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Tue Nov 11, 2014

Pimento Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes

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Pimento Cheese Twice-baked Potatoes

It was a gradual, creeping change. Year by year, one by one, I took over every dish of the Thanksgiving dinner, save the out of season asparagus my Mother insists on. At this point, I've settled into a menu that adorns the holiday table each year, a series of dishes I think of as family tradition. So it came as some surprise when there was a request to alter this comforting and familiar spread into something new last year.

Being a man of tradition, it came with a little trepidation that sweet glazed ham replaced the roast turkey, macaroni and cheese took the place of the cornbread and sausage stuffing, and Brussels sprouts with bacon stood in for my green bean casserole. When I asked what we should do instead of mashed potatoes, my sister made it explicitly clear that those were to go nowhere. Still, I couldn't help but wonder what would be an appropriate starchy side that would go with the new meal that was taking shape, and thought these pimento cheese twice-baked potatoes would fit in seemlessly.

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Tue Aug 5, 2014

Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers

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Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers

My discovery of halloumi cheese is worthy of being called a "life changing moment." I remember it clearly—BZ Grill, a (then) new gyro shop opened up a few blocks away from where I was living in Astoria, Queens. My wife and I went for the gryos, which still rank as the best I've ever had, but upon perusing the menu, my better half opted for a halloumi sandwich.

Having never seen or heard of this hard Cypriot goat or sheep's milk cheese before, I was in awe as I watched the cook cut off slices and place them directly on the grill. The cheese not only kept its shape, but browned like a meat or veggie would over the high, direct heat. As if that weren't enough, the flavor and texture were incredible—slighty salty, a little tangy with a chew and squeak that I found really satisfying.

Ever since then, halloumi has become a regular item on my grill, but I tend to not do much with it beyond piling it into a pita or putting it in the occasional salad. Trying to think of different ways to use this grillable cheese, I came up with these halloumi and vegetable skewers, where it continued to triumph.

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Tue May 6, 2014

Grilled Cheese Tacos

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Grilled Cheese Tacos

Cinco de Mayo may be over, but my insatiable appetite for all things Mexican and Tex-Mex never ceases. So as a carryover, I bring you one more taco creation before I return to some more standard, All-American grilling. This particular taco came to light one day as I meandered through the grocery and came across a package in the Central American cheese section that was merely labeled "grilling cheese." The idea quickly struct me—how awesome would a grilled cheese taco be! So I grabbed a couple blocks of this grilling cheese, went home, and started a fire.

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Mon Jul 26, 2010

Watermelon and Haloumi, So Happy Together

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Watermelon & Haloumi Salad

It's kind of embarrassing that my recipe reserve currently out numbers what's actually on the blog. I'm sure you can understand that's hard to find the time to actually write about something when the grill sits just feet away, constantly beckoning. Being more prolific in cooking than writing, I often forget all of those photos laying dormant in Lightroom, just waiting to see the light of day. It's thanks to super Meatwaver Lindsay that this little gem came out of the closet.

She was talking up some exciting changes to a local bar at our Meativersary and got into how they even have a watermelon and haloumi salad, although it didn't compare to the one I had made a couple years back. With that, all the fond memories of this simple and wildly awesome salad came back, forcing me to spew out words to you describing the deliciousness a salty cheese and sweet melon can create when combined together.

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Tue Jul 20, 2010

Invasion of the Meatwads

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Meatwads

There are some people that are just pure genius, my good friend Chris falls into that category. Being separated by the distance between New York and Chicago, we don't see each other much, but when we do, it's often life changing. The last time he was in New York, way back in 2003, he told tales of how the Windy City was experiencing a full on Meatwave, and from that came all of this. He stopped by for a quick visit this winter with another nugget of brilliance, explaining the concept of the meatwad, leaving me once again bowing to his greatness. So without further adieu, I'm ready to drop some Meatwad my knowledge unto you.

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