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A Few of My Favorite Things - Pt. 7

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This entry will conclude the A Few of My Favorite Things series and cover my favorites from the Kebabs, Other, Soups & Stews, Salads, Sides & Desserts Sections of this site. I was torn on the best Stew so I picked two. Each item has the recipe name and a thumbnail of the cookbook the recipe came from. In the case of a thumbnail with a generic web link symbol, the recipe came from an internet source. Clicking on the recipe name link will bring you to the picture page for that recipe, where you can learn more about the recipe and its source-either the cookbook name, and page number or a link to the website.

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BEST KEBABS

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HAM & PINEAPPLE BROCHETTES:
Source:
Weber’s Real Grilling

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This was the toughest category to pick just one entry from. Most of the entries in here have proven to be excellent. What finally put this kebab on top of the list was the fact it was different than the typical American Kebab. The meat was ham and the veggie was pineapple which set it apart right away. The kebabs get sprinkled with a small amount of cayenne pepper and you get an unexpected little blast of hot. These are the kebabs I would make to surprise and impress people.

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BEST OTHER SECTION ENTRY:

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CHICKEN & VEAL ARABIATTA
Source:
Adapted From Various Web Sources

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I had this dish in an Italian restaurant that just opened in our town. It was chicken and veal in a red sauce, but what surprised and interested me was the blast of hotness in the sauce. Upon doing a little research I found the sauce contains red pepper flakes. I thought this might be a great candidate for smoking. I could smoke both the meat and the tomatoes used in the sauce. I found many recipes for this dish and I selected the portions of each recipe that sounded interesting. The end results were wonderful and I plan to find some more dishes like this that adapt well to smoking.


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 BEST SOUP:

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SPICY GRILLED CHICKEN SOUP
Source:
Char-Broil.com Website

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This tasty soup is a great way to use up fresh veggies in the summer. The veggies and chicken were grilled and then added to some chicken broth and simmered. This soup had a ton of veggies in it and every bite was different from the one before and after it. Grilling the veggies gave the soup a nice smoky flavor.


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BEST STEW NO. 1:

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BRUNSWICK STEW
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Various Web Sources

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This was a case where I just couldn’t decide between two dishes for which was the best stew. Both were something I’ve never had before and they were quite different from anything I’ve tried. The first was Brunswick Stew which was originally a pot luck kind of stew made up of smoked possum, rabbit, squirrel or whatever meat and veggies you’ve had on hand. It has become a staple of many BBQ joints down south and there are as many recipes for it as there are places serving it. I consolidated the best sounding ingredients from various recipes I found on the Web. The day before I made the soup, I smoked some boneless, skinless chicken breasts and a small pork roast. The following day I made the soup, which had so many different ingredients that it covered my entire kitchen counter. The taste was amazing, smoky, spicy and like the Spicy Chicken Soup above, every bite was a bit different. This was truly extraordinary stew.


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BEST STEW NO. 2:

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MOROCCAN LAMB STEW
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Serious Barbecue

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The other recipe vying for the Best Stew title was this Moroccan Lamb Stew. It too, used smoked meat, in this case lamb, which was rubbed with a very flavorful rub. The broth ingredients were very unusual: chicken broth, butter, onion slices, honey, garlic, thyme, marjoram & parsley. There was very little liquid to start but after hours in the Dutch oven the onions had broken down and there was a large amount of liquid broth at the end. Just before serving some herbs are added in together with some lemon juice. This soup had this wonderful blend of complex contrasting flavors and was different from any stew I’ve ever tasted. My father who likes lamb the least in our family actually liked this soup the best - that just shows you how different it was.


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BEST SALAD:

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SMOKEY POTATO SALAD
Source:
Williams-Sonoma Website

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One way to get me to eat salads is to grill the veggies. This salad combined parboiled new potatoes, red, yellow and green bell peppers, and scallions which were cooked in a grill pan until charred. The salad was topped with a homemade honey-mustard vinaigrette dressing and served warm. It was truly excellent and I guess I am ok with veggies as long as they are grilled.



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BEST SIDES:

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BOSS HAWG’S BBQ BEANS
Source:
America’s Best BBQ

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This recipe was a surprise from out of left field. About a year ago I found a recipe for home made baked beans that topped anything I’ve ever tasted. It was a somewhat long process where you started out on the stove, moved to the oven and finished on the grill with smoke. It was time consuming, but you can’t beat home made baked beans right? Wrong. This recipe is from the family of recipes called Doctored Beans, where you take canned beans and enhance them with other ingredients. The beans are then cooked for several hours on the smoker. This recipe sounded real good on paper, but I never expected them to come close to homemade baked beans. Well I was wrong-these are the best baked beans I’ve ever tried. I couldn’t believe my first bite. Besides the usual suspects in terms of ingredients, these beans add in apple and golden raisins, which gives them a unique flavor indeed. The bonus is: These doctored beans not only taste better, they are far easier to make than the homemade variety


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BEST DESSERT:

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SMOKE ROASTED APPLES
Source:
Primal Grill TV Show

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This amazing dessert is quite simple to make, but has amazing flavors. An apple has a large whole cut into it which receives a 4-tier filling of: butter, brown sugar, whipped cream cheese and apricot preserve. They get smoked for a couple of hours and the result is a sweet soft and flavorful dessert that melts in your mouth. The nice part is how little work it is and you can slip it into the smoker while you are making something else.

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OTHER BLOG ENTRIES IN THIS SERIES:

  A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS - PT. 1 The best items from the Beef Section of this site
  A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS - PT. 2 The best items from the Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Paninis, Pizzas, Quesadillas and Sandwiches Sections of this site
  A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS - PT. 3 The best items from the Poultry Section of this site
  A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS - PT. 4 The best items from the Fish and Lamb Section of this site
  A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS - PT. 5 The best items from the Pork Section of this site
  A FEW OF MY FAVORITE THINGS - PT. 6 The best items from the Vegetables Section of this site

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