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Tue Feb 10, 2015

Grilled Spiced Cauliflower

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Grilled Spiced Cauliflower

Growing up, I was pretty sure cauliflower contained the plague, or at least I treated it as such, going so far as to remove it from my plate prior to indulging in anything else it sat next to, which was guaranteed to be at least 1000x more delicious in comparison, no matter what it was. I know I didn't give cauliflower a fair shake, but neither did it ever present itself as anything except a bland, pale, and unappetizing vegetable that was almost always either under or over cooked.

In my formative eating years, I was forced to face cauliflower head on though—one week after another, a different colored variety presented itself in our weekly CSA bounty that I had to find use for. I quickly learned that roasting it at a high temperature created an appealing slightly crisp outside with a tender, but not mushy, inside that transformed it from something I actively avoided to openly loved.

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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 11, 2014

Pimento Cheese Twice Baked Potatoes

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Pimento Cheese Twice-baked Potatoes

It was a gradual, creeping change. Year by year, one by one, I took over every dish of the Thanksgiving dinner, save the out of season asparagus my Mother insists on. At this point, I've settled into a menu that adorns the holiday table each year, a series of dishes I think of as family tradition. So it came as some surprise when there was a request to alter this comforting and familiar spread into something new last year.

Being a man of tradition, it came with a little trepidation that sweet glazed ham replaced the roast turkey, macaroni and cheese took the place of the cornbread and sausage stuffing, and Brussels sprouts with bacon stood in for my green bean casserole. When I asked what we should do instead of mashed potatoes, my sister made it explicitly clear that those were to go nowhere. Still, I couldn't help but wonder what would be an appropriate starchy side that would go with the new meal that was taking shape, and thought these pimento cheese twice-baked potatoes would fit in seemlessly.

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Tue Nov 4, 2014

Grilled Cabbage with Ginger-Miso Dressing

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Grilled Cabbage with Ginger-Miso Dressing

Unless it's turned into coleslaw, I can't say cabbage is a very attractive vegetable to me. I've had it in the back of my mind to try grilling cabbage for years, but all the recipes I came across relied on roasting it, with or without a stuffing, until tender. I see little to no appeal in mushy, soft cabbage, so it never popped out at something I should make over anything else. Then over at Serious Eats, Kenji did a post on grilling cabbage that kept it tender-crisp, had an excellent char, and paired it with a number of dressings I could totally get behind. Instantly cabbage turned from something to actively avoid into a dish I needed to grill as soon as possible, which is exactly what I did.

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Tue Sep 9, 2014

Ajvar

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Ajvar

Spending a lot of time to find just the right recipe for cevapi—an uncased grilled Balkan sausage—it would have been a shame to serve it with a subpar ajvar—the traditional roasted red pepper sauce accompaniment. So while already at the grill, I took a shot at preparing ajvar in a few different ways to find the one that could proudly sit on the plate next to those delicious sausages.

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