F&W talked to top chefs around the country to learn everything from the quickest way to prepare chicken to the must-have condiments that make almost any dish instantly delicious.

By Food & Wine
Updated March 31, 2015
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Paul Virant (at right) of Vie in Western Springs, Illinois, uses his pickling liquid to flavor vinaigrettes. He also recommends the liquid from Rick’s Picks Mean Beans: “It conveys the flavor of the beans as well as the pickling spices.” $11 for 15 oz; rickspicksnyc.com.

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