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Star Chefs Bake for a Cause

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Locanda Verde Cookies

Courtesy of Locanda Verde

On Saturday, July 7th, some of New York's most talented chefs and pastry chefs will contribute to what promises to be a spectacular bake sale. Cookies for Kids' Cancer, an incredible organization founded by a mom who lost her son to neuroblastoma, will be selling treats from Momofuku Milk Bar’s Christina Tosi, Red Rooster’s Deborah Racicot, ABC Kitchen’s Dan Kluger and Locanda Verde's Karen Demasco among others. Though the group hosts sales to benefit pediatric cancer treatment and research all over the country, this one will be takes place from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. In East Hampton's Amagansette Square. Can't attend? You can still donate, buy cookies online or even host your own bake sale for the organization by visiting cookiesforkidscancer.org.

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Chicken Dance

Fourth of July Warm-Up Wings

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Apricot Wings

© Marcus Nilsson / Apricot Wings

Today, the Washington Post published history lesson on Independence Day, revealing that it wasn't originally scheduled for the Fourth of July. On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia and approved a resolution for independence from Britain. The next day, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail telling her of the great accomplishment and forecasting future celebrations: “The Second of July, 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History if America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival.” It's safe to say that Adams jumped the gun, but that doesn't mean you can't start your Independence Day celebration today. Ready in just 40 minutes, these Spicy Apricot Wings from all-American pitmaster Chris Lilly are a fast and flavorful way to warm up your grill for the big event on Wednesday.

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Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

Luscious Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble

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Early Summer Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble

© Stephanie Meyer

I don’t know about you, but right now, I have way too many farmers’ market strawberries and rhubarb in my freezer and I need to make way for the fruits coming into season this week. Spring and summer came early in Minnesota this year, and the rhubarb was amazing—sweet and long, tart and red.

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Chicken Dance

Beer Can Chicken—For or Against?

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Adam Perry Lang

Courtesy 'Charred & Scruffed' / Grill Master Adam Perry Lang

Blogger and self-proclaimed “Barbecue Whisperer” Meathead has a bone to pick with beer can chicken. In a detailed attack on the Huffington Post, Meathead assails the popular summertime grilling method—in which a whole chicken is perched on top of an opened can of beer—as “a gimmick and a waste of good beer.” While Meathead makes a good case, arguing that the beer adds neither moisture nor flavor to the chicken, cooking a chicken on a can does have its advantages. In F&W's recipe, grilling guru Adam Perry Lang admits that beer vapors do little to the meat, but explains that propping the bird up vertically allows juices to flow over the breast, keeping the meat super-succulent—plus there's no special equipment required. And while it may be a waste of beer, the less you drink, the safer it will be to pull the whole thing off. See Meathead for a list of impending dangers.

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The Week in Food

Technicolor PBR

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Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer. Courtesy of Pabst Brewing Company.

Courtesy of Pabst Brewing Company

The Week in Food looks at noteworthy food or food-related inventions, announcements and other "firsts" throughout history.

The introduction of an interstate highway system in the 1950s made cross-country delivery easier and more economical, allowing companies like breweries, which were mostly local or regional, to expand their consumer base for the first time. With greater sales potential on the horizon, Milwaukee’s Pabst Brewing Company chose to market to a national audience on June 25, 1951 via America's first color TV beer commercial.

"What'll You Have? Pabst Blue Ribbon!" >>>

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