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Crazy-Good Spicy Tuna Burgers

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

Spicy Tuna Burgers

Justin Chapple

Warmer days are fast approaching and F&W’s Test Kitchen is consumed by recipes that will be ideal for summer get-togethers—refreshing vegetable dishes, barbecued steaks and burgers. This week we grilled a healthy stand-in for the typical beef patty using freshly minced sushi-quality tuna that’s seasoned with Chinese hot mustard and garlic. The spicy tuna burgers were beautifully charred on the outside and rare in the center, then served with a savory-sweet glaze—made by reducing soy, mirin and sake—and an intensely spicy Sriracha mayonnaise with toasted sesame oil.

This recipe will be ready in time for July cook-outs, but in the meantime, practice with these offbeat Thai Tuna Burgers with Ginger-Lemon Mayonnaise from grilling master Steven Raichlen.

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Tuna Recipes

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Ward Away Bad Luck (and Hunger) with Wings

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Pepper and Salt Chicken Wings

© Andrew Purcell / Chicken Wings

Today is Friday the 13th, a day so feared that it inspired a franchise of horror movies. As luck would have it, there’s a household product that's often used as a defense against bad mojo: salt. Westerners throw it over their left shoulders to cast into the eye of the devil. It can balance a home’s chi according to the practice of Feng Shui. And Wiccans arrange salt in a circle to protect themselves from bad spirits. As long as you’re getting out the salt, why not make something delicious with it? F&W’s Pepper and Salt Chicken Wings get a crispy coating from coarse salt and a blend of black and white pepper. Though we can’t promise that the mineral will definitely bring good luck, these wings are really delicious.

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Salty Dishes
Fantastic Chicken Recipes

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Chork-Ready Chicken Stir-Fry

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Chicken Stir-Fry

© Quentin Bacon / Chicken Stir-Fry

Chopsticks or a fork? It’s a question that plagues the Asian food-loving Western world. Sushi is easy to grasp with chopsticks, but dumplings can be awkward and slippery. While using a fork may make you feel inexperienced, it's not as embarrassing as this new invention. Introducing the Chork: a set of chopsticks that can be flipped to become an elongated fork when you chicken out in front of a bowl of silky noodles or the last bits of rice. It doesn't matter what utensil you choose for this delectable Smoky-Hot Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry. Hey, the crispy, chile-spiked chicken will even taste good out of a spoon.

Related: Delicious Asian Dishes
Fast Asian Recipes
Fantastic Stir-Fry Recipes

Pop Culture

Fergie's Voli Light Vodka, and Diet Secrets

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Fergie poses with her new vodka, Voli Light.

© Russell James for Voli Light Vodkas.

After eight nonstop years of touring with the Black Eyed Peas, musician Fergie’s taking an indefinite break to focus on other projects, like her new low-calorie vodka, Voli, which comes in six flavors: Original Lyte, lemon, orange vanilla, pear vanilla, raspberry cocoa and espresso vanilla.
 
“I think a lot of people with healthy lifestyles like me, who love to work out, work hard, socialize and have a drink at the end of the day, have been craving something like Voli,” says Fergie. “I put the cocoa fusion or orange vanilla over ice, and it’s perfect. There are no extra sugars, and it’s a drink that doesn’t need any mixers.”
 
Although she works out almost every day and uses a meal delivery service to stay in shape, she does break her healthy habits for certain restaurants. Here's How Fergie Cheats on Her Diet.

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Cocktail Recipes
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Cocktails with House-Distilled Spirits

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Mile High Spirits

Courtesy of Mile High Spirits

 

 

As interest in locally made spirits grows, a handful of small craft distilleries are now serving their own cocktails. In Denver, Mile High Spirits serves only liquors made on premises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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