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Well-Fed Vegetarian

Bill Telepan’s Hearty Fettuccine with Walnut-Parsley Pesto

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In Well-Fed Vegetarian, chefs spotlight recipes that are worth forgoing meat.

Chef Bill Telepan

Photo courtesy of Telepan.

One of the ways that chef Bill Telepan—a member of F&W’s Chefs Make Change coalition—helps to improve kids’ lunches through Wellness in the Schools is by teaching cafeteria staff how to cook differently. A new partnership with Save the Children will expand these classes outside of New York City, starting with areas in Appalachia. Revising school menus often begins with recipes that avoid the processed meats that schools have the option of ordering.

Although Telepan’s fantastic Fettuccine with Walnut-Parsley Pesto isn’t landing in public schools anytime soon, the 30-minute recipe makes a hearty weekday meal when skipping meat at home.

Telepan was inspired to combine the nutty and herby flavors by meals he ate in Italy. The walnuts add a richness to a classic pesto made with parsley, an ingredient that’s easy to find in any season. “If I go to my mom’s garden, I can somehow find parsley all year-round,” says Telepan.

To add a bit more substance, or even to dress up leftovers from the previous night, he suggests mixing in some cooked white beans and adding a dollop of creamy ricotta.

See Telepan's Fettuccine with Walnut-Parsley Pesto Recipe

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Quick-Roasted Chicken for National Poultry Day

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Quick-Roasted Chicken

© Lucy Schaeffer / Quick-Roast Chicken

Today is National Poultry Day! Celebrate by learning how to perfectly prep a chicken. In a series of videos, master chef Jacques Pépin demonstrates the essential techniques for butterflying, chopping, trussing and carving. Another fantastic technique from Pépin: splitting the chicken and cutting between the leg andshoulder joints to cut cooking time in half. Try it tonight with his Quick-Roasted Chicken with Mustard and Garlic, ready in just one hour.

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Cooking Techniques to Perfect

Chefs Make Change

Why This Dish Makes a Difference

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Jenee Taylor

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As one of the extraordinary members of F&W’s Chefs Make Change coalition, New Orleans chef Emeril Lagasse helps at-risk young people through his Emeril Lagasse Foundation. One of Lagasse’s favorite partnerships is with the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), where he recently challenged culinary students to create a recipe with regional flavors for his “Dish That Makes a Difference” contest. This year’s winner is Janeé Taylor, an 18-year-old NOCCA graduate currently enrolled as a freshman at Johnson & Wales University. Her “Louisiana Surf and Turf” made with grilled rib eye, seafood mashed potatoes and Cajun asparagus will be featured on the menu at Lagasse’s restaurants in New Orleans, Las Vegas and Orlando throughout the month. Raising awareness for the programs, $5 from every dish will be donated back to the Emeril Lagasse Foundation. Here, Taylor talks about inspiration and plans for the future >

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Cocktails

Cocktail Guide Sneak Peek

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Cocktail Preview

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The latest edition of F&W Cocktails focuses on classic drinks and mixologists’ updates. Here, the Sidecar as interpreted by Jonny Raglin of San Francisco’s Comstock Saloon >

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Learning to Love Cilantro

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Lemongrass-Cilantro Chicken

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More than any other herb, cilantro is polarizing. In a moving coming-of-age-essay on Gilt Taste, food writer Mei Chin chronicles her relationship with the love-it-or-hate-it-herb, beginning with childhood loathing and concluding with a ravenous obsession with its pungent leaves. “Suddenly, one morning, I awoke longing to cram fistfuls of the stuff, fresh, into my mouth,” Chin writes. For those who wish to experiment in smaller doses, this Lemongrass-Cilantro Chicken with Honey Dipping Sauce incorporates cilantro in an overnight marinade that is equally fantastic on fish or pork.

Related: Great Cilantro Recipes
More Grilled Chicken Recipes
Cooking with Herbs

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