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Thu Oct 24, 2019

Filipino Bistek Rolls

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Bistek Rolls

I was really excited to share some of my favorites of Filipino foods with my NC friends a couple months back, and when crafting a menu, the hardest thing for me to do was to pick only a handful of recipes from the tons of things I would have loved to cooked. To me, so many things were crucial to understanding the breadth of Filipino cuisine, and cutting dishes made me feel like I was going to end up with too narrow of a sampling. That's how I ended up making these bistek rolls, which really featured three separate recipes that all had their own unique Filipino stamps—sweet pan de sal, salty and savory bistek, and tart anchara. I was super happy how these came together, but when writing up the recipe, I realized that the undertaking might be a bit much for the average cook, although there's a lot of value, and a lot of delicious, in each piece of these mini-sandwiches.

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Thu Sep 19, 2019

BBQ Bacon Burgers

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BBQ Bacon Burgers

I've done a lot of different burger variations on this blog, but realized that I have failed to share my personal all time favorite topping combination. Whether at home or out, when I'm eating a burger, it's most likely to be adorned with the following: cheddar, bacon, fried or grilled onions, and barbecue sauce. It's a mixture that's made up of commonly found toppers, so I can pretty consistently get it almost anywhere I go, and with a burger this tasty, that's a really great thing.

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Thu Sep 5, 2019

Grilled Skirt Steak and Tomato Salad

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Steak and Tomato Salad

Sadly, the end of tomato season is upon us. There's likely just a week or two left to get the best, juiciest, and sweetness tomatoes you can until about 10 months from now when this magical time of year begins again. I decided I needed to really go for gold in this last dash to finish line, so decided to make a salad primarily of tomatoes. While at the farmer's market though, I kept grabbing more and more things to add to the dish and I ended up with this grilled skirt steak and tomato salad that was still very tomato centric, but was hearty enough to be an entire meal.

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Thu Aug 22, 2019

Brisket Tacos

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Brisket Tacos

Up until a couple years ago, I thought I needed to go to Texas to get my fix of truly incredibly beef brisket—no smokehouse near where I live comes anywhere close to the good stuff, and previous home efforts weren't up to snuff. Then all of that changed three summers ago when I finally smoked a brisket in my Weber bullet that was on par with what I'm used to getting in Texas. That shifted my outlook on brisket completely, and instead of shying away from cooking them, I started the make them more often. This summer I reached a point where brisket smoking began to feel monotonous and I wasn't satisfied with serving brisket as is, no matter how good it was. So when I smoked up another brisket beauty at my annual Carne-val celebration, I branched out just a bit and put together brisket tacos, but kept the entire thing very much Texas-influenced.

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Thu Jul 18, 2019

Nam Tok: Thai Beef Waterfall Salad

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Nam Tok

I feel like I've been openly lamenting the state of Thai food in the Triangle region of North Carolina a lot recently. I feel a little bad about that, but it's hard for me not to think about it when I'm left unsatisfied too often by not being able to get one of my favorite cuisines in a way that tastes true to its origins. This has led me to learn how to cook a lot more Thai food at home—and it's really not hard, it's mostly just a matter of procuring the correct ingredients—but I'm not always in the mood for cooking, so I still find myself eating out at Thai joint somewhat regularly. Despite my complaining, there have been a few bright spots I've come to rely on at the restaurants around here, one of those being nam tok, otherwise known as beef waterfall salad. This grilled beef salad is simple and doesn't require as many special ingredients as some other dishes, which may be one reason why its has faired better at restaurants, although homemade has still been best!

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