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Chicken Dance

James Beard Nominee Michael Chiarello’s Picnic-Perfect Chicken

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Roast Chicken

© Cedric Angeles / Roast Chicken

The James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala at Lincoln Center this evening marks the finale of festivities that included Friday's media awards (where Food & Wine won for Susan Choi’s profile of “The Spice Wizardry of Lior Lev Sercarz.”) Tonight, the spotlight is turned to chefs and restaurants with regional nominees such as Top Chef winner Paul Qui in the Southwest, F&W contributor Andrew Zimmern in the Great Lakes and, in the Pacific, Michael Chiarello. Nominated for his work at Bottega in Yountville, Chiarello’s Italian-style wine country cooking is equally delicious outside of the restaurant. His Roast Brined Chicken with Raisin and Pine Nut Agrodolce can even be made-ahead and served at room temperature for a casual weeknight dinner party.

Related: Great Picnic Recipes
Fantastic Roast Chicken
More Recipes from Michael Chiarello

Test Kitchen Tease

Fried Egg BLTs with Arugula Aioli

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Warning: Test Kitchen Tease snapshots may cause cravings, lip-smacking and an unshakeable desire to cook.

Fried Egg BLTs with Arugula Aioli

Justin Chapple

This week, the F&W Test Kitchen discovered a unique recipe that satisfies cravings for fried eggs and bacon. We toasted slices of rustic Italian bread until golden, then topped them with a vibrant arugula aioli, succulent heirloom tomatoes, frisée, chewy-crisp bacon and decadent sunny-side up eggs. The only issue we encountered was how quickly six sandwiches disappeared in the presence of marauding editors. The recipe will appear in an upcoming book project, but to make a similar recipe this weekend we recommend trying Thomas Keller's fast and gooey BLT Fried Egg-and-Cheese Sandwich.

Related: Egg Breakfast Recipes

Brunch Recipes

Chicken Dance

Fast Pan-Fried Chicken for Derby Day

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Mint Julep

© Wendell T. Webber / Mint Julep

Along with Cinco de Mayo, tomorrow also marks the 138th Kentucky Derby. The most exciting two minutes in sports is classically celebrated with big hats, big bets and many mint juleps. For quick sustenance, this crispy Kentucky Pan-Fried Chicken can be made in under 30 minutes. The chicken is dredged in a tangy buttermilk mixture and fried in lard for an indulgent crunch.

Related: Kentucky Derby Drinks
Delicious Fried Chicken
Southern Comfort Food

Chicken Dance

Make-Ahead Tamales for Cinco de Mayo

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Quick Chicken Tamales

© Tina Rupp

Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexico's victory over France in the 1862 Battle of Puebla on the 5th of May, but Americans have adopted the date as an opportunity to toast the country's vast food culture with icy margaritas. While many authentic Mexican recipes take patience (though we have a Oaxacan chef's shortcut for mole negro), F&W's Grace Parisi came up with an ingenious tamale shortcut. Made with store-bought rotisserie chicken, these super-simple chicken-and-cheese tamales take 45 minutes to make, but can be prepped up to two days ahead for a Cinco de Mayo party on Saturday.

Related: Phil Ward's Tips for Making Perfect Margaritas
America's Best Margarita Bars

What To Drink Next

Phil Ward's Perfect Margaritas

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Mayahuel

Courtesy of Mayahuel

Phil Ward, co-owner of New York City’s tequila and mezcal den, Mayahuel, has strong opinions about the margarita: “It has sold a lot of really bad tequila, but it’s a relevant drink—up there with the classics.” While some of our favorite bars take liberties with their recipes, Ward is a purist. Here are his three rules for making an exceptional margarita >

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