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Fried chicken/fried chicken sandwiches

The lowly fried chicken has become the new object of everyone’s affection. “Fried chicken is the new pork belly!” proclaims Christine Couvelier of Culinary Concierge.

“Americans love fried chicken,” says Bret Thorn of Nation’s Restaurant News, “and especially boneless fried chicken in the form of fried breast in a sandwich or faux wings.” Apart from the taste factor, “Beef prices are at or near record highs,” which

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Malted Custard French Toast

Could there possibly be another French toast prepared with as much attention as the one at this bright little place in Chicago’s West Town? Here’s how Charlie Trotter alum Jeffrey Mauro makes his supersonic version: He dips thick brioche slices in a vanilla-and-malt-spiked custard (inspired by Ben & Jerry’s malt ice creams). Then he slowly cooks the slices sous vide in a hot-water bath so that every inch of the brioche absorbs the custard. Just before serving, he caramelizes the French toast in a hot pan, then serves it with marinated fruit (quince in the winter), sweet citrus-flavored whipped cream and a sprinkling of