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Denny Morrison is a Canadian champion long-track speed skater with an Olympic gold medal to his credit. His second passion? Grilling. His food of choice: burgers. You can read the full story at the link above, or check out his favorite burger recipe here:

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By Gwyneth Doland


In New Mexico, a hamburger isn't worth eating until it's crowned with strips of freshly roasted green chile and gooey melted cheese. In late summer and early fall, when the chiles harvest comes in and vendors set up gas-fired roasters in dirt lots and grocery store parking lots, the sweet, pungent aroma of green chile fills the air and tells us: It's time to make green chile cheeseburgers!

The ultimate green chile cheeseburger is cooked over a hot charcoal fire. I like to add a couple of small chunks of pecan or mesquite wood to the lump charcoal in my grill. The wood infuses the meat with a slightly smoky flavor that's a perfect match for the roasted green chile.

This is a simple recipe, so the ingredients really matter; Using freshly ground beef makes a difference you can taste. Ground chuck that's 85 percent lean delivers excellent flavor and the coarse grind helps keep the patty from becoming too dense. Ask your butcher to coarsely grind some chuck for you, or do it yourself at home with a meat grinder.

To get the most out of the experience you can roast your own fresh green chiles on the grill before cooking the burgers. Pick a handful of long, tapered green chiles (called New Mexico or Anaheim peppers at the market), put them on the grill grate over a hot fire and turn them with tongs until they're lightly charred all over. Put the chiles in a stainless steel bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let the chiles steam for a few minutes. When they're cool enough to handle, simply wipe the charred skins off.

The flavor of freshly roasted green chiles mingling with a charcoal grilled burger is what we love about New Mexico, and it's what keeps visitors coming back again and again.

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This recipe and others can be found in the following article:


The Tongue-Numbing "Flower Pepper" of Sichuan Province

by Kimberly Dukes


This recipe is part of a five-part series devoted to chipotles--those many varieties of smoked chiles. You can go here to start reading--and cooking with--chipotles of all kinds.

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This recipes comes from Wendell Peters of Judicial Flavors.
According to Paul Sheehan Jr., owner of Coast Kitchen & Cannery Foods, "After considerable time spent on trial and error, and many additional pounds added, we finally settled on Recipe #17. It's actually one of the simplest recipes we came up with but is one of the best tasting." I've added a sauce, but the dish is also good served without it.

For as simple as this rub is, it goes great with red meat, especially tri-tip.

There are over 30 varieties of Turkish kebabs which locals call “siskebabi,” “sis kebaps,” or “kebabi. Fish, vegetables, pork, beef, fruit, or fowl, are all put on wood or metal skewers and grilled over open flame or coals. Note: If you want to grill vegetables along with fish, chicken or small cubes of meat it’s best to parboil vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, carrots and other dense foods before skewering. Baby new potatoes can be scrubbed and par-boiled in skins or use canned whole potatoes. This recipe is courtesy of Rick Browne. Read more about favorite Superbowl Party dishes from chefs on the Burn! Blog here.

Between albums, Canadian cowboy musician Ian Tyson always makes time to enjoy his wife's chili. Chock full of venison, this chili is truely unique. His song, "Early Morning Rain," made famous by his first group, Ian and Sylvia, is one of my favorite tunes of all time. Here is his highly unusual chili.
This recipe hails from 1896. For reasons of authenticity, we have not altered the original wording. The recipe is given "per soldier."

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