Eating Dirty™

Eating Dirty™

I've got a dirty little secret. I like to indulge every once and a while. Get my hands dirty in the kitchen and at the table. (Aw, come on. Admit it. You know you do, too.) That's why I'm curating this section of the site. But these aren't Oreo-wrapped-in-a-Snickers-bar-tucked-into-a-scoop-of-vanilla-ice-cream-and-deep-fried kind of recipes. I don't believe in them. They're not indulgent, but unwholesome. Eating Dirty recipes use good, local, (hopefully) organic, wholesome (and whole) ingredients. It's food for real people food who every so often don't want to count kale leaves. They're the kind of recipes you turn to when you want to lavish upon yourself. Now, am I saying eat these every day? Not. But am I encouraging you to turn to these every so often when the need for a little sexy, get your-hands-and-face-messy, over-the-top arise? You betcha.--David Leite

Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe

“Heavenly.” “The best cornbread we’ve ever had.” “Like eating cake.” “Stop me before I make another!” That’s what folks are saying about this cornbread.

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • 20

Pickle-Brined Fried Chicken Recipe

Pickle-brined fried chicken?! Oh yes we did! And folks are calling it fried chicken perfection.

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  • 45 M
  • 5 H, 30 M
  • 2

Patty Melt Recipe

The traditional patty melt is a beautiful thing—essentially a melding of hamburger and grilled cheese sandwich with sautéed onions tossed in for good measure.

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  • 35 M
  • 35 M
  • 2

Rib Eye Steak Recipe

Rib eye steak. Salt. Pepper. Flame. And this technique. That’s all it takes to create one of the most superlative suppers known to man.

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  • 40 M
  • 1 H, 50 M
  • 8

Smoked Chicken Recipe

Crisp skin. Succulent meat. A pervasive smokiness. And a pronounced yet balanced spice rub. That’s what you get with this smoked hen.

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  • 10 M
  • 5 H, 30 M
  • 6

Cowboy Steak Recipe

Imagine how guests will size up your grilling prowess after you slap this baby on the table.

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  • 10 M
  • 1 H, 15 M
  • 6

Barbecue Beans Recipe

Made from scratch yet quick and easy, these beans just may alter the way you think about barbecue beans forever.

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  • 15 M
  • 5 H, 15 M
  • 2

Best St. Louis Ribs Recipe

“These ribs are among the best I’ve had.” That’s what folks are saying about these ribs slathered with spice rub and smothered with barbecue sauce and smoked until knee-wobblingly tender.

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  • 25 M
  • 10 H
  • 4

Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe

Yes, this cauliflower fried rice recipe is low-carb, paleo-friendly, and darn near indistinguishable from the real thing. Swear.

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  • 25 M
  • 45 M
  • 0

Beer Braised Lamb Shank Recipe

Because you really can’t go wrong tossing meat in a pot with beer.

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  • 25 M
  • 4 H, 30 M
  • 2

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes Recipe

Unequivocally and unspeakably better than those preservative-laden, shrink-wrapped cake imposters you grew up on. Swear.

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  • 40 M
  • 3 H
  • 0

Mac and Cheese Pizza Recipe

Mac and cheese pizza? Yep. It’s a thing. Sorta wondering why no one thought of it sooner.

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  • 1 H
  • 2 H, 30 M
  • 2

Chocolate Sandwich Recipe

Rest assured, dear reader, this chocolate sandwich is a far cry from Wonder bread and Hershey’s. Ooooooooh soooooooo far.

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • 2

Bacon Fat Peanut Butter Cookies Recipe

Using bacon drippings in place of butter makes these can’t-stop-at-just-one cookies both frugal and indulgent at the same time.

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  • 15 M
  • 45 M
  • 0
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