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Fast Pan-Fried Chicken for Derby Day

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Mint Julep

© Wendell T. Webber / Mint Julep

Along with Cinco de Mayo, tomorrow also marks the 138th Kentucky Derby. The most exciting two minutes in sports is classically celebrated with big hats, big bets and many mint juleps. For quick sustenance, this crispy Kentucky Pan-Fried Chicken can be made in under 30 minutes. The chicken is dredged in a tangy buttermilk mixture and fried in lard for an indulgent crunch.

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Delicious Fried Chicken
Southern Comfort Food

Chicken Dance

Chicken Quesadillas with Legit Caramelized Onions

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Chicken Quesadillas

© Lucy Schaeffer / Chicken Quesadillas

Have you ever felt betrayed by a recipe? Today on Slate, writer Tom Socca criticizes those who underestimate the time it takes to caramelize onions. “Onions do not caramelize in five or 10 minutes,” Socca writes. “They never have, they never will—yet recipe writers have never stopped pretending that they will.” There's no pretending when it comes to these wonderfully melty chicken quesadillas, which like all of F&W's recipes, are tested and perfected. The directions allot about 30 low-effort minutes to soften the onions, which create a sweet contrast to salty-tangy blue cheese.

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Great Mexican Recipes
Deliciously Cheesy Dishes

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Cheap and Tasty Drumsticks

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Chicken Drumsticks

© Tina Rupp / Chicken Drumsticks

Once shunned by Americans for breasts, chicken legs and thighs are growing in popularity with consumers who, like chefs, love their depth of flavor, juiciness and affordability. But as demand for dark meat grows, so does the price. According to the Huffington Post, wholesale boneless thighs now cost as much as, or occasionally more than breasts. Drumsticks, on the other hand, remain a great budget option. Marinated in spicy yogurt, these skinless Grilled Tandoori-Style Chicken Drumsticks are much tastier than white meat–with only slightly more fat. They’re also much more fun to eat.

Related: Delicious Drumstick Recipes
Grilled Chicken
Terrific Chicken Thigh Recipes

Test Kitchen Tease

Grilled Quail with Shaved Fennel and Yogurt

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

Grilled Quail with Fennel and Yogurt

Justin Chapple

This week in the F&W Test Kitchen, we seized a pre-weekend opportunity to use a grill for this terrific quail dish from Justin Smillie of Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria in New York City. Smillie marinates quail in an herbaceous mixture of parsley, oregano, kaffir lime leaves, garlic, chiles, orange juice and toasted spices, which lends tons of flavor to the meat and provides the basis for a perfectly crispy crust. Quail is super-lean and is best served medium-rare, so these little birds only took a few minutes per side over a scorching fire. At his restaurant, Smillie serves the quail with puffed cracked farro and roasted kumquats, but for testing purposes, we tasted it alongside shaved fennel and yogurt.

This recipe is for a future book project, but to experiment with something just as interesting and delicious, try this recipe for Chinese-inspired Grilled Quail with Goji Berries and Pine Nuts from 2012 Best New Chef Corey Lee of Benu in San Francisco.

Related: F&W's Ultimate Guide to Summer Grilling

Chicken Dance

Pass the Talking Peas, Please

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Braised Chicken

© Jonny Valiant / Braised Chicken

A recently-publicized study may distress compassionate plant-eaters. Several months ago, scientists from Israel's Blaustein Institute for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University published evidence that pea plants in a drought can send warning signals through their roots to other pea plants via shared soil. The alerted plants then prepare for the environmental stress. This information inspired a New York Times Opinionator post this weekend about the ethics of eating intelligent plant life. Unsurprisingly, many commenters are not amused by the premise that we could one day empathize with certain plants like we do animals. Plus, what would even the most cautious diner eat? Until more research suggests otherwise, we'll continue to respect vegetables by preparing them in delicious ways. Lovable peas star in this simple vinegar-braised chicken recipe. Combining leeks, fresh herbs and luxurious crème fraîche, the dish is elegant but fast enough to make for a weeknight dinner.

Related: Delicious Recipes for Peas
Great Spring Recipes
Weeknight Wine Pairings

Recipes

Superb New Everyday Recipes

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The Daily Feast by Esther Rose Graber. Photo © Good Books.

The Daily Feast by Esther Rose Graber is unlike most books that cross my desk at F&W. It's not by any of the cooks du jour—celebrity chefs (with or without a ghost writer), urban farmers, hunters or highly successful bloggers—but by seven women who love to cook: a mother, five daughters and one daughter-in-law, all with Pennsylvania Mennonite and Amish roots. More on their amazing recipes>

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Test Kitchen Tease

The Spice Table's Fried Cauliflower with Fish Sauce

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

Fried Cauliflower with Fish Sauce

Justin Chapple

At The Spice Table in Los Angeles, 2012 F&W Best New Chef Bryant Ng serves this beer-battered cauliflower dish with a tangy dipping sauce. This week, F&W's Test Kitchen had the pleasure of giving it a test fry. The batter is made with cornstarch, beer and whipped egg whites, which create a super-flavorful crust that's perfectly light and crisp. But what makes this dish especially outstanding is the unlikely sauce. Bryant whisks Asian fish sauce with lime juice, garlic, sugar and fiery Thai chiles. The recipe is for an upcoming book project, but this weekend, try these handheld snacks from iconic chef José Andrés: Cauliflower Fritters.

Related: 2012 F&W Best New Chefs

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Jose Andres’s Pepe Truck Stars at Sweetlife

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Chicken Thighs

© Con Poulos / Chicken Thighs

While the first Austin Food & Wine Festival gets started today in Texas, The Sweetlife Food & Music Festival begins tomorrow in Columbia, Maryland. Billed as a sustainable celebration, the event will host both local and national artists and a “Food Forest” with a few of the best indie restaurants in the northeast making appearances including NYC’s Roberta’s and Momofuku Milk Bar. Representing DC: celebrated chef José Andrés, whose Pepe Truck will peddle Spanish-inspired sandwiches like the Pepito de Iberico with seared Iberico and Serrano ham, roasted green peppers, onions and aioli. For a dinner at home with Andrés’s deeply flavorful Spanish food, opt for his Roast Chicken Thighs with Lentil Stew and a really great playlist.

Related: More Recipes from José Andrés
Delicious Spanish Recipes
Great Food Trucks

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Food for the new Austin Food & Wine Festival

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Jonathan Waxman

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The inaugural Austin Food & Wine Festival starts tomorrow and among the fantastic chefs who will be leading panels, demonstrations and events is Jonathan Waxman of Barbuto and Top Chef Masters fame. On Saturday, the man who brought California cuisine to NYC will share a few guilty pleasures at a demo called Junk Food Personified. At Barbuto, however, he focuses more on seasonally-driven Italian dishes like this Chicken al Forno with Salsa Verde. The simple roast chicken gets its flavor not from fat but from fresh lemons, frequent basting and a pungent garlicky salsa verde.

Related: Recipes from California Chefs
Healthy Italian Dishes
Delicious Roast Chicken

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America Loves Kimchi

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Bulgogi-Style Chicken

© Kana Okada / Bulgogi-Style Chicken

Kimchi, the pungent Korean pickled condiment, is making its way into the American mainstream, National Restaurant News reports. Chefs across the country have embraced kimchi as a versatile ingredient that can be used in many different dishes–from tacos to tempura. Not only is kimchi delicious, it is also loaded with beneficial probiotics. Before you try it on a hot dog, taste the garlicky pickle alongside Ginger-Marinated Bulgogi-Style Chicken, F&W's healthy take on a classic Korean dish.

Related: Great Korean Recipes
Grilled Chicken Recipes
Healthy Asian Dishes

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