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Onions are a Surprise Superfood

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Sauteed Chicken Breasts

© Lucy Schaeffer
Sauteed Chicken Breasts

According to Chris Kilham, Fox News' “Medicine Hunter,” the onion is much more than a kitchen staple. The underappreciated superfood deserves to be ranked with powerhouse foods like pomegranates and green tea, as onions help boost immunity, protect against heart disease and even have anticarcinogenic properties. While eating a raw onion every day is the most efficient way to benefit from the vegetable's healthful properties, it’s not the most appealing. Instead, take a suggestion from Melissa Rubel Jacobson, who uses diced onions in this fast recipe for Chicken Breasts with Apricot-Onion Pan Sauce.

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Heart-Healthy Foods
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Joe Beef Wins Food52’s Cookbook Tournament

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Confit of Guinea Hen Legs

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Confit of Guinea Hen Legs

The results are in: The Art of Living According to Joe Beef won Food52’s third annual Piglet Tournament of Cookbooks. In the site’s final round of bracket-style cookbook competition, guest judge Alice Waters chose Beef over Christina Tosi’s Momofuku Milk Bar cookbook. Despite her disappointment over the high fat content in many of the buzzy Montreal restaurant’s recipes, the produce-championing Waters loved the book’s idiosyncratic stories, unconventional layout and pervasive “deep love of Montreal.” Joe Beef chefs Frédéric Morin and David McMillan shared some of their fantastic French-Canadian recipes with F&W a few months ago, including this indulgent Confit of Guinea Hen Legs with Prunes and Honey. The recipe is enriched with rendered duck fat, and best served with an Alice Waters–friendly watercress salad.

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“American” Chinese Food Lands in China

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Sesame Chicken

© Lucy Schaeffer
Sesame Chicken

Many of the most popular Chinese dishes in the US are Americanized—no bones, no feet, no serious spice. But as cities like Beijing become more international, take-out favorites like General Tso’s chicken, chop suey and fortune cookies are winning favor in the country that inspired them, Newsweek reports. One of our favorite Chinese-American dishes is sesame chicken. Ready in just 35 minutes, Marcia Kiesel’s version of the sweet-and-crispy chicken is coated with a spicy ginger-garlic sauce and mixed with a healthy serving of broccoli.

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Nigel Slater's Blackberry Focaccia

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

Blackberry Focaccia

© Justin Chapple
Blackberry Focaccia

When it comes to focaccia, most people are familiar with savory versions like Pisaladiere, a version topped with anchovies, olives and caramelized onions. This week, the F&W Test Kitchen tested an unusual dessert variation—Blackberry Focaccia (left) from Nigel Slater’s forthcoming cookbook, Ripe: A Cook in the Orchard. This blackberry-studded, confectioners' sugar–dusted focaccia is substantial and just barely sweet. Slater recommends cutting it into thick wedges and eating it when warm, but we loved it just the same in smaller squares, which we served with steaming cups of tea. Slater's cookbook won't be out until April, but this savory focaccia from the F&W archives, topped with caramelized onions, pear and blue cheese, is a good variation to try for Super Bowl Sunday

 

 

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Wing Week: Andrew Zimmern’s One-Pot Chicken Wings

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One-Pot Sticky Wings

© Stephanie Meyer
One-Pot Sticky Wings

In a featured recipe from F&W’s weekly series Andrew Zimmern’s Kitchen Adventures, the TV chef describes a walk along Penang’s New Lane as the “single greatest street-food stroll in the world.” Some of his favorites stalls sell glazed chicken wings and quarters, which inspired Zimmern’s One-Pot Sticky Chicken Wings. The wings and sauce cook together so that fat from the chicken enriches its glaze. The end result: exotic, finger-licking-worthy chicken wings and only one pot to clean.

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Fantastic One-Pot Meals

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Wing Week: Honey-Chile Chicken Wings

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Honey-Chile Wings

© Quentin Bacon
Honey-Chile Wings

At Carmel Valley Ranch, active guests partake in hilltop yoga, nature hikes and even beekeeping. The resort then uses honey from the ranch’s hives in spa treatments, cocktails and recipes like these Honey-Chile Chicken Wings. Prep doesn't require a bee-proof suit or a trip to California. The sweet-spicy Super Bowl snack will come together with just a few pantry ingredients, some good honey and an oven; chef Tim Wood crisps the skin using a broiler.

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Wing Week: Sriracha Hot Wings

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Sriracha Hot Wings

© Tina Rupp
Sriracha Hot Wings

This Sunday, the competition isn’t just between two football teams trying to win the Super Bowl. There’s also a battle of the hot sauces: the original fire-breathing chicken-wing glaze, Frank’s Red Hot, and Tabasco’s new Buffalo Style hot sauce. Each company recently launched a multi-million-dollar ad campaign in the hope of securing its place in hot-wing recipes across the country. There’s a more unique alternative. At The Good Fork in Brooklyn, husband-and-wife owners Ben Schneider and Sohui Kim use neither Tabasco nor Frank’s. Their Asian-inflected Hot Wings get lots of heat from the cult Thai condiment, Sriracha. To combat the spice, Kim and Schneider serve a cooling mix of rice vinegar–spiked sour cream alongside.

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Cooking with Sriracha

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Wing Week: Mango-Curry Hot Wings

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Mango-Curry Hot Wings

© Tina Rupp
Mango-Curry Hot Wings

Typically, fruit doesn’t play a big role in Super Bowl snacks—unless you count avocado in the guacamole or tomato salsa. For Mango-Curry Hot Wings, however, tropical chutney balances the heat from Madras curry powder and fiery Frank's Red Hot sauce. So maybe it's not a fruit cup, but the recipe does provide a sweet-sticky counterpoint to yesterday’s tangy Vietnamese-style wings. Chopped pistachios also add all-important crunchiness, without help from a deep-fryer; F&W’s Grace Parisi roasts the wings on a baking sheet.

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Fantastic Mango Dishes

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Wing Week: Pok Pok’s Vietnamese Wings

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Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings

© Wendell T. Webber
Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings

The National Chicken Council expects Americans to eat 1.25 billion chicken wings during Super Bowl weekend. If that's really the case, fans are going to need a lot of recipes. That's why, this week, we'll spotlight some of the diverse wings in Food & Wine's repertoire every day. Today's timely recipe comes from Portland, Oregon, chef Andy Ricker, who recently opened an outpost of his beloved Southeast Asian joint, Pok Pok, on New York City's Lower East Side. The main focus: Ricker's addictive fish sauce–spiked wings. The recipe is inspired by a roadside stand Ricker discovered in Saigon, where he loved the fried wings so much that he immediately wrote down what he tasted on a paper napkin.

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Fantastic Vietnamese Dishes

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F&W Exclusive: Chefs' Super Bowl Smackdown

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Super Bowl

As the big game approaches this weekend, Patriots and Giants fans are making final preparations for their Super Bowl parties. Beyond menus to plan and guests to invite, there are wagers to be made. A group of northeast chefs just revealed the terms of their “Super Bowl Restaurant Smackdown” to Food & Wine, pitting New England vs. New York. Representing the Patriots are Jamie Bissonnette from Boston’s Toro and Coppa, Tiffani Faison from Sweet Cheeks, Matt Jennings from Providence’s La Laiterie and Farmstead and Gabriel Frasca of Straight Wharf and Provisions. They’re facing off against New York chefs and Giants’ fans Harold Dieterle of Perilla and Kin Shop, Lee Anne Wong of Vynl and Michael Ferraro of Delicatessen. This wager is not about money, it’s about maximum humiliation. Here are the terms:

 

 For seven consecutive days, the representatives of the LOSING TEAM must:

-Wear the opposing team’s jersey in their restaurant .The jersey cannot be removed during work hours for any reason.

-Wear a Statue of Liberty hat (Boston) or a lobster hat (NYC) in their restaurant. The hat cannot be removed during work hours for any reason.

-Feature pastrami on rye (Boston) or New England clam chowder (NYC) prominently on their menu with the following wording:

“In honor of the greatest football team on earth the Patriots/Giants, [Restaurant name(s)] is proudly featuring [name of dish]."

-Tweet a picture of themselves in their hats & jerseys eating the featured dish in their restaurant all seven days.

 

The WINNING TEAM will hand deliver the jerseys and hats to the losing teams and taste the featured menu item.

 

As a Patriots’ fan who now lives in New York City, I’m looking forward to sampling some great clam chowder without the four-hour train ride.

 

For those of you hosting at home check out some of my favorite game-day recipes from F&W.

Spicy Chicken Wings

Double Pork Burgers

Sticky Ribs

More Super Bowl Snacks


 

 

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