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Thu Sep 26, 2019

Aleppo Pepper and Mint Chicken Skewers

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Aleppo Pepper and Mint Kebabs

Meatwave devotees probably already know this, but spicy foods are my jam. It like a lot of flavor, and it's always a plus when there's some heat behind that. So I was pretty giddy when I decided to do my first Meatwave ever solely dedicated to recipes that focused on hot chilies. I knew every recipe I made would be designed to win my heart, but as I was crafting the menu, I began worrying about my guests who were not hot heads like myself. That brought me around to a finding a pepper that could still deliver some heat, but was more focused on flavor, and I found the perfect answer in these Aleppo pepper and mint chicken skewers.

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Thu May 23, 2019

Huli Huli Chicken Tacos

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Huli Huli Tacos

In recent years, I've become more conscious in writing about food and cultures that are not my own. For me, that hasn't translated to limiting my recipe scope, but understanding more where the food comes from, what it means to people, and trying to honor that as much as possible. I'm not sure how much of it comes across in my posts and recipes, but it's definitely in my thoughts as I tackle dishes I'm planning on sharing here. That has led to me searching out more ingredients and processes that are true to a recipe's origins, but I'm also aware I haven't been everywhere, know everything, and am sometimes naive and prone to mistakes—everything's a learning process, right? Sometimes I'm led down wrong paths, and the first time I cooked and shared a post on huli huli chicken that I had based off of a recipe I saw in Cook's Illustrated, commenters let me know that it wasn't totally faithful to its Hawaiian origins, although it was delicious in its own right. I keep coming back to this recipe that coats chicken with a sweet pineapple glaze, and it felt really fitting to resurrect it in this taco form for a Tiki-themed Meatwave I hosted recently, but I'm left wondering if it's time I drop the "huli huli" label and give it a name that doesn't have representation complications attached.

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Thu Feb 7, 2019

Barbecue Chicken French Bread Pizzas

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French Bread Pizza

It's hard to remember the last time I had a French bread pizza—it had to be while I was still in high school when boxes of Stouffer's pizza were not an uncommon item to find in our freezer. I guess once I left home, I also left behind French bread pizza altogether, and there really isn't a good reason for that because it's not like I didn't like this garlic bread and pizza amalgamation. When putting together a last minute Meatwave during an unseasonably warm Sunday this past December, I thought pizza would be something I could pull off on short notice, although pizza events always tend to a lot of work for me during the actual cookout due to the time and attention it takes to prepare pies with fresh dough. So I got to thinking how much easier it would be to swap dough for bread and, all of sudden, French bread pizza was back in my life!

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Thu Jan 31, 2019

Thai Chicken Satay Wings

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Satay Wings

I'm closing out an epic five-recipe Wing Month with an oldie, but goodie. Well, the wing recipe is technically new, but it's comprised of a marinade and sauce for Thai chicken satay that I've been using for many, many years. I actually was never much a fan of chicken satay until I started using this specific recipe, which I find much more flavorful and exciting than the satay that most commonly graces plates at Thai restaurants. I also have never been a lover of peanut dipping sauces, but the one here is incredible and I literally can't get enough of it—I'll eat it by the spoonful! So put these two things together, and it makes for one mighty fine chicken wing.

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Thu Jan 24, 2019

Peruvian Chicken Wings

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Peruvian Chicken Wings

I'm lucky to have a really great and prolific Peruvian chicken spot in my neighborhood. The joint is called Alpaca (when I first moved to town it was still Mama Nora's) and their chicken is seasoned perfectly, then roasted using charcoal so it gets a nice smoky touch, and finally they let you get as much aji verde as you desire, and I can never get enough of the amazingly spicy and flavorful sauce. Since it's so easy for me to get awesome Peruvian chicken, I never even think of making it home, but when planning out Wing Month, I thought Peruvian wings would make a grand addition to the line-up and decided to try out a recipe. It would have been hard to go wrong here, so it was no surprise that these ended up being wings I highly suggest you give a whirl out at home too.

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