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Summer Salad Redux

Innovative interpretations of the classic side dishes of summer!

You can write a book about what to cook during the summer time, and I almost complete an entire cookbook each season, but sometimes I’m in such a rush to make the great dishes that i love that I , almost, forget to cover the basics. With just a few weeks left of summer, but months left for farm fresh veggies and grilling, today I want to turn my attention to some of the classics, and look for interesting new riffs on the classic pasta salads, coleslaw, potato salad, grilled veggies, and...
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Recent Articles

Grab a Burger and Relax!

Life is funny, and predictable in so many ways. Take the summer. I break out the grill and the first things that gets fired up is a fabulous, juicy steak. Then come ribs, marinated then dry rubbed...
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Surprising Rice Salads

I’ve been writing a lot about meat lately, which is normal for me both because I like a nice piece of meat, particularly in the summer when the grill is going, and meat of all sorts are usually...
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Grilling for a Change

So, here I am trying to compile a few compelling grilled beef recipes and you know what I find? A ton of Filet Mignon recipes. That is so 1960 folks. Today we're grilling up the tough cuts. Well...
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Earlier Articles

Delicate and Delicious!

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While much of summer’s oohing and awing seems reserved for dry aged, grass fed and locally grown beef these days, not that I am complaining, eating beef on a daily basis can grow tiresome. We need variety in our lives, and while there are many... Read more »

Succulent and Summery Shrimp!

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I recently made a dish that was roughly a cross between Cioppino and a sea fra Diavolo. Spicy, tomatoey and with a nice hit of diced fennel, it was absolutely fabulous over rice, though it would be equally delicious over pasta or served with a... Read more »

Recipes for a Fabulous 4th!

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Summer is finally, actually, completely here and to celebrate we get this fabulous long weekend for the 4th of July. How fortuitous that the fourth falls on a Friday this year, ensuring that we all get the weekend off, though I know many of us... Read more »

Grab the Grill and Get Tacoing!

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One benefit of writing about food and wine all the time is that you are reminded of things you might have forgotten. Take tacos for examples. It's not like I'd forgotten about them actually, but I was reminded while doing some recent, umm,... Read more »

Gettin our Chicken on!

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We’ve had grilled chicken on the brain recently, and for some inspired recipes check out our recent article Great Grilled Chickens! Of course there are near infinite permutations of grilled chicken recipes and the wines that work with them so we... Read more »

Who Loves Grilled Pork?

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As we delve deeper into the grilling season it's time for pork to take center stage. I love grilled pork, heck I love pork, though I tend to find my meat at local butchers and farmsteads since the supermarket stuff tends to be, shall we say... Read more »

Great Grilled Chickens!

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With everyone getting in on the grilling game it's no surprise that grilled chicken is more popular than ever. We like chicken because it's a healthy meat, but the truth is the least healthy bits of the chicken tend to grill up the best. While... Read more »

Great Pasta Salad

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While we focus much of our time on grilling recipes each summer a beautiful piece of grilled meat does not a meal make. That's why we need us some pasta salad, and the truth is that a nice pasta salad just might a meal make. Albeit a light one!... Read more »

Inspiring Burgers

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The grill is out, summer is creeping into our days and nights, the patio furniture has been washed, the only thing left to do is to fire up that Smokey Joe and start cookin! Easing into the summer season means one thing for me. Finally getting a... Read more »

When you say BBQ...

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Yesterday we provided you with some suggestions regarding wines to pair with BBQ. The question was left intentionally vague, and the response that we received from our contributing wine writers were correspondingly all over the map. Today i just... Read more »

Our Favorite Wine With ‘Cue

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Just in time for memorial Day weekend, and the unofficial start of barbecue season, we’re bringing you some great suggestions for wines to pair with your ‘cue. Back again with suggestions from our favorite wine writers, this week’s... Read more »

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