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Surprise Avocados Make an Appearance

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Spicy Chicken, Avocado and Mango Salad

© Tina Rupp / Chicken Salad

During a recent visit to the Pasadena, California, farmers’ market, LA Weekly’s Felicia Friesema discovered a new, thin-skinned and supercreamy avocado. Aptly named the Surprise, this dark black fruit—a cross between the Hass and Zutano varieties—can be eaten whole, save for the small, marble-size pit. The rich, silky-smooth avocado's season is almost over, but its popularity should mean that more Surprises will turn up in markets next February. Whether you track down a Surprise or just have a perfectly ripe Hass on hand, this Spicy Chicken, Avocado and Mango Salad drizzled with a citrusy chile-lime dressing makes for a fast, tropical lunch or a light dinner.

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Kitchen Trash

"Mob Wives" Star Big Ang's Guide to Cooking for Wise Guys

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Big Ang from VH1's Mob Wives

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Big Ang, a.k.a. Angela Raiola, the breakout star of VH1’s hit reality series Mob Wives shares her secrets to wooing a wise guy.

“They like a lot of hot things. Like me.” >

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Bachelor-Worthy Wines

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Bachelor and winemaker Ben Flajnik

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Ben Flajnik, the star of the latest season of ABC’s The Bachelor, is—contrary to what people might guess—a legitimate, honest-to-God winemaker. In 2008, he started Sonoma’s Envolve Winery with partners Mike Benziger and Danny Fay, focusing on small-production organic and biodynamic bottlings from top vineyards around the region. We asked him for his favorite date wines. >

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Chicken Tinga Tacos for SXSW

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Chicken Tinga Tacos

© David Malosh / Chicken Tinga

Aside from the media events, music and parties, one of the major highlights of the SXSW festival happening in Austin right now is the tacos. Today at 2 p.m. CST, regional chain Torchy’s Tacos is holding an eating contest with a notable man to beat, local competitive eater Hungry Todd Rungy. The winner must be the fastest to devour two massive Ace of Spades tacos—each one an eight-inch flour tortilla filled with jalapeño sausage, smoked brisket, a fried egg, cheese, green chili queso, cilantro, queso fresco, sour cream and hot sauce. In the spirit of the event, but much more manageable, these Chicken Tinga Tacos are braised in a smoky Mexican tomato sauce that requires only a few ingredients, including canned tomatoes and chipotles in adobo.

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Health

Can It Be True?

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Red meat is not having a great month. First pink slime. Now, a new study shows that all red meat is bad for your health, even the delicious unprocessed kind. Read more >

 

 

 

 

 

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