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Our coverage of the Chefs Make Change coalition continues today with a spotlight on Art Smith’s charity Common Threads, which teaches kids about nutrition and cultural diversity through after-school cooking programs. Smith shared a recipe in the February issue for Turkey-and-Pinto-Bean Chili, a favorite of Oprah’s that also appeals to his charity's target demographic. "It's got some spice, which I think kids love as much as adults do," he explains. Currently, Common Threads operates in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and Washington, DC, and Smith hopes to expand to New York soon. You can donate to Common Threads and other chef-run charities by visiting foodandwine.com/donate.
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Great Recipes for Beans
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Braised Carrots with Lamb
Today, we continue to break from Chicken Dance to spotlight the fantastic chefs of F&W’s Chefs Make Change coalition, and their new recipes in our February issue. Dan Barber’s Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York, was recently named one of the country's top 10 sustainable restaurants by Food Republic, and his cause is the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. Through programs offered to children and farmers alike, as well as agricultural research, the center hopes to improve the way America eats and farms. Inspired by the incredibly sweet and delicious carrots grown at Stone Barns, Barber created Braised Carrots with Lamb, which emphasizes the vegetable and uses the lamb for a rich, meaty sauce. You can support Stone Barns Center as well as other chef-run charities by visiting foodandwine.com/donate.
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Healthy Vegetable Dishes
Vegetable Dishes for Carnivores
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Braised Pork with Cherry Gravy
Today, Food & Wine launched Chefs Make Change, a coalition of 10 superstar chefs who are helping to make the world a better place. One of these philanthropists is Michel Nischan, who happens to be guest editing on sustainability topics over at Food Republic all week. His foundation Wholesome Wave strives to make fresh, locally grown produce available in underserved communities. In our February issue, Nischan describes one of Wave’s latest initiatives, a fruit and veg “prescription” program: “Doctors in underserved communities can give an entire at-risk family a farmers’ market voucher that will allow them to increase their fresh-produce consumption by one to two servings a day.” In celebration of his cause, we’re taking a rest from the Chicken Dance this week to spotlight charities and the amazing recipes shared by these formidable chefs, including Nischan’s gorgeous Braised Pork with Cherry Gravy. In preparation for cooking it tonight, you can donate to Nischan’s cause and other chef-run charities by visiting foodandwine.com/donate.
Related: Learn More About Chefs Make Change
More Great Pork Recipes
Delicious Braised Dishes
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Quinoa and Chicken Salad
Bravo just announced that Iron Chef Cat Cora and Top Chef Masters' Curtis Stone will host the network’s newest cooking competition: Around the World in 80 Plates, which will lead chef-contestants through 10 different countries. Cat Cora is no stranger to ambitious feats. In the February issue of Food & Wine, Cora joins F&W’s Chefs Make Change coalition, a group of 10 superstar chefs who have vowed to make the world a better place. Her hearty and nutritious Warm Quinoa Salad with Carrots and Grilled Chicken was inspired by her cause, Chefs for Humanity, which aims to provide nutrition education, hunger relief and aid around the world. Starting tomorrow, with the launch of F&W's campaign, you can donate to Cora's cause and other chef charities to help Chefs Make Change.
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Amazing Warm Winter Salads
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Chicken Thighs with Lentils
New York City cassoulet enthusiasts will slow-cook their hearts out this Sunday for the fourth-annual cassoulet cook-off
at Jimmy's No. 43, where both amateur and professional chefs will face off for the win. Tickets for the event can be purchased for $20 at the restaurant on the day of the cook-off, with all proceeds going to the Greenmarket’s Farm Hurricane Relief Fund. Those who can't make the event can prepare a quicker dish at home that recalls the heartiness of the famous French casserole: chicken thighs with lentils and chorizo
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Incredible Cassoulet from Paula Wolfert
Warning: Test Kitchen Tease snapshots may cause cravings, lip-smacking and an unshakeable desire to cook.
Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain in New York City features a rich special every Thursday: chicken cutlet, American triple cream cheese, Southern ham and arugula. The deconstructed version of classic chicken cordon bleu also stars in Clarkson Potter's fall release Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook. Our test (left) came out golden brown and unbelievably juicy. But what elevated the dish were the toppings—lusciously creamy cheese (we used Camembert), salty country ham and a fresh peppery arugula salad. The recipe is in Bobby’s book, but if you don't have it yet, here’s a lovely riff on chicken cordon bleu from our own Test Kitchen Supervisor, Marcia Kiesel: Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Cutlets with Mustard Sauce.
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Sriracha Chicken Wings
Superstar Iron Chef and food-TV powerhouse Michael Symon will make a 2,500-square-foot contribution to the rapidly improving airport dining scene this spring when he opens Bar Symon at the Pittsburgh International Airport. Eater links to the release, which explains that the menu will feature Symon’s creative comfort food including his famous egg-topped Lola Burger. Another one of the chef’s addictive innovations, these Spicy Sriracha Chicken Wings swap traditional hot sauce for his Thai condiment obsession—and you won't have to fly somewhere to try them.
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More Recipes from Michael Symon
Delicious Chicken Wing Recipes
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Chef Eric Ripert
F&W’s month of Iconversations continued today with a live chat on our Facebook wall with chef Eric Ripert. Best known for his extraordinary seafood at Le Bernardin in New York City, the French chef’s globetrotting show on PBS, Avec Eric, has shown that his talent stretches far beyond fish. In his exotic take on a traditional Burgundian coq au vin, Ripert uses coconut milk to add richness to the cozy winter stew.
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Great French Dishes
Cooking with Coconut Milk
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Tonight at 10 p.m. ET, Jamie Oliver
will star on BBC America in his new series, Jamie’s American Road Trip
. His trip begins in Louisiana with an alligator-wrestling grandma and takes him on adventures across the country, from underground supper clubs in New York City to a cowboy cookout in Wyoming. Here’s hoping the lovable British chef’s new show is as successful as his light and incredibly simple chicken-and-leek stew
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Light and Tasty Stews