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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 Jul 4, 2019

Honey Mustard Potato Salad

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Honey Mustard Potato Salad

It's been customary for me to relinquish grilling duties on the major summer holidays—I figure these are the days my friends are more likely to hold their own cookouts, so it's a good time for me to take a break from playing host. Now that Fourth of July is upon us, it felt fitting to put aside my recipes the require a live fire and share one of my favorite non-grilled side dishes I've made lately—this honey mustard potato salad.

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Thu Jun 27, 2019

Smoked Carnitas Tacos

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Smoked Carnitas Tacos

When I need to feed a lot of people, I almost always turn to pork shoulder. This cut is economical, high yield, and cooks reliably, that makes it a no brainer for me to use at any larger scale cookout. The only problem with this is, over the years, I've fallen into a predictable pattern of serving it again and again. Now that's not necessarily a bad thing, but for someone who thrives on developing new recipes, it can feel limiting. So at my annual barbecue blowout, Carne-val, I decided to try to do something slightly different this year—I still picked up a couple giant pork butts, but instead of giving them the tried and true barbecue seasoning, I made up something with influences taken from Mexican carnitas. The results were, at the same time, familiarly comfortable and excitingly different.

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Thu Jun 20, 2019

Grilled Tuna Wonton Nachos

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Grilled Tuna Wonton Nachos

These grilled tuna wonton nachos might just be the start of something that will probably make a lot of readers happy—more seafood recipes! My Meatwave constituency has seen the addition of pescatarians this year, and that's what pushed me into thinking about a seafood addition to my Tiki-themed cookout a couple months ago. I personally am not big on fish, but I'm always trying to broaden my horizons and become a better eater, so I came up with a recipe that sounded so delicious to me, there was no way I wasn't going to eat. At the end of the day though, I wasn't the only one who found some love for these nachos—so many of my guests were gushing about this dish.

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Thu Jun 13, 2019

Smoked Barbecue Jackfruit

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Barbecue Jackfruit

I'm now enjoying my fifth summer here in Durham, which also marks the amount of time I've been more consciously cooking vegetarian recipes at The Meatwave. That fateful move had a rather unexpected outcome of my meatless constituency rising dramatically, and I've become a lot more adept at vegetarian grilling since then. I've realized recently that in doing that, I've fallen into a predicable pattern of picking up some extra-firm tofu and just marinading it in whatever sauce I already have going for other meat dishes. This has undoubtedly resulted in some rather tasty concoctions, and also allows my vegetarian guests have an experience similar to the meat-eaters, but it's also kind of left me in a rut where I'm not considering all the possibilities out there to make things more unique and even more delicious. So when I was planning my large Carne-val celebration this year, where pulled pork is often on the menu, I didn't go straight for the tofu (which I've done before) and instead looked to smoked and pulled jackfruit to deliver up a great barbecue experience that every Meatwaver could enjoy.

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