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Tue Oct 23, 2018

The Meat-Atlantic

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The Meat-Atlantic

I seriously think this Meatwave season has been cursed. In no other year have I had to cancel or postpone more Meatwaves, and when we did host cookouts, we often faced adverse weather conditions. This particular event, comprised of Mid-Atlnatic specialities, was supposed to happen back in March, but a continuing cold snap forced its delay. Then it was supposed to happen in September, but again we were foiled, this time by Hurricane Florence, so we pushed it to October. When it came to Meatwave week this time, we faced yet another hurricane, but luckily this one passed through quickly and we were looking at sunny and pleasant weather on a Sunday for once. Then that morning came, and what had been a favorable forecast turned into a cold and rainy morning, but luckily the rain stopped right in time for the meat to start flowing, and while the sun never did come out, we were finally able to put this long-awaited Meat-Atlantic in the books.

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Tue Aug 28, 2018

Franks for the Meat

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Franks for the Meat

Between vacation and time in New York for family and work matters, I've really only been home a little over a week in the last month. This left missing my friends and the Meatwave, but also with very little time to actually put together any type of extensive menu if I wanted to host a cookout to bring the things I was longing for back into my life. When I've run into scenarios like this in the past, I always fall back on a simple hot dogs and hamburgers affair, which in the midst of my continual focus on new recipes, is actually a comfort and welcome change of pace. I was starting to go in that direction and then thought, why even do both burgers and franks, why not just focus on hot dogs alone? And that's how Franks for the Meat was born, but even when faced with only couple days to shop and prep, I still couldn't bring myself to serve hot dogs in the minimalist sense and ended up making five different variations on the theme that were inspired from around the world.

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Tue Jul 17, 2018

Meatle Eastern

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Meatle Eastern

Since moving to Durham, I've adjusted the Meatwave schedule to mostly happen in the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, because let's face it, it's just too damn hot and humid for it to be pleasant to sit outside for hours on end in the dead of summer here. This year I got tripped up though by some unusually cold and wet early spring months that made me fall behind in my ambitious meat-related plans, so to make up for lost time, I decided I needed to continue hosting no matter what the weather was. This led me to implementing some new Meatwave features to beat the heat, along with devising a menu of Middle Eastern-influenced food that would be fitting for the scorching weather.

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Tue Jun 19, 2018

Carne-val 2018

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Carne-val 2018

I used to never throw cookouts on the big grilling holidays—I figured chances were high someone else would be playing host on those days, so it was my time to take a break and just be a guest. That changed last year when I mashed-up our annual Carne-val celebration with Memorial Day, and the turnout was so great, I decided to do a repeat again this year. With a growing base of friends here in Durham, this equated to probably 50 or more folks showing up, and while I was armed with more than enough meat, feeding so many, so quickly had me ending the day with something that has never really happened before—being so busy I had almost no time to take photos. So while the day was great, albeit exhausting, I'm relying a bit on past photos to tell the story, which feels a little weird to me, but I still wanted to document all the greatness that was Carne-val 2018.

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Tue Apr 24, 2018

Garden of Meaty Delights

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Garden of Meaty Delight

Man, I'm not sure how I survived so long each year when I was in New York without a Meatwave. It was only back in mid-October that we had our last one here in NC, but I've been so itching to get this 15th season started that it's felt way, way longer than that. I think the fact that the cold, snow, and rain put dampers on previous attempts to get things started up again have made things worse, and I felt a growing anxiety as my list of recipe ideas kept getting longer as more time passed. Well, this past Sunday we were finally blessed with a beautiful day to kickoff this season, and I made sure each dish in this cookout really counted.

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