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Tue Dec 16, 2014

Coke and Pineapple Glazed Ham

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Coke and Pineapple Glazed City Ham

I'm a ham fiend, but this sweet swine is usually relegated to a once-a-year occasion, when it takes center stage at my in-laws Christmas party. In that one night, I bask in the ecstasy of the cured and smoked meat, stuffing myself well beyond reason.

While I'm pretty well versed in ham consumption, when I was plotting to prepare one myself last fall, I realized that my experience cooking it was limited to a single prior attempt. Although it's a seemingly simple prospect—hell, the thing is already cooked—I learned that the devil is in the details and decided to do a test run, which led to this amazing Coke-and pineapple-glazed ham.

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Tue Dec 9, 2014

Spinach and Mushroom-Stuffed Beef Tenderloin

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Mushroom & Spinach Stuffed Beef Tenderloin

A grand holiday like Christmas requires a fitting centerpiece on the table, and the enormity and richness of a large slab of beef seems an apt player for that role. For a special occasion such as this, I'd probably shell out for an incredibly flavorful rib roast, give it a lot of salt and pepper, roast it on the grill until medium-rare, serve, and then take my seat behind Santa in delivering some joy to the day.

Partly because that seemed too easy, and partly because a straightforward rib roast is covered territory, I wanted to take on a more involved beef project for my Christmas main, which is how I came to make this spinach and mushroom stuffed beef tenderloin.

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Tue Dec 2, 2014

Grilled Sweet Potato Wedges

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Sweet Potato Wedges

I'm all about the sweet potato all fall and winter. There's rarely a hearty main I wouldn't pair up with the sweet velvety innards of these orange tubers, which bring instant comfort to me. Although I've done plenty of sweet potato recipes on the grill, I've never quite gotten them to the same point of perfection over the flames as I have in the oven. I thought it was about time I gave the sweet potato the attention it deserves, making it as great as it can be in wedge form on the grill.

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Tue Nov 25, 2014

Thanksgiving Leftover Panini

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Thanksgiving Leftover Panini

Leftovers aren't my thing. While I watch a barrage of Facebook friends post their Thanksgiving meals eaten again and again in the days following the holiday, I can usual stomach those reheated, suboptimal pieces of turkey, stuffing, and cranberry sauce maybe once, preferably never. Feeding a family of only six, an assload (it's a technical term) of leftovers is a reality though, so I'm in search of ways to transform them into something I would want to eat in order to avoid what shouldn't be inevitable waste. I've found as least one answer to this problem by way of a Thanksgiving leftover panini.

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Tue Nov 18, 2014

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Breast With Cornbread Stuffing

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It's Not You, It's Meat

The first Thanksgiving my wife (then girlfriend) spent with my family, her mother asked if she could send us a holiday ham as a gift. My wife was left explaining that it might not be most appropriate present for a Jewish family, thus beginning the tradition of a lovely in-law-provided floral centerpiece on our Thanksgiving table.

Oh, how I wished things went differently, though.

I have an insatiable appetite for ham, and knowing that those flowers could have just as easily been a beautiful, sweet city ham gnaws at me each successive holiday. We've long since given up keeping kosher and I've been waiting for the right time to introduce the idea of a ham instead of a bird. Well, it turned out that last year was finally when it happened. The only problem? The murmur of an absentee turkey didn't elate everyone to the same degree, so I was left trying to find the right scaled-down version of turkey to satisfy everyone at the table.

Given the circumstances, a bacon-wrapped stuffed turkey breast may seem a little counterintuitive, but it hit a lot of the right notes—it was small, brought in the cornbread stuffing that was also going to to go missing, and was pretty much guaranteed to be delicious, and I wasn't left disappointed.

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