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Garlicky Chicken Thighs from The Chew’s Missing Mario Batali

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Garlicky Chicken Thighs

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Garlicky Chicken Thighs

ABC’s new food-centric chat show, The Chew, premiered this afternoon. Highlights included Michael Symon showing off his “Got Pork” tattoo, Carla Hall’s 40-year-old Betty Crocker pancake recipe and Daphne Oz’s budget-friendly smoothie recipes (plus a visit from her famous Dr. dad). Noticeably absent from the studio was Mario Batali, who appeared later telecast from a charity golf tournament. Off-site location aside, Batali still managed to whip up a pizza. Here’s hoping the clog-clad chef will be more present in future episodes since we love his affordable recipes, like this one for grilled chicken thighs coated in a crispy, garlicky crumb topping.

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Ferran Adrià's Catalan Chicken Shortcut

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Catalan Rotisserie Chicken Stew

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Catalan Rotisserie Chicken Stew

Known for experimenting with futuristic cooking techniques at the now-closed El Bulli, Spanish chef Ferran Adrià shows a simpler side in his next cookbook, The Family Meal. Focusing on the sort of filling budget meals that were served to the restaurant’s staff, the Phaidon tome drops October 1 and features step-by-step photo instructions. It's not the first time that Adrià has exhibited a knack for easy dishes; the superchef shared this recipe for sweet and nutty Catalan chicken stew with Food & Wine back in 2005. The surprising shortcut: store-bought rotisserie chicken.

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California Lifts Infused-Booze Ban

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Fennel and Fig Vodka

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Fennel and Fig Vodka

Good news for California cocktail enthusiasts: Governor Jerry Brown has announced the end of a Prohibition-era law that made it illegal for bars to infuse spirits with other ingredients, the New York Times reports. California's bars have been infusing liquor for years with no issues, but recently the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control started cracking down. Celebrate the West Coast’s break from the vestiges of Prohibition by creating some of your own tipsy infusions, such as an aromatic fennel-and-fig-infused vodka, plus more:

Chai-Infused Cognac
Beet-Horseradish-Infused Vodka
Jalapeño Tequila
Jasmine Gin
Nori Apple Brandy
Strawberry Pineapple Pisco

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“Top Chef” Goes Texan

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Tim Love

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Tim Love

This week, Bravo announced that the ninth season of Top Chef will premiere on November 2 at 10 p.m. and take place in cowboy country: Texas. Of course, Texan-to-the-core chef Tim Love will be dropping by to guest judge. Contestants should know that Love holds high expectations for barbecue. His own smoky barbecued chicken is slow-cooked near smoldering coals.

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The Meatball Shop Cookbook

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Mini Buffalo Chicken Balls
This week in the F&W Test Kitchen we immersed ourselves in a new book from The Meatball Shop in NYC. Aside from being absolutely stunning, it’s full of casual, delectable recipes, including the super-clever Mini Buffalo Chicken Balls seen here. These phenomenal little bites were perfectly spicy and served with homemade blue cheese dressing and celery. Ballantine Books will release The Meatball Shop Cookbook, by Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, in November, but to experiment with the same flavors now, here's a great weekend recipe for Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings.

 

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Rick Bayless Joins the Circus, Makes Enchiladas

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Enchiladas Suizas

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Enchiladas Suizas

This week, chef Rick Bayless announced that he would be joining the circus. The Chicago Tribune reports that for four weeks next spring, the first Top Chef Masters winner will star in "Rick Bayless in Cascabel," a food-centric circus show at Chicago’s Lookingglass Theatre. Tickets will include a three-course meal and hors d’oeuvres prepared at Bayless’s nearby Frontera Grill. We’re not sure about Bayless’s acrobatic skills, but we know his expertise in Mexican cuisine is indisputable when we try recipes like this one for creamy, spicy chicken enchiladas.

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Coming Soon: Sam Mason’s Mayonnaise Shop

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Big Bob Gibson's Chicken

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Big Bob Gibson's Chicken

Former WD-50 pastry chef, Sam Mason, just announced that his next venture will be an all-mayonnaise store in Brooklyn, NY. The Huffington Post reports that Empire Mayo will offer a wide selection of high-end mayos in flavors like mushroom, Parmesan and foie gras. Whether or not artisanal food lovers will flock to such a specialized shop will be revealed after the November opening, but we do share Mason's enthusiasm for the condiment. We love mayonnaise’s versatility: You can use it in place of ketchup for French fries, as a Mediterranean rouille or as the base for this tangy white barbecue sauce paired with Big Bob Gibson’s grilled chicken.

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NYC's Meatball Boom

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Chicken Meatballs

© Frances Janisch
Chicken Meatballs

Following the booming success of The Meatball Shop chainlet, a number of meatball-centric spots are popping up in NYC. Eater reports that Polpette recently opened in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, while Zi Pep’s Italian Meatballs and the Meatball Factory are both coming soon to the East Village. It's surprising that the trend didn't catch on sooner: Meatballs are comforting and cheap, and they lend themselves to a wide range of interpretations, like Jennifer Joyce’s Vietnamese-inspired chicken meatballs.

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Award: Best Dish of the Weekend

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Bad Pic of a Great Dish: Inaki's Beef with Chive Salad

In honor of Emmy Awards Sunday, I'm handing out a prize of my own: best dish of the weekend.

Competition was stiff: By my count, there were a trillion excellent food–related events in NYC on Saturday and Sunday.

Among the highlights: Brooklyn Local, which brought together top Brooklyn purveyors (shout out to Ample Hills Creamery’s aptly named Salted Caramel Crack ice cream), and restaurants (such as my local spot Seersucker), all to benefit City Harvest. Also the Travel + Leisure Global Bazaar which starred chefs like José Andrés and Marcus Samuelsson. And don't forget the Feast of San Gennaro, featuring sticky ribs from Torrisi Italian Specialties and a short rib patty melt from Dewey Dufresne, the dad of WD-50’s Wylie Dufresne.

But I cast my vote for the absolute best-tasting dish of the weekend to one served at Le Grand Fooding Campfire Session: beef with chive salad. There was no campfire in sight; then again, the French-based Le Fooding’s events don’t always make sense. Who cares: The “campfire” featured Inaki Aizpitarte from Paris’s Le Chateaubriand. Inaki seared the beef beautifully but the chive salad made it, and here’s what was in it: chives, yes, and coriander seeds, buckwheat, flax seed, cocoa nibs, lemon juice and browned French butter, which worked better than American butter. It was crazy good, and I’m not even factoring in how cool it was to have LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy acting as saucier.   

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Arepas: The Ultimate Culinary Vehicle

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Savory Pork Filled Arepa
Inspired by Zarela Martinez (chef-owner of NYC's Zarela) and Latin ballpark food in Brooklyn, senior recipe developer Grace Parisi created this speedy version of a stuffed arepa, a thick corn-based dough that’s grilled, baked or fried to become the ultimate vehicle for a range of brightly flavored garnishes. Grace filled this version with savory pork and topped it with pickled red cabbage, jalapeños and cilantro. The recipe will endure one more round of testing and tasting before it’s published in our January issue, but in the meantime, here are some of our delectable Latin American recipes to try—including crispy, flaky stuffed empanadas. 

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