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Tue Nov 19, 2013

Sweet Potato and Corn Salad

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Sweet Potato and Corn Salad

One Thanksgiving staple I've never really been able to get behind are candied sweet potatoes. The natural sweetness of these tubers are one of my fall and winter pleasures, so why would you go and mask that with more sugar and marshmallows? Makes no sense to me and the dish feels as if I'm eating my dessert next to my main course. If I were to do a sweet potato side for the big holiday meal, it would be more in line with this sweet potato and corn salad, which I first came across when I was hosted at a tasting of recipes from the Brother Jimmy's BBQ Book.

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Tue Aug 13, 2013

Jalapeno Potato Salad

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Jalapeno Potato Salad

I remember a time when potato salad was the enemy—bland potatoes served in an unsuccessful attempt to make them creamy and tasty by adding an unforgiving onslaught of mayonnaise. That stuff is not for me. I need my potato salad bursting with flavor, assembled in a way that properly cooked spuds are layered with both complimenting and contrasting ingredients to make it a side to lust after. So far I've found this in a grilled new potato salad, and a German potato salad, and today I'm proud to say that adding to that list with a jalapeno potato salad.

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Tue Sep 18, 2012

Grilled Romaine Salad with Spicy Ranch, Tomatoes, and Fried Onions

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Grilled Romaine Salad

I'm fresh off a four day trip to Decatur, Alabama, where the folks at Kingsford invited me down to learn the ropes of competition 'cue with pitmaster Chris Lilly and then compete in the annual Riverfest event. Needless to say, on a barbecue press trip run by Kingsford and the man at the helm of Big Bob Gibson, I was extremely well fed with endless grilled and smoked goodies along with biscuits, gravies, and pies. Now I can't complain at all about this, but it did undo a bit of my work I've been keeping up for most of the summer to bring in the waistline. I'm not quite ready to give in to fall and winter gluttony quite yet, so I'm going into rebound mode, which calls for a salad or two, but that doesn't mean I have to shy away from the grill.

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Tue Jul 31, 2012

Skirt Steak Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing

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Skirt Steak Salad

From time to time I let my neurotic tendencies take aim on my weight. Sure, from the outside I may look like the skinny guy in the world of barbecue, but I've been on an upward trend for many years, only finding downward momentum when my brain decides that the scale finally reads higher than acceptable and uses all of its power to reverse the expansion until fully placated. I'm currently in one of those periods of my life, and I'm happy to report I've done better than normal and will most likely resume full gluttony shortly. While I've found that trying to change my diet is a loosing battle—most loss comes from portion control—I can trick myself into the occasional "healthy" meal by making it something I cannot resist, like this skirt steak salad with a cilantro-lime dressing.

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Thu Jan 13, 2011

This Fatty Needs a Salad

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Wilted Spinach and Portobello Salad

As expected, the holidays have left more than few additional pounds reading on the scale, which is on top of all that I amassed last year. Looking at me you may not be able to tell, but my sister-in-law hit the nail on the head when she labeled me a "skinny fat person." Sure, I'm still fitting into medium shirts (arguably) and 32" jeans (after mastering the art of sucking-in), but I know all too well the truth that lays underneath. So that means it's time for a salad. Salad, what? No meat, what what what??!? Yes, that's right, at least once this year I'll sit down and consume something healthy for me, but it's sure as hell is still going to be grilled!

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