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Thu Oct 6, 2016

Grilled Cheese with Butternut Squash, Ricotta, Parmesan, Fontina, and Sage

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Grilled Cheese with Butternut Squash

The brutal heat made summer feel like forever this year, but the tides are finally changing and shorter days and a chill in the air has me craving the backbone of my fall diet—orange veggies. Sweet potatoes are my go-to, but butternut squash plays an import back-up roll when I'm craving sweet, long roasted vegetables that have the taste of seasonal comfort. I'll cook them every which way—as soups, salads, pasta sauces, etc.—but this time around I went for a new idea—stuffing some seriously delicious grilled cheese with grill-roasted butternut squash.

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Thu May 5, 2016

Strawberry and Halloumi Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

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Grilled Strawberry and Halloumi Salad

Just before I began writing this post, my wife told me one of the sweetest things—she picked up a pint of fresh strawberries at the farmer's market on her way home. It was soured though when she made it clear they were intended for her own personal smoothie use. Oh what a cruel fate, in the height of strawberry season I have my favorite fruit in its most delicious state sitting in the kitchen and was instructed not to eat it. There's no way I was going to be beholden to those demands and have already sneaked a few berries for myself, and that led me to thinking this is a perfect time to bust out this recipe for a strawberry and halloumi salad dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette.

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Tue Oct 13, 2015

Grilled Kefalotyri Cheese

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Kefalotyri

It's a glorious time here in Durham—the rain has stopped, the mosquitos are gone, and I'm back to grilling in this beautiful weather. I made up for lost time this weekend and did some outdoor cooking on both days. On Saturday the locale was a co-worker's cookout, and while I wanted to add to the menu, I had to also carefully consider what I could bring that wouldn't interfere too much with the host's own grilling. This meant choosing items that could be done quickly and not take up too much space. I ultimately opted for a couple sets of skewers—Asian beef skewers and Thai beef rolls—but it got me thinking about other items that might fit the bill. In terms of ease of prep, time required to cook, and impressibility, this simple grilled kefalotyri would do outstandingly well.

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Tue Jun 16, 2015

Grilled Halloumi Pita Sandwiches

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Halloumi Pita

Now is as good a time as any to let you in on some big Meatwave news—we're moving! Yup, I'm taking the plunge and saying goodbye to New York and hello to North Carolina early next month. While the move will hopefully mean more grilling and more recipes in the long run, there's sadness in losing some of the things I've come to take for granted in the neighborhood I've called home for nearly 13 years, Astoria. With a heavily Greek population, Mediterranean foods abound, and my wife and I have grown accustomed to easily making a delicious and quick dinner out of the readily available halloumi cheese, top quality pita, and tzatziki that combine into one stellar sandwich.

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Tue Apr 21, 2015

Grilled Queso Panela with Roasted Tomatillo and Poblano Salsa

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Queso Panela

Yes, you can grill cheese. I'm not talking about cheese between two slices of bread—also grillable—but bare slices of cheese thrown directly over the flames. Longtime readers of this blog probably already know this thanks to my obsession by one of the greatest cheeses of all time—halloumi. Halloumi is a very firm, salty goat and sheep's milk cheese from Cyprus that's a bit too hard when it's cold, but turns wonderfully creamy and squeaky when grilled or pan-fried. While I'll probably always advocate for halloumi as the best grilling cheese, it doesn't have a monopoly on the genre, and I tried out a whole host of others last summer including this queso panela that I served with a roasted tomato and poblano salsa.

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