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No-Bake Cheesecake Tart with Strawberries and Honey

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No-Bake Cheesecake Tart with Strawberries and Honey

Justin Chapple

It's more than a month away from the start of summer, but we're already on the hunt for outstanding desserts that don't require turning on the oven. This week in the F&W Test Kitchen, we whipped up an especially delicious no-bake cheesecake tart that was slightly sweet and impossibly creamy.

We pressed graham cracker crumbs, melted butter, cinnamon and sugar into a tart pan and chilled it to make a super-simple crust. For the filling, we made a surprisingly light combination of ricotta and cream cheeses flavored with fresh lemon juice, agave nectar and ground ginger. On top: macerated strawberries and a drizzle of honey. The recipe will be published later in the year, but if you're in the mood for something similar now, we suggest these phenomenal Lemon, Poppy and Chèvre Cheesecakes with Rhubarb from our May issue.

Related: Tasty Cheesecake Recipes

Chicken Dance

Healthy and Affordable Spicy Pita Pockets

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Pita Pockets

© Ashley Rodriguez / Pita Pockets

A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that eating healthy is not more expensive then eating junk food. Economists analyzed the price per calorie, price by weight and price per average serving for over 4,000 foods. When it came to fruits and vegetables, the researchers found that the price "per average portion consumed" was a better value than less healthy snack foods and sugary items. NPR’s food blog, The Salt, suggests that when you’re trying to get the most nutritional value for the money you should use legumes like beans or lentils: they’re filling, high in protein and very affordable. These spicy pita pockets are stuffed with roasted chicken, bulgar and delicious lentils. Topped with a tangy tahini sauce, the pita pockets make a fast and filling weeknight dinner or a brown bag lunch.

Realated: Delicious Lentil Recipes
Fantastic Sandwiches
Great Healthy Dishes

Chicken Dance

Superfast Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

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Chicken Burritos

© Todd Porter & Diane Cu / Chicken Burritos

In honor of Goya Foods' recent partnership with Michelle Obama in the “MiPlato” campaign, which helps foster healthy eating habits in Hispanic communities, the Huffington Post published a brief history of the brand's rise from humble beginnings to massive success over the last 75 years. While Goya sells 1,600 products, it's mostly known for 38 varieties of beans. One 15-ounce can of black beans, plus scallions, lemon juice, cumin and salt are all you need to make the piquant salsa for these fast and easy chicken burritos.

Related: Great Canned Beans Recipes
Quick Mexican Dishes
Healthy Mexican Recipes

Chicken Dance

Alexandra Guarnaschelli's First Cookbook

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Braised Chicken Legs

© Tina Rupp / Braised Chicken Legs

In an interview with Food Republic, Alexandra Guarnaschelli—host of Food Network's Alex's Day Off and chef at NYC's trendy restaurants Butter and The Darby—reveals that she is working on her first cookbook, which should be released some time next year. Guarnaschelli says she waited longer than might be expected for a chef with TV cred because her mother is legendary W.W. Norton cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli. “If your mother was Steven Spielberg, you wouldn't direct a movie, right?” the chef explains. “It's daunting.” While Maria Guarnaschelli is not likely to be involved in the publication, her presence may be felt in some of the recipes. Chef Guarnaschelli's healthy Spice-Braised Chicken Legs with Red Wine and Tomato are inspired by a dish her mom used to make, and can be prepared ahead of time and reheated for an easy family dinner.

Related: More Recipes from Alexandra Guarnaschelli
Dishes from TV Chefs
Delicious Braising Recipes

Chicken Dance

Mother’s Day Chicken Friccassee

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Chicken Fricassee

© Tina Rupp / Chicken Fricassee

If you’re still undecided about what to do with your mother this Sunday, plan an elegant lunch or dinner at home. Chef and mom Katy Sparks created a vibrant Lemony Chicken Fricassee with Shallots and Morels that comes together in 30 minutes. By crisping the chicken in butter first, she adds quick flavor to the dish, which makes an ultra springy dinner party centerpiece. If saving family time doesn't appeal, David Bouley's Pot-Roasted Chicken with Mushrooms requires just over an hour of cooking for those who'd rather stay occupied in the kitchen while relatives sit back with refreshing cocktails.

Related: More Mother's Day Dishes
Recipes from Star Chef Moms
Delicous Spring Dishes

Chicken Dance

Chickpeas: The New Trend in Snacking

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Couscous with Chicken and Chickpeas

© Iain Bagwell / Couscous with Chicken

Chips and pretzels are so pedestrian. At this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago, the New York Daily News reports that new, trendy snacks included healthier options like sheets of seaweed, freeze-dried mango and roasted, seasoned chickpeas. Those wanting to get a jump on the trend can make F&W’s recipe for Crispy Chickpeas at home in just half an hour. Of course, garbanzo beans can be more than just a snack. This Moroccan-style Couscous with Chicken and Chickpeas makes a fast and flavorful weeknight meal.

Related: Delicious Chickpea Recipes
Moroccan Dishes
Tasty Snack Recipes

Chicken Dance

Danny Meyer’s Elevated Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

© John Kernick / Bacon-Wrapped Chicken

Danny Meyer is looking to take his restaurant empire to new heights. According to the New York Times, the Shake Shack mogul submitted a bid (along with six other companies) to operate 1 World Trade Center's forthcoming observation deck, which will be the highest of its kind in New York City. At 1,200 above street level, the observatory will offer views that stretch far beyond the city into New Jersey and Westchester, but given Meyer's reputation for superb restaurants, the draw would be for more than just the view if he secures the space. Home cooks can recreate recipes from Meyer’s inspired restaurants, like these quick Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts from Gramercy Tavern. The chicken is basted with butter and topped with a rich sauce made from pureed chicken livers for a hearty mid-week meal.

Related: Delicious Bacon Recipes
Chicken Breast Recipes
New York City Chef Recipes

Chicken Dance

Quick Chicken Milanese with Sage Butter Has Good Vibes

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Chicken Milanese

© Fredrika Stjärne / Chicken Milanese

A rep for multi-tasking empire builder Rachael Ray had a funny chat with the New York Post’s gossipy Page Six today. Apparently, Ray did not have her staff burn sage to rid bad vibes from Martha Stewart’s former studio. The ritual in question might work for exorcisms, but Ray doesn't seem to need any supernatural help when it comes to success. We also have an affinity for sage but prefer to use it for cooking dishes like this quick and crisp chicken Milanese served with a rich sage-and-lemon-butter sauce.

Related: Great Recipes from Rachael Ray
More Sage-Inflected Dishes
Recipes from TV Chefs

Chicken Dance

James Beard Nominee Michael Chiarello’s Picnic-Perfect Chicken

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Roast Chicken

© Cedric Angeles / Roast Chicken

The James Beard Foundation Awards Ceremony and Gala at Lincoln Center this evening marks the finale of festivities that included Friday's media awards (where Food & Wine won for Susan Choi’s profile of “The Spice Wizardry of Lior Lev Sercarz.”) Tonight, the spotlight is turned to chefs and restaurants with regional nominees such as Top Chef winner Paul Qui in the Southwest, F&W contributor Andrew Zimmern in the Great Lakes and, in the Pacific, Michael Chiarello. Nominated for his work at Bottega in Yountville, Chiarello’s Italian-style wine country cooking is equally delicious outside of the restaurant. His Roast Brined Chicken with Raisin and Pine Nut Agrodolce can even be made-ahead and served at room temperature for a casual weeknight dinner party.

Related: Great Picnic Recipes
Fantastic Roast Chicken
More Recipes from Michael Chiarello

Test Kitchen Tease

Fried Egg BLTs with Arugula Aioli

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

Fried Egg BLTs with Arugula Aioli

Justin Chapple

This week, the F&W Test Kitchen discovered a unique recipe that satisfies cravings for fried eggs and bacon. We toasted slices of rustic Italian bread until golden, then topped them with a vibrant arugula aioli, succulent heirloom tomatoes, frisée, chewy-crisp bacon and decadent sunny-side up eggs. The only issue we encountered was how quickly six sandwiches disappeared in the presence of marauding editors. The recipe will appear in an upcoming book project, but to make a similar recipe this weekend we recommend trying Thomas Keller's fast and gooey BLT Fried Egg-and-Cheese Sandwich.

Related: Egg Breakfast Recipes

Brunch Recipes

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