In the summertime, when “real” homegrown tomatoes are available, this is one of my favorite recipes. During the tomato offseason, I’ll usually prepare this dish with canned tomatoes rather than grocery store tomatoes. Then I won’t whine about the lack of flavor from the so-called “vine-ripened” store-bought tomatoes as compared to the real deals. Who…

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Not to be confused with a Southwestern bean dish, this recipe is a somewhat spicy version of a traditional Asian stir-fry. As with any stir-fry, you’ll spend more time prepping than cooking. Just make sure that all of your ingredients are chopped and ready to go before you fire up the wok or skillet. The…

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Firing up the smoker isn’t always convenient, like in the dead of winter, or when you’re just short on time. Here’s a way to give you smoke-flavored burgers anytime. You can slap make these smoke-flavored venison patties right on a hot grill or freeze them for later. To freeze, place smoked patties on a lightly…

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Wrapping food in lettuce wraps has made a big impression on the dining public. These are cool and crisp on the outside and warm, crunchy, and smoky on the inside. The best way to serve lettuce cups is family style. Stack lettuce leaves, filling, and condiments like Asian hot sauce, hoisin sauce, and soy sauce…

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