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Donna Griffith

Appetizer: Baba Ghanoush Recipe

Baba ghanoush is an eggplant-based dish that originated in the Middle East. In North America, it’s used as a dip for pita and vegetables, but in Egypt it’s a side dish. Grilling the eggplant before peeling the skin gives it a delightful, smoky flavor.

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Appetizer: Sesame Grilled Meatballs Recipe

So I’m sitting here one day working on this book and I think to myself, why couldn’t you do meatballs on a grill? And guess what — turns out you can, and they’re way easy, way fun, and way good. Who knew?

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Appetizer: Grilled Hot Wings 3 Ways Recipe

This recipe serves up classic chicken wings in not one, but three different varities. A classic Buffalo sauce sets the pace, while a smoky barbecue sauce and Asian sesame chile sauce take us outside of our comfort zone. It'll be hard to pick your favorite, we guarantee.

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Appetizer: Grilled Nectarines with Prosciutto di Parma Recipe

Playing up the flavors of sweet and savory, the prosciutto di Parma adds the perfect texture to the soft, grilled nectarines.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common

Appetizer: Grilled Oysters with Rosemary Brown Butter Recipe

The combination of oysters and rosemary brown butter is always served at Artisan Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common.

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Florida Department of Citrus

Main: Grilled Cowboy Steaks with Florida Citrus-Roasted Chile Salsa Recipe

This steak recipe uses orange juice to give it a light and refreshing flavor for summer, and the roasted chile salsa adds a hint of heat. 

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Ellen Silverman

Main: Grilled Tuna Rolls Recipe

I basically love anything that comes in a hot dog bun… except hot dogs (sorry, Dad). I mean, what the heck is in those things? Anyway, inspired by the glorious East Coast tradition of fish deliciousness in a bun, I made these one summer when I had tuna steaks in the fridge for dinner but had an unexpected group of hungry lunch guests. The tuna stretches really far in the hot dog buns and the vinaigrette really makes it pop.

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Main: Ginger Tofu Recipe

This easy-to-make marinade for tofu comes from Hodo Soy Beanery, based in Oakland, Calif. Spicy and sweet, this recipe can be cooked on the grill or inside on a grill pan.

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Viviane Bauquet Farre

Main: Grilled Vegetable Napoleons with Spicy Scallion Vinaigrette Recipe

Red peppers, zucchini, balsamic-glazed tofu, shiitake mushrooms, and baby bok choy are grilled before being assembled in cheerful napoleons. The succulent morsels are then drizzled with a spicy scallion vinaigrette, adding a dose of heat as well as zingy, green scallion flavors. A hearty and protein-filled main course, these grilled vegetable napoleons pack a lot of flavor in every bite — smoky, deep, spicy, robust, crunchy, it’s a carnival for the taste buds!

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Whole Foods Market

Main: Rosemary-Lime Wild Alaska Salmon Kabobs Recipe

These light kabobs are a perfect complement for summer salads or on top of a bed of couscous or quinoa pilaf.

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Whole Foods Market

Main: Grilled Lamb Chops with Cherry Salsa Recipe

Sweet cherries make a flavorful salsa to go with lamb chops rubbed with sea salt and lime zest.

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Alice Currah

Main: Thai Marinated Grilled Chicken Skewers Recipe

My kids cannot resist these tender, juicy Asian-inspired chicken skewers. The combination of ginger, cardamom, and curry, sweetened by brown sugar, is sweet, savory, and bold! Serve them with a side of peanut-coconut sauce and your taste buds will thank you. 

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Frances Janisch

Main: Peppercorn Brined Pork Chops Recipe

Who doesn’t love a big, juicy, grilled pork chop? This recipe is so simple and takes only minutes in the kitchen. We like to brine our pork chops for 24 hours, so we make the brine a day ahead of time. We are enamored of European pork, which tends to have a higher fat content than its American counterpart, but the brine adds moisture that your pork might otherwise lack. If you can get locally raised, free-range pork from a farm stand or butcher, you will be rewarded with some of the most succulent pig you have ever sunk your teeth into.

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Main: Grilled Citrus Gator Ribs Recipe

These Grilled Citrus Gator Ribs are out of this world. If you've never had alligator ribs before, you're completely missing out on a local delicacy. These ribs are a local favorite in the gator-rich habitats of Florida, where they're a popular and delicious treat.

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Tim Byres

Side: Grilled Asparagus Salad with Spicy Herbed Pesto Recipe

Though pesto is typically made with basil, Parmesan, pine nuts, and garlic, adding a little bit of heat gives a great twist to this classic asparagus dish. It's the perfect spring starter for a weeknight dinner.

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Will Budiaman

Side: Grilled Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Here's a quick and simple side dish that gets a flavor boost from the grill. Charring sweet potatoes on the grill gives them a smoky edge, and a piquant cilantro-lime dressing contrasts nicely with their natural sweetness.

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Tejal Rao

Side: Elotes Callejeros (Grilled Corn) Recipe

An addictive spring/summer recipe from chef Akhtar Nawab of La Esquina in New York City. If you’re unable to find cotija (a tangy, crumbly cheese), then try using feta instead.

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Brian Moyers

Side: Grilled Watermelon Salad Recipe

What's better to cool down in the summer months than some thirst-quenching watermelons? Chef Moyers' grilled watermelon salad is a fun twist on an All-American classic.

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Dessert: Grilled Strawberry Pound Cake Recipe

Grilled pound cake is my signature dessert. It’s a perfect match for my style of cooking, which is heavy on barbecue, the real, slow-smoked kind, as well as when I fire up the grill. Sure, you can make your own pound cake and ice cream from scratch or you can save some time and pick some up at the store.

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Dede Wilson

Dessert: Grilled Peach Pizza Recipe

This fruit pizza is really is just an open-faced rustic tart featuring a chewy pizza dough, a creamy mascarpone topping sweetened with brown sugar and flavored with rum, and slices of fresh peaches. The slightly smoky flavor from the hardwood charcoal livens up the fruit wonderfully. If you are using propane, the effect will be subtle, but still luscious and unexpected.

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Missy Chase Lapine

Dessert: Grilled Peaches with Toasted Almond Granola Topping Recipe

Grilling peaches quickly transforms a seasonal fruit into an exciting dessert. The crunchy toasted almond topping topping makes for a delicious filling, as well as a healthy granola treat the next morning, should there be any leftovers.

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