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Tue Jul 29, 2014

Spicy and Chunky Baba Ghanoush

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Chunky & Spicy Baba Ghanoush

While in Southern Spain last spring, I came across a baba ghanoush in a Moroccan restaurant that was so starkly different than what I make that it ignited a desire to try to put together something similar as soon as I got home. It took me a few years to get a baba ghanoush recipe I really loved, and since then, I haven't changed a thing, but this new variation challenged me to rethink how to put together this smoky eggplant dip. My recipe was smooth, this dip was chunky. My recipe was mellow, this had a kick of heat to it. My recipe was thick and creamy, this one was thinner and oily (in a good way). So I had my work cut out for me, but I was up to the task and this spicy and chunky baba ghanoush is what came out of it.

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Thu May 1, 2014

10 Grilling Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

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10 Cinco de Mayo Recipes

It's no secret that I have a strong affinity for Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisine. Having grown up in a wasteland of mediocre to bad Mexican restaurants, it wasn't until my (now) wife brought me down to her home state of Texas for the first time that I realized how incredible Mexican food really is. The flavors often invoke a freshness and brightness that pairs with spicy and fruity peppers that combine into plates that are as exhilarating as they are beautiful. Alongside barbecue, Mexican, and its cross-border incarnations, have become the backbone of what I cook at home, and so over the years, it only makes sense that I've collected a slew of really great Mexican grilling recipes on the blog. It's more than enough to put together an excellent spread for Cinco de Mayo (or any party for that matter).

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Tue Apr 8, 2014

Grilled Ratatouille

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Grilled Ratatouille

If you'd be so kind as to indulge me in one more consecutive veggie post, I promise we'll get back to the meat next week. Usually multiple vegetable recipes would be a difficult thing to pull off in my meat-centric diet, but as spring starts to settle in, I find I have a somewhat short-lived love affair with fresh vegetables as a response to the winter thaw. It's not just that I want some vegetables here and there, I want them all, and I want them now. Making use of a lot of different veggies at once (well, one is fruit, if you want to get technical), this grilled ratatouille fulfills on those veggie cravings like nothing else.

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Thu Apr 3, 2014

Pimientos de Padrón

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Pimientos de Padrón

So the Veggiewave was just another cruel April Fool's joke, the meat will continue! There was a little truth in that prank though—it's becoming clear I need to balance my diet better to ensure I'm around for a long to keep enjoying the meaty delights of life. So while you can breath a sigh of relief that we won't be all veggie, all the time, there will certainly be some more sides and main that could be construed as a "healthier options," but that doesn't mean they aren't incredibly delicious. Take these pimientos de Padrón for example. They're basically just peppers (fruit), olive oil (good for you oil), and a little sea salt, but they're so tasty that I have no problem devouring an entire plate of them in one sitting.

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Tue Apr 1, 2014

Welcome to the Veggiewave!

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Vegetarian Grilling Recipes

Hello Meatwavers!

Or should I rather say, Veggiewavers!

Yup, that's right, the Meatwave is going vegetarian. Right now I'm sure you're having thoughts like, "How can this be?" or "Judas!" or simply "Noooooooo!!?!?!?!," but please, before you pass judgement and jump ship, let me explain...

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