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Summer’s Last Hurrah: The Raichlen Labor Day

Summer’s Last Hurrah: The Raichlen Labor Day

Labor Day already? It’s hard to believe summer’s over. Most of us will go back to school or back to work. But hopefully, everyone gets a last hurrah in the form of a Labor Day barbecue. If you’re like me, after a summer of cookouts, you’re ready for a party that’s anything but labor-intensive. A feast that’s big on flavor, but light on actual work. I have the answer and it’s an icon of American barbecue: pulled pork—specifically, the South Carolina...

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Grill the Ultimate Quesadilla

Grill the Ultimate Quesadilla

The quesadilla burst onto America’s culinary landscape in the 1990s. It was love at first bite. We loved the earthy-flavored, chewy-crisp tortillas, the gooey filling of melted cheese, the sting of the jalapeños. In true American fashion, we made Mexico’s “grilled cheese sandwich” our own, piling on chicken, duck, shrimp, even lobster. Makes you wonder if some of the more extravagant versions still contain cheese. In much of Mexico, quesadillas are actually cooked on a comal...

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The Salsas of Mexico

The Salsas of Mexico

Photo (clockwise from left): Grilled Tomatillos by Taz; Pico de Gallo by jeffreyw; Mango Salsa by Maggie Hoffman Quick: what’s America’s preferred condiment? Ketchup? Mustard? Mayo? No, mis amigos: it’s salsa. Born in pre-Colombian Mexico, this ancient condiment uses every flavor blaster in the New World arsenal—chilies, tomatoes, alliums, citrus, even squash seeds. And if you think salsa comes solely tomato red or tomatillo green, you haven’t experienced melon, papaya, or pineapple salsa. You should. Think of salsa as edible house music: the mellow fruitiness of tomatoes or tomatillos (yes, botanically both are fruits) electrified by fresh or dried chilies. The buzz of fresh...

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You Can Smoke What?

You Can Smoke What?

Salsa has replaced ketchup as America's favorite condiment. We make it from scratch at my house, but we smoke the vegetables first: heirloom tomatoes, Anaheim and poblano chiles, Vidalia onions, and elephant garlic. Now that's salsa! Here are some variations that draw inspiration from around the world: The West Indian: Char sliced pineapple on the grill, then dice and mix with grilled onions, poblanos, Scotch bonnets, brown sugar, lime juice,...

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Steven’s New TV Show (Part Two)

Steven's New TV Show (Part Two) More scenes from the taping of Steven's new TV show, The Primal Grill. In particular, some of the dishes you can look forward to seeing in May. Here Steven carves a spit-roasted whole rib roast. Argentinean style grilled peppers and eggplants. A birds eye view of grilled shrimp cocktail with Mediterranean salsa. Grilled oysters with chipotle barbecue sauce, cilantro, asiago, and tequila. Rotisserie...

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