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Tue Dec 6, 2016

Meat Your Match

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Meat Your Match

It felt weird putting a Meatwave on the schedule for mid-November—in New York the season was pretty much always brought to a halt halfway through October due to the fall chill, but I was hopeful that North Carolina would do me right and produce one more 60°F day to allow me to put a nice cap on 2016. Luckily I was not disappointed and got a beautiful sunny and warm, albeit windy, afternoon where I was able to host my friends one last time this year, serving up a menu full of Indian-inspired meats and more at Meat Your Match.

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Tue Nov 8, 2016

Meateorology

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Meateorology

I notoriously hate leftovers. I always feel bad tossing any remaining morsels from a meal or Meatwave, but the reality is I save them in a guise of not being wasteful, but I know they're just going to sit in my fridge for a week until I deem them too old for consumption, at which point they ultimately get the boot. So it's a little odd that I architected my last Meatwave to result in an abundance of leftovers, but I had good plans for all those smoked meats, forming them into new dishes that even I would be eager to consume, and so was born Meateorology.

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Tue Oct 25, 2016

Carne-val 2016

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Carne-val 2016

I haven't been so attentive to the blog recently, but that's for good reason—I've pretty much in non-stop motion for the past four weeks, a period that was kicked off with this Meatwave. The combination of the super hot summer and discovery of what it means to be a homeowner had me putting off the Meatwave ever since my housewarming cookout back in July. Now that I was ready to get things on track again after a prolonged absence, I felt the need to make up for lost time. So I picked up a ton of different meats to throw in the smoker, invited all my friends and neighbors, and put on an event worthy of being this year's Carne-val—our annual celebration of all that is meat!

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Tue Jul 19, 2016

Meat Me at Home

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Meat Me at Home

I'm a homebody by nature, and The Meatwave is a reflection of that—I prefer to stay at home, cook, and have friends come to me rather than go out. Likewise, my sense of home is strong, making me one not apt to move around, so the fact that this Meatwave represented its second home in less than a year is kind of a big deal for me. The good news behind all the moving is that this is hopefully The Meatwave's forever home, and what better way to warm it than with tons of grilled goodies!

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Tue Apr 26, 2016

Eat. Meat. Repeat.

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Eat. Meat. Repeat.

I knew there would be a number of my favorite foods I'd have to leave behind when I relocated from New York to North Carolina. I thought one of them was going to be my beloved arepas—Venezuelan stuffed corn cakes—from Arepas Cafe in Astoria, but once I got down to Durham, I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were actually a couple areapa spots in town. Both ended up being fine, but fell short of matching the quality and combinations of Arepas Cafe and ultimately left a hole in my heart. This led me to try my hand at arepa making over the winter, and to my surprise, it wasn't difficult at all to make ones that came close to what I consider ideal. I've been so overjoyed with this discovery that I wanted to share what I consider the pinnacle of arepas with all my friends here in North Carolina, so made the first Meatwave of the 2016 season one that celebrated these Venezuelan specialities and a more.

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