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Thu Jul 11, 2019

Halloumi with Za'atar and Grilled Squash Couscous

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Halloumi with Za'atar and Grilled Squash Couscous

It was kismet that someone who loved grilling as much as I do, used to live in a Greek heavy neighborhood where halloumi—a salty, grill-able sheep and cow's milk cheese—was both plentiful and inexpensive. It had definitely become a staple in my diet and a go-to for recipe development. After moving to North Carolina, I assumed this magical cheese would cease to be part of my repertoire, but to my surprise, my new local grocery stores did stock the stuff, albeit at price almost twice that I was used to paying. So I didn't bid farewell to halloumi, but instead it became a special occasion thing rather part of the normal rotation. So it was with grand glee that, while at my corner Middle Eastern market the other day, I saw halloumi and inquired about the price and found out was even cheaper than what I was paying in Astoria. In a flash, I bought six bricks of it and came home and began making all new halloumi recipes again, starting with this halloumi with za'atar and grilled squash couscous.

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Thu Feb 21, 2019

Naan Pizza with Spiced Paneer

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Naan Pizza with Spiced Paneer

Sometimes I'm left wondering—when does a recipe cross a line from doable to too daunting for the average home cook? These naan pizzas with a spiced paneer serve as a good example of that question being brought to the top of my mind. I made them at a pizza-themed Meatwave and they were the biggest hit I had of the day, so it was a no brainer they'd be slated for a spot on the blog. When I began writing up the recipe though, the long laundry list of ingredients and multitude of steps the the final recipe required became more clear as I wrote everything down in its final format, leaving me to question if anyone would ever try making these themselves at all. In the end, I even left off an entire sauce I had used in my pizza to try to condense things down a bit, although I'm not sure I did myself any favors really. So I'll let you judge for yourself whether these "pizzas" are worth all that goes into them—I know for myself, the answer was a resounding yes!

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Thu Nov 29, 2018

Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwiches

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Grilled Pimento Cheese

You can't argue with a really good grilled cheese, right? Well, that was my logic when deciding to grill up these pimento cheese sandwiches at a Meatwave a couple months ago. I had a bit of a dilemma in that I was trying to find a suitable grilled vegetarian main to fit with a Mid-Atlantic theme, but kept coming up short of good ideas. I then set my sight a little further South and decided that, even if these sandwiches were a little off the mark geographically, they would certainly hit spot in my guest's hearts and bellies, and they did that quite well.

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Thu Mar 15, 2018

Grilled Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan

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Grilled Asparagus with Parmesan

I like to schedule my posts a couple months in advance, and back in January I thought by mid-March things would be warming up (at least here in Durham), I'd be feeling the desire to switch from orange to green veggies, and asparagus season would not be long off. As I'm sitting down to actually write the post a couple days before it goes live, I'm both watching a winter storm unfold outside of my window and will soon be venturing to the kitchen to cook burgers and roasted carrots for dinner—not quite the picture of a coming spring I imagined a couple months ago. So this post is more aspirational than realistic, but when that fresh, inexpensive asparagus starts to hit the markets soon, at least you'll be armed with this recipe to do it up right.

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Thu Mar 8, 2018

Cheese-stuffed Italian Meatballs

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Cheese-stuffed Italian Meatballs

Italian meatballs were the mother of all my meatball grilling efforts. That initial recipe was so good and successful, I've made meatballs a constant theme throughout the years, and while I've developed some other greats, I often return to that original Italian inspiration source. While I'm happy that I have a recipe that works over and over again, I had the idea to take these meatballs to the next level recently and stuff them with cheese, which ended up being an exercise in making an already good thing even better.

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