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Thu Dec 1, 2016

Galbi (Korean Grilled Short Ribs)

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Galbi

I used to think beef short ribs were reserved for the likes of smoking and braising only in order to render them tender and edible. Then one day I tried grilling short ribs like a steak and my perception of this super beefy, delicious cut was forever changed. Those short rib "steaks" were some of the best beef to come off my grill—intensely flavored with a pleasant chew akin to a perfectly medium-rare New York strip. It took me years to stumble upon this revelation, but Koreans have long been on the grilled short rib train with their version—galbi.

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Thu Oct 27, 2016

Sweet & Spicy Edamame

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Sweet & Spicy Edamame

For the past four weeks, my life has pretty much been lived on the road, with only a handful of nights spent in my own bed. This time away from home has left with with a backlog of work that has me trying to play catch up as quickly as possibly. Don't feel too bad for me though, because almost half of that time was spent on vacation, where my wife and I indulged in grand meals on a daily basis, leaving me returning home to pants that now fit a bit snugger than I'm used when. When thinking of the best post-vacation recipe to go with, this sweet and spicy grilled edamame seemed like the perfect choice—it is at the same time incredibly quick and easy, as well as fairly healthy (and boy do I need to get some healthy stuff back into my diet).

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Thu Oct 20, 2016

Gai Yang (Thai Grilled Chicken)

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Gai Yang

It's safe to say that I know my way around cooking chicken pretty damn well. Long gone are days of dry, overcooked chicken breasts—I have my technique down well enough that I don't think I've turned out a bird that wasn't juicy and moist for a long time. Still, chicken has fallen to the wayside in my normal rotation because, given everything else there is to cook, chicken kinda pales in comparison (unless it's fried, of course). So when I do decide to grill up a bird, I'm usually in search of a recipe that will inject a ton of seasoning to make up for its rather drab flavor, and that's what I saw in this one for Gai Yang—Thai Grilled Chicken.

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Thu Sep 29, 2016

Grilled Banana Wrapped in Sticky Rice

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Grilled Banana Wrapped in Sticky Rice

In my last post, I reminisced on how my past picky eating habits led me to a love of Vietnamese barbecue beef—it was the only thing that sounded non-frightening to me at my first Vietnamese dining experience. I also found humor in that my old self wouldn't venture past that singular item once I deemed it an appropriate fit for my palette. In contrast, this week I'm finding another Vietnamese item as example of the distance I still have yet to go to become the ideal eater I wish I was, because while I cooked up these grilled bananas wrapped in sticky rice, they represented food aversions I'm still not able to shake.

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Thu Sep 22, 2016

Vietnamese Barbecue Beef

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Vietnamese Barbecue Beef

When I arrived in New York for college, my diet pretty much consisted of various forms of fried chicken and pizza. To say I was a picky, not adventurous eater is a bit of an understatement, and, more-or-less, I was able to keep my horizons from expanding during my tenure as a student. The one big exception was when my Vietnamese roommate wanted to head to Chinatown for some of his own comfort food. Me being who I was, I gravitated to the one thing on the menu that sounded familiar and non-threatening—barbecue beef over white rice—and that's what I ordered year after year every time we ended up at this spot. Since then I've obviously expanded my palate and other items have replaced this once mainstay for me, but I recently had a hankering for it and since I'm no longer located in New York, it was up to me to recreate it the best I could.

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