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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

Grace in the Kitchen

Thai One On

Quick Shrimp Pad Thai // © Kate Mathis

This fast version of American-style pad thai comes together in just 30 minutes. Look for the noodles in the Asian section of markets. / © Kate Mathis

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

As bad as the Chinese food is in my neighborhood, the Thai is worse—primarily because the restaurants promise so much with their artful storefronts and quaint Siamese decor—but they always fall short. Too sweet, too spicy, no subtlety...the list goes on. Honestly, it's like they're catering to a bunch of Americans. Strangely though, I can get loads of great Asian ingredients, which means I can DIY. (DIM?) Thai food can be a bit sweet, but it's the balance of sweet, salty and tart that I especially love. This quick pad thai is just that—a nicely balanced quick version that certainly stands up to (if not smacks down) any restaurant pad thai I've ever had. SEE RECIPE »

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Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

Mom's Best Gazpacho

Andrew Zimmern’s Gazpacho

© Stephanie Meyer

I adore cold soups. When I was young, my mother started her first vegetable garden just so she could make this dish, and she grew everything it required. I was impressed. So were our friends. My mom’s gazpacho was one of those recipes that everyone requested. It’s crucial to refrigerate the gazpacho for several hours before serving—not only does it need to chill, but you also need to let the flavors come together. Read more >

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Test Kitchen Tease

Snack-Perfect Tarte Flambée


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

Tarte Flambée

Justin Chapple

Occasionally in the F&W Test Kitchen we revisit recipes because they need some tweaking, but more often we revisit recipes just because they’re delicious and we’re hungry. This week we were craving this snack-perfect version of tarte flambée from Vermont bakery Vergennes Laundry. It’s much lighter than classic recipes, which traditionally include bacon, and highlights simple, earthy flavors like potato and thyme. Vergennes Laundry uses house-made sourdough for the crust, but we simplified things and used bakery-bought dough. The crust is spread with luscious crème fraiche and topped with ultra-thin slices of red potato, thyme, lemon zest, coarse salt and freshly ground pepper. It takes only minutes on a scorching hot pizza stone for the tarte to become perfectly crisp and even less time to chow it down. This recipe will debut in the coming months, but for now, try this equally delicious Two-Potato Flatbread with Olives and Feta.

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Grace in the Kitchen

A Perfectly Italian Burger

Caprese Burgers / © Ryan Liebe

In this play on a caprese salad, Grace Parisi kneads basil pesto into ground beef before grilling. / © Ryan Liebe

Food & Wine's senior recipe developer, Grace Parisi, is a Test Kitchen superstar. In this series, she shares some of her favorite recipes to make right now.

Burgers are great, pesto is great, tomatoes are great, and mozzarella is great. So, it stands to reason that if you cram them all together, the result would also be great. And it is! My favorite light summer meal is a caprese salad—one thing both of my kids make really well. This version on a bun with meat and pesto is not as light, but it's super-summery and quite delicious! And a great way to use up lots of abundant basil. SEE RECIPE »

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Pop Culture

New Travel Channel Host Reveals America's Meat Meccas

Courtesy of Travel Channel


A lifelong meat lover reared on his grandfather's cattle ranch, L.A.-based KIIS FM DJ Chuey Martinez will scour the country for the best beef ribs, bison steaks, fried chicken necks and more on his new Travel Channel show. Read more >

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