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By the Editors of Food & Wine Magazine

Chicken Dance

Does Food Taste Better Outside?

Balinese Grilled Chicken

© Anson Smart / Grilled Chicken

In this week's “Foodie Underground” column on EcoSalon, writer Anna Brones expounded on why she believes food tastes better when it's prepared and eaten outside. For Brones, it’s not just the view or the fresh air, it’s about simplification. “We take down all the walls that our everyday routines require us to put up, and we enjoy food for food’s sake,” Brones writes.

Australian chef Pete Evans is also a fan. On a surfing trip to Indonesia, he discovered this recipe for Balinese Grilled Chicken cooked over an open fire and now makes it for guests at his Sydney apartment by the beach. While we're sure the experience is extra special when the dish is served by the hunky chef overlooking the ocean, the chicken's simple marinade combining turmeric, chiles and ginger makes for a delicious meal whether you eat inside or out.

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Chicken Dance

Coronation Chicken Salad for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee

Coronation Chicken

© John Kernick / Coronation Chicken

Over the weekend, Queen Elizabeth II started celebrating 60 years as England's monarch. Festivities for the Diamond Jubilee began Saturday with the Derby at Epsom Racecourse and will continue through tomorrow, when the Queen will wave to her public from a balcony at Buckingham Palace. To honor Elizabeth, we suggest making a light dish served at a royal luncheon the day she was crowned on June 2, 1953. This curried Coronation Chicken Salad pays tribute to her lengthy rule, but is spiced up for the current generation with minced hot chiles and chunks of sweet mango.

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Chefs Make Change

Join Celebs, Musicians and Bill Clinton in Support of the Mario Batali Foundation

Mario Batali and U2's The Edge

Mario Batali and U2's The Edge; Ken Goodman Photography

Among the superstars in Food & Wine's Chefs Make Change coalition, Mario Batali is making power moves to raise funds for his charity this summer. The Mario Batali Foundation, which helps feed, protect and educate children, just announced two celebrity-studded events starring Bill Clinton. The former president will headline an inaugural MBF Honors dinner in New York on September 9 at Batali's fine-dining flagship Del Posto Ristorante, where guests will include Jimmy Fallon (tickets $1,500 and over).

On September 10, Clinton, the chef, and his creative friends will play golf at the third annual MBF Swing Session Celebrity Golf Classic (see: Batali with U2 guitarist The Edge at last year's event, left). The all-day outing features a chartered boat ride from Manhattan to Liberty National Golf Club across the Hudson, a clinic with PGA player Hunter Mahan and food from Marea's Michael White and Del Posto chef Mark Ladner. Slots start at $3,000 ($10k for a foursome). Club Hill Media produced a video tease if you want a closer look at how these blockbuster events are done.

Tickets: MBF Honors Dinner
3rd Annual Swing Session Celebrity Golf Classic, Liberty National Golf Club, NJ

Chicken Dance

Why We Love Crispy Chicken Flautas

Chicken Flautas

© Lucas Allen / Chicken Flautas

There’s one thing that food lovers worldwide can get behind: crispiness. In The Chronicle Review yesterday, anthropologist John S. Allen wrote a thoughtful piece about why humans love crispy foods, even going so far as to say the deliciousness of a crispy crust, with its concentrated flavors, helped spread the practice of cooking. Additionally, Allen points out that crackling and crunchy sounds heard while chewing enhance the eating experience: “Obviously, when we eat, we use our senses of taste and smell, as well as the sense of touch as we assess the texture and "feel" of the food both in our hands and in our mouths. An under-appreciated component of the eating experience is sound.” Grace Parisi's Crispy Corn Tortillas with Chicken and Cheddar (flautas) have another sensory bonus: shredded cheese mixed into the easy filling gets hot and melty-gooey when the tortillas are fried.

Related: Crispy Fried Chicken
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What to Drink Next

Bartenders Discover Weed Cocktails

Brian Means

Courtesy of Fifth Floor

In a garden, weeds are the enemy–pesky, plant-choking invaders that are anything but wanted. Yes, that kind of weed. Beloved by enterprising cooks, these bitter greens can also add depth and herbaceous notes to spring cocktails. At Fifth Floor, Brian Means uses stinging nettles to make syrup for his floral 9 Herb Charm >

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