize the sweeter side of America's meat obsession via bacon chocolates and boozy bacon cupcakes covered in candied bacon. Proving that bacon love endures at its most insane levels, the $50 event at the Arena Event Space in Times Square is sold out except for a final 6:30 p.m. session. For a lower-key bash at home, we suggest these Baby Brioches with Chicken Salad and Bacon. The two-bite snacks come together in just 25 minutes.
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Space food has evolved way beyond freeze-dried ice cream and Tang. Since the 1980s, tortillas have been a large part of an astronaut's diet. “Sure they taste great,” former NASA pilot Charlie Justiz told Culturemap.com, “but that's not the reason tortillas are in space. It's because bread has crumbs and tortillas don't. You can't have crumbs floating around and clogging up the air vents. We've been sending them up for decades to the ISS (International Space Station) and on the shuttles. We used to get them from a little tortilla place near El Paso.” Down on Earth, tortillas are just as useful as they are in space and equally delicious, especially when filled with juicy rotisserie chicken—as they are in these Chicken and Cabbage Tacos with Cilantro Cream.
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© Tina Rupp / Chicken Drumsticks
Thanks to a warm winter and a mild, early spring, pre-season honeybees are catching urban beekeepers—and pedestrians—by surprise. Rather than fear the swarms of (friendly when unprovoked) bees, New Yorkers should use the abundant honey in recipes like this Honey-Soy Sauce Chicken with Mâche-and-Citrus Salad. As Chase Emmons, a managing partner of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, told the New York Times: “City folk should be happy that we’re getting early-season honey.” Of course, non-New York residents can also make the sticky, salty-sweet drumsticks with their own local honey.
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© 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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