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August 2011

One hot mess after another

The past few weeks have been nothing short of chaos.  Our world gone from bright to bleak and back again. Schedules have …

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Salmon Ceviche

If there is a perfect recipe for hot summer days, civiche has got to be it.  It’s simple, no cook and is …

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Oven “Smoked” Beef Brisket

There are those who will go out of their way to tell you (loudly) that you cannot possibly create a great, smoky brisket in a home oven. They will extoll (also loudly) that you cannot get the flavor or texture of smoked brisket without a specialized smoker or pit. These people will then usually go on to mock (very loudly) what has come to be known as Faux-B-Que as the greatest evil to ever be foisted upon the world of Barbecue.

Sadly, in as much as I know and love some of these individuals, they are terribly, horribly wrong.

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Crostini with Roast Beef and Salsa Fresca

Are you looking for a dish that is quick, light and packed with flavor? How about one that can be cooked on the grill so you don’t have to heat up the house? What if I told you that it can be served as an appetizer or as the main course… Would you be interested?

This is one of those cases where less really is more. Each component stands on its own but also blends into a harmonious whole that somehow becomes something new. Something special. Yes, it’s just beef, salsa and garlic rubbed toast, but it’s better than that. It’s more complete.

Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo (Salsa Fresca) Recipe

Can something made from 6 humble ingredients inspire you? In the case of pico de gallo, it can and should. Fast, simple, colorful and flavorful, this proto-salsa is often overlooked as simply another condiment, but it is so much more than that.

For starters, it’s an exceptional addition to any cook’s arsenal because it can be served to anyone. Pico de gallo is fat-free, gluten free, vegan, raw food, lactose-free and dairy free. It has no nuts, sweeteners or artificial anything. Short of allergies to citric acid or peppers, this dish runs the gamut for allergy friendly foods, which makes me a very happy boy indeed.