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Updated Chicken Chow Mein for Chinese New Year

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Chicken Chow Mein

© Dana Gallagher
Chicken Chow Mein

Happy Chinese New Year! For the next 15 days, revelers will welcome the Year of the Dragon with parades, fireworks and, most importantly, family dinners full of lucky foods. In the Chinese tradition, long noodles symbolize good luck and a long life. Updated Chicken Chow Mein—made with quick-cooking chicken sausage, hot and spicy red chiles and an unexpected splash of orange juice—is a superfast way to ensure longevity.

Related: Terrific Chinese Dishes
Great Wine Pairings for Chinese Food
Hearty, Healthy Noodle Recipes

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Adrian Grenier Stars at the International Gourmet Festival

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© Vila Joya
Adrian Grenier, Peter Glatzer and I are psyched about SHFT house wines.

It’s a busy time for food-festival groupies. South Beach Wine & Food Festival is coming soon (February 23–26!), then you've got to get to California for Pebble Beach Food & Wine (April 12–15) and before you know it, it’s the 30th anniversary of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen (June 15–17).
 
Now I’m obsessed with the just-wrapped International Gourmet Festival. The 10-day festival, at Vila Joya in Portugal’s beachy Algarve region, featured dinners with a million Michelin starred chefs. Well, 33 of them, and they came from all over Europe and the US (The Spotted Pig’s April Bloomfield, SHO’s Shaun Hergatt and Laurent Gras all represented for USA). Also running around were awesome food-loving celebs like Adrian Grenier, who, with filmmaker Peter Glatzer brought his new eco-friendly SHFT house wine (you’ll hear more about it the April issue of F&W), Sheryl Crow and Michael Imperioli. Plus a Russian billionaire who flew his plane to Paris to pick up some vodka and caviar for a party. Here are a few highlights from this year’s International Gourmet Festival.
 
Epic Dinner: In my idea of the ultimate potluck, a dozen elite chefs worth 20 Michelin stars combined to cook a 10-course dinner. That meal ran the gamut from a gorgeous foie gras starter topped with shredded crab and fermented cabbage sauce, from the three-starred Dutch chef Jonnie Boer, to a hearty main-course goulash from the Frankfurt chef Mario Lohninger (whom I still miss from his time at NYC’s Danube).
 
Epic After-Party: Adrian Grenier’s late-night DJ gig at Le Club, one of those awesome, cheesy Euro discos that becomes a lot better when someone’s playing decent music. Extra credit to Grenier—he’d spent the afternoon pouring his SHFT wine, and then woke up early the next day (well, at 1 p.m., which is early in the Algarve) to race go-karts.
 
Epic Day Trip: An expedition to Lisbon (it’s two hours away, when a German guy is driving a BMW). There we got to have the insane, custardy de Belem pastries for breakfast, a killer lunch at chef Jose Avillez’s 10-day-old Belcanto and a ride around the city in one of those adorable 1920s cable cars.

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Mario Batali's Sweet-and-Sour Chicken

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Italian Sweet-and-Sour Chicken

© Con Poulos
Italian Sweet-and-Sour Chicken

Mario Batali, one of the 10 superstar chefs committed to F&W’s Chefs Make Change coalition, chatted with co-hosts on The Chew last week about his pledge to cut off his famous red ponytail if The Mario Batali Foundation can raise $500,000 by February 7. The new online clip also reveals what Batali won't give up, so donate to Chefs Make Change for a rare chance to see this chef change his ways. Batali's program helps feed, educate and inspire kids. One new program is the Community CookShop, which teaches families how to cook with ingredients found in food pantries. Inspired by food-bank staples, Batali created this tangy Italian take on sweet-and-sour chicken for a delicious home-cooked meal.

Related: More Recipes from Mario Batali
Healthy Italian Dishes
Pantry Ingredient Essentials

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Emeril Lagasse’s Bacony Sauteed Radishes

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Sauteed Radishes

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Sauteed Radishes

Emeril Lagasse is a busy man. Along with his restaurant empire, his multitude of cookbooks and his TV spots—he’s a regular judge on this season’s Top Chef—the New Orleans–based chef runs his own charity for underprivileged kids. One recent success of the Emeril Lagasse Foundation is a culinary arts program for New Orleans high-school students. The foundation is also setting up a community farm in New Orleans. One possible crop: radishes. “Radishes grow just about anywhere,”Lagasse says in our February issue. “People think, ‘Oh it’s just a radish.’ But radishes are delicious, and people don’t think of cooking them.” For a quick and versatile side dish, Lagasse sautés radishes and their greens with tangy orange butter and crispy bacon. You can help the Emeril Lagasse Foundation and other inspiring chef-run organizations featured in Chefs Make Change by visiting foodandwine.com/donate.

Related: More Recipes from Emeril Lagasse
Delicious Radish Recipes
Quick and Tasty Side Dishes

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Jose Andres’s Homestyle Chicken Thighs

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Roast Chicken Thighs with Lentils

© Con Poulos
Roast Chicken Thighs with Lentils

Spanish chef José Andrés stops by F&W’s Facebook wall at 2 p.m. ET to chat live with fans for our January Iconversations series. Aside from his inspired cooking, TV spots and multiple restaurants—from Washington, DC’s Jaleo to China Poblano in Vegas—Andrés is also committed to charity and is one of 10 superstarsheadlining F&W’s Chefs Make Change coalition. His organization, World Central Kitchen, helps developing countries in crisis by building kitchens and feeding the hungry using ingredients bought from local purveyors. For F&W’s February issue, Andrés shared a homey dish of crisp roast chicken thighs with a pimentón-spiked lentil stew. "This is the sort of simple, humble food I have at home with my family on Friday night," says Andrés. Visit foodandwine.com/donate to donate to World Central Kitchen and to other brilliant chef-run organizations.

Related: More Recipes from José Andrés
Terrific Lentil Recipes
Great Recipes for Chicken Thighs

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