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Over-the-Top Dessert: While walking in Galicia with Gwyneth Paltrow, star chef Mario Batali spotted a bush full of ripe blackberries, his “favorite fruit in life,” and recalled filling the back of his parents’ station wagon with buckets of blackberries when he was growing up in Seattle. After getting his mother, Marilyn, to e-mail him her recipe, Mario prepared this luscious pie.

Recipe: Marilyn Batali’s Blackberry Pie

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Wine Wednesday: Star chef Mario Batali developed this recipe for pollo casero, a luscious chicken in rich white wine and pepper sauce, from an elderly home cook who lives in Asturias. Try this hearty chicken dish with a lively Spanish rosé.

Recipe: Chicken with Piquillos