How to Eat Like an Editor-in-Chief

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By F&W Editors Posted January 08, 2016

In the 21 years that Dana Cowin has been Food & Wine's editor-in-chief, she's eaten spectacular and unusual dishes from all over the world. But in the F&W offices, we know that nothing gets her attention like fried chicken—except maybe wings or cookies or caviar.

In honor of her last day at Food & Wine, we compiled a list of recipes for Dana’s favorite foods. Pour yourself a craft beer (one of Dana's preferred beverages) and toast her with one or all of these delicious things.

1. Fried Chicken

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Dana is on record as being a “fried-chicken freak.” This Creole-spiced recipe is extra-juicy thanks to a long brine in sweet tea and buttermilk. Frying it in lard gives it exceptional, crackling-like skin.

2. Chicken Wings

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Yes, wings are technically fried chicken, but Dana loves them so much that they deserve separate mention. This recipe calls for spiking the wings with pungent Old Bay.

3. Cookies

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Dana is a cookie connoisseur, and she's declared these double-chocolate ones to be the most delicious she's ever had. They’re like crispy-chewy brownies in cookie form.

4. Croissants

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A simple, buttery croissant is one of Dana's top pastry picks. This high-rising recipe is close to ideal.

5. Bread

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One of Dana’s favorite meals in 2015 was at Semilla in Brooklyn. While she loved so many of this vegetable-centric restaurant's dishes, she said she'd return for the bread alone, which is made from a different grain every day. This whole-grain loaf gets its deep flavor from earthy rye berry.

6. Salted Caramel

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Like most of us, Dana loves gooey salted caramel. We think it’s especially amazing in this super-easy pie.

7. Caviar

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Dana loves many humble foods, but she’s not one to deny herself the occasional spoonful of briny, buttery caviar. Splurge on a tin and enjoy it in her honor with smoked sturgeon and rye crackers.

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