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Wine Pairing Simplified

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Wine Pairing Simplified

© John Kernick

Danny Meyer shares his strategy: Go for the smile.

“With a show of hands, who thinks the Riesling was the best overall for pairing with food?” Danny Meyer asked the audience at Sauce on the Side: Wine, Wieners & the Works. During his seminar at last year’s F&W Classic in Aspen, attendees tasted a range of wines with a hot dog and several toppings to find the ideal matches. My hand shot up, and I was sure that nearly every other hand in the room would shoot up, too. Was I wrong: The Riesling got about as many votes as the Syrah and Pinot Noir. Even the Sauvignon Blanc received hefty crowd support, and I thought it’d been god-awful with just about everything. And that was exactly Meyer’s point.

 

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Chicken Dance

Grilled Chicken with Homemade Harissa

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Harissa Chicken

© Con Poulos / Harissa Chicken

Christopher Columbus discovered two very different important things: America and harissa, North Africa's fantastically spicy condiment made from chiles. According to NPR's food blog, The Salt, upon arriving in what would become Central America, the explorer and his crew discovered chiles—which Mexican cultures had been using for centuries—and sent them back to Europe, where they were distributed throughout Spanish and Portuguese colonies such as those in Africa. North Africans embraced the peppers and transformed them into delicious, sweat-inducing harissa. While today the sauce is available for purchase in stores, harissa is easy to make and this recipe for Harissa Chicken with Green-Chile-and-Tomato Salad uses the homemade chile sauce as both a marinade and an accompaniment.

Related: Tasty, Spicy Recipes
Fantastic Grilled Chicken
Homemade Condiments

News

Introducing: The Parm Dog at PDT

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The salami-and-pepperoni-topped Parm Dog is Coming to PDT.

kate krader

It's the NBA finals and the Big Three are dominating conversation. For the Miami Heat: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. For the Oklahoma City Thunder: Kevin Durant (hero), Russell Westbrook, and James Harden.

In New York City, I like to think that we have our own Big Three. Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone, the geniuses behind Torrisi Italian Specialties and Parm (and Food & Wine Best New Chefs 2012, yippee!), have teamed up with Jim Meehan, who helms the outstanding cocktail bar PDT (and edits F&W Cocktails 2012). Introducing: the Parm Dog. (Well, that's not the actual name; the real name is being decided as we speak.) Here's Carbone on the delicious, messy hot dog, which features some of the great hits on the Parm Italian combo sandwich: "It's Genoa salami and pepperoni rolled up. The toasted bun gets a slick of our spicy [B&G hot sauce] and it's topped with a slice of provolone, shredded lettuce and sliced tomato. Finally it get our Italian salad dressing and sliced b&g hot peppers."

The Big Three: Rich Torrisi, Jim Meehan & Mario Carbone.

kate krader

And here's Torrisi on creating a hot dog for PDT, an honor that has also gone to elite chefs Wylie Dufresne and David Chang: “We tried to doggify everything on the Parm menu,” says Torrisi. “We liked this best.”

The Parm Dog will be coming to PDT soon (let's hope for the end of June).

Related: Torrisi Italian Specialties' New York State of Mind

F&W Best New Chefs 2012

Cocktail Party Tips from Jim Meehan

 

 

Chicken Dance

Why Tomatoes Are Red

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Chicken Shashlik

© Martin Morrell / Chicken Shashlik

Millions of years ago a meteor slammed into the earth, wiping out the dinosaurs—but that’s not all. According to new research published in Nature (via Phys.org), the impact and subsequent solar eclipse also created stressful conditions for the original tomato plant, causing it to triple in size and eventually bear red fruit. No matter what color they turned out to be, we're thankful that tomatoes endured the dire conditions on earth for the sake of pizza, BLTs and these Tomato-and-Cilantro-Marinated Chicken Shashlik kebabs. The supersimple marinade combines tangy grated tomatoes with garlic, olive oil and cilantro.

Related: Fantastic Grilled Chicken
Delicious Tomato Recipes
Kebab Recipes

Kitchen Trash

Predictions for "The Real Housewives of New York City"

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Pinot-filled hats, toaster oven cookbooks and more RHONY predictions.

Courtesy of iStock.

The intriguing eating and imbibing habits in the premiere of The Real Housewives of New York City may foreshadow the twists and turns on future episodes.

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