June 2013

16 posts

Swiss Chard with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Porkitos

Swiss Chard with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Porkitos by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Swiss chard's like the Jennifer Lawrence of the produce aisle—it's more than just a pretty exterior. This gorgeous vegetable's also nutrient dense (with a whopping ANDI score of 670), quick-cooking, and delicious in so many different preparations.

Swiss Chard with Raisins, Pine Nuts, and Porkitos by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Although there are numerous ways to serve chard, my favorite is the classic Catalan approach, in which the greens are wilted in a pan with sizzling minced garlic and then tossed with toasted pine nuts and golden raisins. I also crumble on a few Porkitos to add a salty, swiney crunch to each bite.

Here’s what to gather (serves 4):

  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins

  • 3 pounds Swiss chard

  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts

  •  2 tablespoon ghee

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • Kosher salt

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Juice from ½ lemon

  • Porkitos

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Forky Friday: 6/28/13

Forky Friday 6/28/13 by Michelle Tam of http://nomnompaleo.com

It’s Friday…but I’m smack-dab in the middle of my week of graveyard shifts. Please don’t rub it in that you’re off for the weekend, ‘kay?

Before I pass out, I want to share with you this week’s edition of Forky Friday, which features links about weird food sightings, how to eat Paleo on a budget, and cool dishes to beat the summer heat.

Forky Friday 6/28/13 by Michelle Tam of http://nomnompaleo.com

Ready?

You can’t surf the Interwebs without stumbling across some seriously wacked-out stuff, but I found some exceptional doozies this week. For example:

Forky Friday 6/28/13 by Michelle Tam of http://nomnompaleo.com

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Giveaway Time! Hamilton Beach Slow Cookers Up For Grabs!

Giveaway Time! Hamilton Beach Slow Cookers Up For Grabs! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Hello, friends! It’s been a while since I last hosted a giveaway. How do I know? Recently, a bunch of people have been entering my old giveaways…from 2012.

That tells me three things:

  1. I’ve got some new readers!
  2. The new folks love giveaways as much as my loyal Nomsters.
  3. Reading comprehension tends to go out the window when free stuff is involved.

Anyway, I got the hint, and have been hard at work lining up some fantabulous giveaways. Really—you won’t be disappointed.

Up for grabs this week: my favorite slow cooker!

Giveaway Time! Hamilton Beach Slow Cookers Up For Grabs! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I gave one away last year, but this model—the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker—is even better. Plus, it includes a super-groovy 2-cup warmer/thermos thingy.

And that’s not all: thanks to the generous folks at Hamilton Beach, THREE lucky winners will each receive this butt-kicking prize!

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Falling Hard For Chard

Falling Hard For Chard by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I’ve belatedly become smitten with Instagram. Though I’ve had an account forever, I’ve only recently started using it with any frequency. Instagram frees me from the pressure of having to compose the perfect shot. These days, if I feel like taking a quick photo of breakfast or my CSA basket, I just casually snap away with my iPhone. There’s no overthinking or postproduction magic—what you see is what you get. (Unless, of course, the pic’s terrible. Then, I just throw on one of Instagram’s groovy filters.)

Plus: video!

If you’ve been following me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have seen my recent pic of rainbow chard. I bought bushels of the stuff from multiple vendors at the farmer’s market on Sunday ‘cause each stand I visited seemed to offer lovelier chard than the last. 

But while Instagram was perfect for a quick snapshot, I knew we couldn’t cook up these beauties without first giving them their due with a proper camera.

Falling Hard For Chard by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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Whole30® Sriracha

I’ve gotten tons of positive feedback about the Paleo Sriracha recipe I posted back in December (thank you!), and I love hearing that many of you have whipped up batches of the stuff to serve with…well, everything. After my recipe was picked up by websites like BuzzFeed and Grist, even non-Paleo eaters have been making their own junk-free versions of the famous Rooster Sauce. Yay!

BUT…what if you’re a sriracha lover who’s doing a Whole30®, and can’t have honey for a month? It’s your lucky day, ‘cause I have a solution:

Whole30® Sriracha by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Just like the original recipe, this’ll take just 20 minutes, and yield 2¼ cups of what Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal calls “a delicious blessing flavored with the incandescent glow of a thousand dying suns.”

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Forky Friday: 6/21/13

Forky Friday: 6/21/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnopaleo.com

Is it Friday already? Hooray!

We submitted our pretty-much-final draft of the cookbook to our publisher late last night, and we’re more than ready to catch up on sleep and laze around with the Double-Os this weekend. 

Forky Friday: 6/21/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnopaleo.com

Oh, and our 13th (!) wedding anniversary is on Monday, and neither of us made plans to celebrate. Whoops.

But first: Forky Friday! This week’s edition is devoted to pork, berries, exotic spices, and some cool new Kickstarter campaigns.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Oh pork, how I love you!

Forky Friday: 6/21/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnopaleo.com

Forky Friday: 6/21/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnopaleo.com

(These are photos of Siu Yoke—a.k.a., crispy Chinese-style roast pork belly; the recipe’s in our cookbook.)

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Paleo Eats: 6/18/13 (Paleo Cooking From Elana's Pantry)

I’m smack-dab in the middle of a three-week hiatus from my zombie drug dealing duties, but that just means I’m only wearing three hats this week: full-time mommy, food blogger, and crazed cookbook author. Our final edits for our forthcoming cookbook are DUE TOMORROW, and it’s all hands on deck.

Paleo Eats: 6/18/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

When I’m not corralling the kids, I’m poring over our proofs and cringing every time I find a typo. Henry’s exhausted, too; after the kids are in bed each night, we’ve been cranking away on edits and design. Both of us are staying up waaay too late and and waking up waaay too early.

As a result, my coffee habit has bloomed into a full-blown addiction. Every morning, I’ve been mainlining coffee as I get the boys ready for day camp—and it hasn’t gone unnoticed. I found this sketch in Big-O’s notebook:

Paleo Eats: 6/18/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Busted.

Yesterday, after I packed the kids’ lunches, I made myself a quick breakfast of fried sausage, sauerkraut, and sliced cherry tomatoes. 

Paleo Eats: 6/18/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Our meals this week have mostly consisted of slapdash, uninspired fare because I haven’t had the time or energy to make anything elaborate. But this night would be different: I promised the kids that I’d make up for my negligence by preparing a proper dinner from Elana Amsterdam’s wonderful new cookbook, Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry.

Paleo Eats: 6/18/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

For years, I’ve been a huge fan of Elana Amsterdam’s simple, fool-proof, and delicious culinary creations. I love that she healed herself with food, and I draw inspiration from her fierce commitment to her boys. Ever since I received an advance review copy of Elana’s cookbook several weeks ago, it’s been taunting me from the top of the pile of books on my nightstand:

Pick me up! Cook from me! Can’t you see that I’m filled with almost 100 gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free recipes? Didn’t you see my Bacon Tart recipe?! 

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Paleo Sausage Egg “McMuffin”

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

In honor of Father’s Day, I created this recipe for my Pop. He’s a lifelong fan of breakfast sausage and eggs…and, um, English muffins. But who needs bread when the filling’s the best part?

To make this breakfast sandwich resemble those from a certain fast-food joint (you know: the one with the freaky clown mascot), you’ll need some special equipment—namely, stainless steel biscuit cutters—but if you’ve got ’em, this recipe’s a snap. Plus, you can totally eat these sammies with your hands.

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Here’s what you’ll need to make one “McMuffin”:

  • 2 tablespoons ghee, divided (plus more for greasing the biscuit cutters)
  • ¼ pound bulk raw pork breakfast sausage
  • 2 large eggs
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 heaping tablespoon guacamole (optional)

Here’s what to do:

Grab two stainless steel 3½-inch biscuit cutters, and grease the insides well with melted ghee. Place one cutter on a plate and fill it with the sausage meat. (You can also easily make your own bulk breakfast sausage. Here’s Jen Cereghino’s recipe. I also have a Maple Breakfast Sausage recipe in my forthcoming cookbook.)

Paleo Sausage Egg "McMuffin" By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

(If you don’t have bulk sausage handy, just cook up some bacon. I just Instagrammed a photo of a Bacon Egg “McMuffin” this morning—and if you’re not already food-stalking me on Instagram, you really should.)

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Forky Friday: 6/14/13

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Gadzooks! Father’s Day is THIS SUNDAY! But don’t fret if you’re unprepared—I’ve got you covered. In this edition of Forky Friday, I’ll share links about how to make the perfect steak and the best grills to cook it on. I have plenty of other ideas for gifts, too. Nothing’s too good for the top Pop in your life, right?

Even if dear old dad prefers Krispy Kreme Sloppy Joes to real food, I bet he wouldn’t turn down a home-cooked meal. For breakfast, you should make him a satisfying plate of Paleo-friendly Eggs Benedict (by Spoon & Knife, the self-described “gluten-free meat-atarian” site by my new pal Christine and her husband Mike), or my personal fave: steak and eggs!

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Want some great tips on making the PERFECT steak?

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Today’s Lunchbox

School’s out for the summer, but the lunchbox-packing continues. To keep the boys’ tummies full while they run around at camp, Henry and I still find ourselves scrambling in the morning to make sure they have plenty of fuel to get them through the middle of the day.

Sometimes, the protein consists of scrambled eggs, frittata slices, or rolled-up deli meat, but today, it’s sausage with marinara sauce.

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We rounded out the Double-O’s lunches with a handful of cherries, strawberries, and carrots. (In case you’re wondering, the stainless steel food containers are by LunchBots, and the creamy stuff is homemade Paleo Ranch Dressing. The recipe’s in my forthcoming cookbook.)

Looking for more ideas about what to pack for lunch? Check out my series of posts about A Week of Paleo School Lunches!

What are you having for lunch today?

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Paleo Eats: 6/10/13

Can I tell you how happy I am to be home? Getting back from Texas in time to tuck the boys into bed made my heart sing, though it’s a bittersweet tune. Every time I give my kids a fierce bear hug, I know I’m on borrowed time; one of these days, they’ll refuse ’cause it’s no longer cool to hug their mom.

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Ai ya! Enough kvetching already. Let’s cut to the chase and take a peek at my meals for the day. I didn’t make anything fancy—just a few dishes I threw together with the odds and ends I scavenged from the fridge. 

Although the school year is officially over, the Double-Os still wake up at 7 a.m. on the dot every morning. We even took the clock out of their room, hoping they’d sleep in a little longer—but to no avail. They’re like machines.

For breakfast, I sautéed sliced mushrooms…

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…and tucked them into omelets, one for each member of the family.

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At five to nine, Henry hustled the boys off to day camp, and I headed over to CrossFit Palo Alto to get my sweat on with the women’s class. After a challenging workout alternating rowing, running, and deadlifting, I came home and scarfed down a half a small sweet potato and a few slices of prosciutto.

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Slim Palate's Lamb Osso Bucco With Gremolata

I’m still in Austin, but that doesn’t mean I’ve forgotten about you and your cooking needs. Here’s a fantastic recipe you can braise in the oven TODAY for your Sunday supper:

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Doesn’t this dish look fantastic? What’s even more amazing is that my guest blogger, Joshua Weissman, isn’t even old enough to vote yet. In fact, he just finished his finals for junior year last week. Of high school. Boy, do I feel old.

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Joshua Weissman is a 17-year-old food blogger with a passion for cooking, food and health. Joshua always loved food but his love for food led to an eventual weight gain. After years of endless ridicule and physical harassment, he decided to change his life and lost over 100 pounds through healthy eating and exercise. On his blog, Slim Palate, he documents his latest culinary creations with fun stories and gorgeous photography.  To keep abreast of his kitchen shenanigans, follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Take it away, Josh!

Before I start rambling, I have to take a moment to thank Michelle for having me guest post. Of the many food bloggers that I adore, she has a special place in my heart because we share a similarity in cooking styles and tastes. At my house, we joke around and call Michelle one of my “second mothers” along with Stacy from Paleo Parents. Now look what I’ve done; I’ve begun rambling and I haven’t even gotten to the post.

The dish I’m writing about is Lamb Osso Bucco With Gremolata.

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I’m in love with braising because the technique’s practically foolproof and almost always yields perfectly voluptuous, tender and flavorful meals. When braising meat, you can opt for tougher cuts because the low and slow cooking melts the tough connective tissue. 

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Forky Friday: 6/7/13

Forky Friday 5/10/13 by Michelle Tam of http://nomnompaleo.com

This week, we’re back in Austin—this time, for BlogHer Food 2013. At last year’s event in Seattle, I attended all by my lonesome (remember?) while the boys hit the town, but this year, I dragged my hubby along ‘cause I’m speaking today on the Mobile Development for Food Blogs panel.

Right now, I just finished watching the always-awesome Hank Shaw of Hunter Angler Gardener Cook teach a group of us about knife skills (did you know that the money zone of your chef’s knife is the back 2 to 3 inches?) while impersonating Napoleon Dynamite.

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I could certainly use some better knife skillz.

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So anyway, life’s been pretty hectic lately, especially with parenting, cookbook editing, and tons of travel. Oh, and don’t forget the zombie drug dealing, too. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have time to put together a Forky Friday for my loyal readers. See how much I love you?

On tap this week: a bunch of articles on fake food, sustainable farming, and as always, tasty recipes. 

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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon (Las Vegas, NV)

My co-pharmacist (a.k.a. Work Husband) is on vacation in Spain, so I had to deal drugs all by my lonesome last night after 2 am. I’m exhausted and hungry and sleepy, so rather than blathering on and on, I’m just going to post a bunch of photographs from our meal at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon when we were in Las Vegas last week for the 2013 Saveur Best Food Blog Awards. Geez. Was that really less than a week ago?

LAtelier de Joël Robuchon (Las Vegas, NV) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves (mostly because I desperately need to pass out), but I’ll say two quick things about the experience:

Not surprisingly, the food and service were exceptional. This shouldn’t be a surprise; Chef Robuchon was named Chef of the Century by Gault Millau for good reason. Even though the kitchen is run by his Vegas team in his absence (I’m assuming the chef doesn’t spend much time out in the desert), the restaurant here (located in the MGM Grand) must make him proud.

It was a surprise, however, to see that the restaurant is situated right off the casino floor. The floor-to-ceiling windows at the front of the restaurant reveal row after row of flashing slot machines, and the wafting odor of cigarette smoke seeps into the restaurant unless the host is diligent about sliding the glass door shut. As a diner, if you happen to sit facing the back of the restaurant, your view is of a sleek, dark, high-end eatery punctuated with vibrant bursts of color. If, on the other hand, you’re seated near the front of the restaurant and facing the gaming floor, your view is of people losing their money at slot machines and shuffling past the restaurant in search of the restrooms.

We ordered the Seasonal Discovery Menu, nine small tastes of L’Atelier’s signature dishes. You’ll see 10 dishes below, but that’s because you have a choice of quail or steak and we got one of each. Almost everything was gluten-free, except for the desserts and the soy sauce in the quail dish. It was definitely a splurge meal and we savored every bite.

Okay, I’ve written enough. Here are the pics:

LAtelier de Joël Robuchon (Las Vegas, NV) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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Surprise!

I’ve already kept this secret for longer than I thought possible, so I’m just going to blurt it out: we wrote a cookbook.

Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam & Henry Fong http://book.nomnompaleo.com

I’m not talking about our iPad® cooking app, but a hardcover, 8- by 10-inch, 288-page full-color book stuffed with over 100 recipes and more than 900(!) photos and cartoons. Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans will be published by Andrews McMeel and available on December 17—just in time for the holidays! 

Surprise! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I guess it’s no secret that I’m obsessed with cookbooks. Growing up, I dreamed of writing one, though I always dismissed the notion as insanely presumptuous even after this blog’s readership began to take off.

Then, two years ago, I suddenly started receiving inquiries from book publishers. Their unsolicited offers were incredibly tempting, but after much hand-wringing, I turned each of them down. At the time, Henry and I were up to our eyeballs in app development—not to mention our day jobs and parenting duties. If we threw a cookbook on top of our mounting pile of responsibilities, we’d drown. 

Surprise! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

It wasn’t until after the Nom Nom Paleo app was released (and more than a few pep talks from Henry and some of our good friends) that I started to come around to the idea of penning a cookbook. If we were to pour our hearts and souls into this project, however, we had to do it right. Henry and I promised ourselves that we would throw everything we had into this book: there would be no compromise on content, design, or quality.

Surprise! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

So last year, my co-conspirator and I quietly began working in earnest on the book. When we weren’t working, parenting, blogging, or sleeping, we were developing, shooting, and writing recipes.

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Every chance I got, I experimented with flavor profiles and tested recipes; meanwhile, Henry worked doggedly on the book layout and design—usually after a long day at the office. He also started plotting and drawing the dozens of cartoon illustrations featured in the cookbook. 

Surprise! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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May 2013

17 posts

Vegas, Baby! (The Saveur Best Food Blog Awards)

Hello from Sin City!

Rather than posting in my usual Forky Friday format, I’m going to share with you a bunch of links to awesomeness inspired by our trip to Las Vegas for the 4th Annual Saveur Best Food Blog Awards.

Vegas, Baby! By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

We won last year in the Best Special Diets category, but due to my zombie drug dealing responsibilities, I couldn’t make it out to NYC for the celebration, which was held at the magazine’s test kitchen. So when I heard that current and past winners and finalists were invited to this year’s bash at the Bellagio, I immediately booked our flights. (We did our best to convince our pal Russ, a finalist in this year’s awards, to join us, but alas, The Domestic Man couldn’t make it out to the desert.)

After our arrival on Wednesday night, we treated ourselves to dinner at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. We were in a celebratory mood, but then again, any meal at restaurant without the kids feels like a special indulgence. Adult conversation? Sign me up.

Vegas, Baby! By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

We ordered the chef’s seasonal tasting menu. To our happy surprise, we discovered that it was virtually gluten-free…that is, until dessert. I’ll write a detailed post about my meal later, but for now, I’ll share with you one of my favorite dishes of the night: l’asperge blanche

Vegas, Baby! By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…white asparagus topped with prosciutto di Parma (shaved right off the leg on the counter) and served with a creamy butter sauce. Henry had to stop me from licking the plate clean. Next time, I’m packing a miniature spatula—a tip I learned after dining with Melicious and Dave at Barley Swine.

The next morning, the official festivities began. We headed down to breakfast at the Bellagio Pool Cafe with the whole gang from the Saveur Best Food Blog Awards.

Vegas, Baby! By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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Tonnato Sauce

Tonnato Sauce by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Okay: what do you think of tonnato, a creamy, tangy sauce made with anchovies, capers, and canned tuna? For those of you smiling—high five! And if your nose is wrinkled in disgust, hear me out. I was once in your shoes, but this umami-packed sauce is truly a cinch to make from pantry staples and tastes good on EVERYTHING.

Tonnato Sauce by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

This classic Italian sauce is typically paired with chilled poached veal (vitello tonnato) and served as a picnic dish. Sadly, I almost never have poached veal lying around the house, so after I blitz a fresh batch of tonnato, I pour it on crudités, hard-boiled eggs, sliced heirloom tomatoes, poached or sous vide chicken, or steamed vegetables. Or all of the above.

Tonnato Sauce by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

It’s seriously good stuff.

Here’s what to gather to make 2 cups of sauce:

  • 1 (7-ounce) can tuna packed in olive oil, drained
  • 5 anchovies packed in olive oil, drained
  • 2 tablespoons capers, drained
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup Paleo Mayonnaise
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Dump all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth and creamy. Done.

The sauce can be kept in a tightly sealed container in the fridge for a couple of days.

If you need more instruction and pictures before you’re willing to try this, read on, my skeptical friend.

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Forky Friday: 5/24/13

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Yes! It’s the Friday before a three-day holiday weekend, and most of you probably have grand grilling plans, right? You’re in luck — this week’s Forky Friday is filled with links to tasty recipes for all your barbecue party needs.

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But don’t worry: if you’d rather stay indoors and eat a bunch of worms, I got your back, too. 

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Let’s jump right in!

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Paleo Eats: 5/21/13

Late Sunday night, the Nombomb clan returned home from a quickie trip to Disney World in Orlando.

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Although we all had a blast — the boys flitted from park to park while I soaked up lots of great information and advice from the inspiring folks in attendance at Food Blog Forum — we were ready to crash in our own beds again.

Or on the floor near the baggage return carousel at the airport, snuggled up against a much-loved, well-traveled stuffed cat.

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This morning, everyone was finally ready to get back up and at ‘em. After I made the kiddos breakfast (seared sausages, sliced apple, and pastured raw milk)…

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…I assembled a quick frittata with spinach and seasoned ground beef for Big-O’s school lunch.

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I finished cooking the frittata in the toaster oven, divided it up, and stuck a slice in Big-O’s lunchbox and one in my piehole.

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Thai Curry Chicken

Thai Curry Chicken by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I’ve got a recipe that’s quicker, healthier, and tastier than ordering takeout from your neighborhood Thai joint.  Just grab some chicken (or whatever quick-cooking protein on hand) add some frozen and leftover vegetables, and stir in some curry paste and coconut milk. After a few minutes on the stove, you’ll have a fragrant, flavorful curry. Instead of tipping the delivery guy, you can give yourself a pat on the back instead.

My PSA of the day: Make sure your pantry is stocked with a few Thai curry pastes. My favorite brands are Aroy-D and Mae Ploy and I like yellow, red, and green. You can buy these pastes at most Asian markets, but choose the ones that only contain herbs and spices. Read your labels, folks.

Thai Curry Chicken by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Ingredients (Serves 4 people):

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or fat of choice
  • 1 small onion, chopped medium
  • 1-2 tablespoons Thai curry paste (whichever color you prefer)
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 10 ounces frozen vegetables
  • 2 cups leftover roasted kabocha squash
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice (optional)
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced

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Forky Friday: 5/17/13

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Welcome to another edition of Forky Friday!

For a change of scenery, this post is being produced in the dark confines of our hotel room in Orlando, Florida. With amber goggles shielding our bleary eyes, Henry and I are silently tapping away on our laptops while the Double-Os sleep in the neighboring bed. Every time I hear one of them stirring, I (quietly) slam my laptop shut and hold my breath. Who said being a blogger wasn’t glamorous?

I’m here at Disney World to attend the Food Blog Forum all day Saturday, but I hope to squeeze in some family time at the parks during my non-conference moments. These past few weeks have been a nonstop flurry of activity, so I’m looking forward to decompressing with my boys — and there’s nothing more relaxing than being flung around like a rag doll on a bunch of thrill rides. Whee!

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Enough about me — let’s get to the links. The gems I’ve curated this week include a restaurant’s “wild” menu that has some people seeing red, a spot-on rant by one of my favorite food writers, some cool giveaways, a bunch of tempting recipes, and a video that’ll inspire you to book a gastrotour of Spain.

Let’s dig in!

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Julia Child Inspires Me To Keep On Cooking

The other day, I asked you guys what motivates you to keep cooking. Personally, whenever I’ve got the kitchen doldrums, I watch the video below. It makes me want to keep cooking, cooking, keep on cooking

Now that we’re all properly inspired, go roast a chicken

Julia Child's Classic Roast Chicken by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

…or fry up a Thai Rolled Omelet.

Julia Child's Rolled Omelet - Thai Style By Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Bon appétit!

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Paleo Eats: 5/13/13

I’m a bit obsessive about testing and re-testing my recipes, so before heading out the door this morning, I tried out my recipe for Uova in Purgatorio one more time to see if my latest tweaks pass muster.

Uova in Purgatorio by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Uova in Purgatorio by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Success!

Uova in Purgatorio by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I have a feeling we’re going to be eating these little egg pots for days

Uova in Purgatorio by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

After fueling up, I hopped in my car with Cheryl Sternman Rule to meet up with Irvin Lin in San Francisco so we could chat over coffee about blogging and social media.

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Happy Mother's Day, Mommy!

Happy Mother's Day, Mommy! By Michelle Tam of http://nomnompaleo.com

(Yes, I’m almost 40 and I still call her Mommy. Sue me.)

This blog would not exist if it weren’t for my mother, and not just because she gave birth to me. It’s because she was the one who raised me to be an obsessive food nerd.

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Forky Friday: 5/10/13

Forky Friday 5/10/13 by Michelle Tam of http://nomnompaleo.com

Hooray! It’s the Friday before Mother’s Day! That means I’m just two days away from being pampered by my husband and kids. Am I right?

Forky Friday 5/10/13 by Michelle Tam of http://nomnompaleo.com

*crickets*

Fine.

Let’s get back to my weekly roundup of cool links from the wild, wild web. This edition of Forky Friday is packed with lots of fun nuggets: a news segment featuring the Paleo Parents, a great salt primer, and a slew of tempting springtime recipes to whip up this weekend. You know — for your long suffering mother. *Ahem.*

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Dining Out: Bluestem (Kansas City, Missouri)

Two weekends ago, Henry and I took a last-minute, 42-hour trip to Kansas City on clandestine Nom Nom Paleo business. (Don’t worry, all will be revealed in due course.) The few meals we had in KC were already planned, with the exception of Sunday brunch. I’m a firm believer that no meal should ever be wasted, especially in a new-to-me city.

Although we’d hoped to try the legendary barbecue at Oklahoma Joe’s, it’s not open on Sundays, so I polled my pals on Facebook and tweeted my favorite Kansas City homie for recs on the best brunch in town. After scrolling through the different options and checking out Zagat scores, Yelp reviews, and restaurant websites, I chose Bluestem.

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Bluestem is located in the historic Westport neighborhood, where the streets are dotted with bustling restaurants and funky boutiques. Chef Colby Garrelts has been nominated seven times for the Best Chef of the Midwest by the James Beard Foundation, and this year he won the coveted prize. (In your face, Susan Lucci!) His food has been described as “progressive American cuisine with seasonal selections and a bounty of local farmers and producers to showcase the best of Kansas City and the Midwest.”

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Admittedly, I’m a bicoastal food snob who was wary about Midwestern cuisine (outside of Chicago). Bluestem might be good for Missouri, but it can’t be better than what I’ve eaten in San Fracisco or New York, right?

Wrong! Our meal at Bluestem may have been one of my favorite brunches of all time.

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Swiss Paleo's Bugs Bunny Hasenpfeffer Stew

Why lookee here: Lisa Broccoli of Swiss Paleo is back with another guest post from the Swiss Alps!

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Last time Lisa paid a visit to my blog, she taught us how to make fresh Italian & chorizo sausage links. In today’s post, she gives us step-by-step instructions for a traditional German rabbit stew. (For those of you unable or unwilling to find rabbit legs, chicken legs are a good substitute.) Bonus: The recipe has metric units for my international readers. Yes! 

You must check out Lisa’s awesome blog, Swiss Paleo, which features tantalizing Paleo recipes, lifestyle/fitness articles and write-ups of her travels (and, of course, what she ate when she got there). Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Twitter!

Take it away, Lisa!

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I bought some wild rabbit legs the other day when I went to the farmer’s market. I have never actually eaten or cooked a rabbit before, but I was eager to try out something different. Besides, I was going to have to come up with something for this guest post that Michelle hasn’t already made. Do you know how hard that is? She has a recipe for just about everything! I had seen a recipe for rabbit stew on a BBC cooking channel and decided that I would try to make something like that. Or maybe what I would end up with would be more like Yosemite Sam’s attempt at Hasenpfeffer Stew (which is actually something that you’ll find on the menu here in Switzerland).

Here you go…a recipe and a cartoon! 

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Paleo Eats: 5/4/13

After recovering from a whirlwind trip to Kansas City, I’m finally back to my regular zombie drug dealer routine at the hospital. I’ll post about my trip to the heartland soon, but first I’ll show you what I stuck in my craw on Saturday.

These days, my packed nosh for work is almost always a box of leftovers from previous dinners during the week. I eat “lunch” about two-thirds of the way through my shift (around 4 a.m.), and then I make myself “dinner” when I get home in the morning. My last bite of the day almost always involves a couple of eggs because brinner just feels right if the sun’s shining.

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Yesterday was no different. As soon as I came home, I donned my amber goggles and whisked a couple of eggs to make myself an omelet.

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For the filling, I added sliced Italian sausage…

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…sautéed mushrooms…

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…and leftover greens.

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Forky Friday: 5/3/13

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Hello, pen pals! I hope you’re enjoying some sunshine in your neck of the woods! If you live in Minnesota, Wisonsin, or Iowa, I’m sorry to hear about the freak snowstorm on Wednesday. Brrrr!

But even if you’re buried under a foot of snow, this edition of Forky Friday will inspire you to search out some vibrant spring veggies. I’ve got links to great recipes and videos that’ll make you want to tackle artichokes, morels, asparagus (again!), and arugula. I’ve got a coupon code for a free 3-month subscription to Paleo Living Magazine for the iPad, and much more! 

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Who’s ready to explore the interwebs with me?

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Giveaway Time! Win PRIMALFAT™ from Pure Indian Foods!

Last week, I promised you a giveaway in celebration of the Nom Nom Paleo iPad® app's 1st birthday in the App Store.

Ta-dah!

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I endorse only items that I truly love and purchase with my hard-earned money and PRIMALFAT™ Coconut Ghee fits the bill. I know that you can make your own ghee and mix it 50:50 with melted coconut oil, but I just don’t have the time to do so. More importantly, I don’t have ready access to organic butter churned from the milk of ethically-raised pastured cows — which ensures that the ghee is high in fat-soluble vitamins and contains naturally occurring Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). 

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April 2013

18 posts

Virginia Is For Hunter-Gatherers' Spicy Tomato Basil Sauce

I’m excited to welcome Brent and Heather as guest bloggers! 

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Brent and Heather are the adorable and talented couple behind Virginia is for hunter-gatherers, a paleo blog dedicated to health and wellness through home-cooked meals. I first discovered their blog last year when I peeked in on a burger party they threw with Russ Crandall. Now, that’s my kind of party.

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After losing over 70 pounds collectively, Brent and Heather spend their free time cooking and blogging their real-food passion for the world.  People: Do yourselves a favor and sign up for weekly new recipes at vahuntergatherers.com or join them on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Ever since that fateful day last November when I drooled over their inventive burger combinations, I’ve been hooked on their clean, unfussy styling and photography. Plus, their recipes are always simple and delicious. I’d be a dummy if I didn’t ask them to help me with a blog post and, thankfully, they agreed to write one. Without further ado, here’s Brent and Heather’s Spicy Tomato Basil Sauce!

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Once upon a time, when Heather and I first started our own documented cooking adventures, we were pretty lost.  Still in the initial sticker shock/grief period of, “But what can I eat?,” we spent a lot of time scanning the internet looking for “paleo-friendly” recipes and meal ideas.  Michelle’s blog was one of the first I came across, as I was a pretty intense tumblr addict.  Once I moved to Virginia and was juggling two jobs, tumblr went away, but Nom Nom stayed.  I later found out the connection between fitbomb and nomnompaleo, and I was excited to see a pair that really thought about fitness and health when it comes to movement and diet.  Plus, there’s the added benefit of following the family adventures since I’m not quite ready to enlist my own little army of helpers.

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Paleo Eats: 4/27/13

Hey, look! A new Paleo Eats! Remember when I used to post every single day about what I ate? Things have been more than a little crazy over here (and you’ll find out why soon enough!), so photographing and editing daily posts about my meals has taken a backseat to family time. But yesterday, I whipped out the trusty camera again to capture a few food-related Kodak moments.

We were already behind schedule by the time we woke up. Henry was dashing off with power tools to Lil-O’s co-op preschool for a mandatory maintenance day, while I stayed home to help Big-O with his science project. So for a quick, hearty breakfast, I made everyone fried eggs over leftover Pressure-Cooked Kale & Carrots.

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While Lil-O busied himself with his Lego collection, Big-O and I turned our focus to his second-grade science project: Making a poster to show how he made yogurt. (Yeah, I know it’s not Paleo, but for you dairy-abstainers, you should definitely check out this recipe for this Simple Coconut Milk Yogurt.) 

Want to see how we transformed a liquid into a solid with the magic of bacteria?

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Forky Friday: 4/26/13

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Spring has sprung in my neck of the woods, and the stands at the farmers’ markets are brimming with crisp tender greens and baskets of bright red, juicy strawberries. After a chilly winter cooped up indoors, I’m ready to cook up a bunch of vegetables and fire up the grill. In this week’s edition of Forky Friday, I’ve got links to inspiring cooking videos and recipes that will help you get your groove on in the kitchen!

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Thanks, The Kitchn (and YOU!)

Wow! Henry and I were tickled pink this morning after reading The Kitchn’s wonderful review of the Nom Nom Paleo iPad cooking app. More than anything, we truly appreciate that Emma, the reviewer, took the time to explore every little feature that we lovingly and painstakingly crammed into the app — many of which are impossible with a physical cookbook.

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(Image courtesy of The Kitchn)

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Look, Ma! I'm Cooking With Chef Michael Mina!

A few months ago, I won the Food Blogger to Media Star Contest thanks to many of your votes. As the grand prize, I recently filmed a guest spot cooking my Mexican Chocolate Pots de Crème recipe with Chef Michael Mina for Cook Taste Eat.

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Guess what? It’s finally up!

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Spicy Salmon Cucumber Bites

Want to impress your pals with an elegant yet simple hors d’oeuvre? Look no further than these spicy salmon cucumber bites! If you’ve already got some cooked salmon and mayo in your fridge, you can whip these omega-3-fatty-acid-packed appetizers in a jiffy.

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Here’s what to gather to make 16 bites:

  • ¼ cup Paleo mayonnaise
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon Tabasco
  • ½ pound cooked salmon
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 English cucumber, peeled and cut crosswise into ¾-inch thick slices
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 bunch chive sprigs (optional garnish)

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Forky Friday: 4/19/13

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Today is an especially somber day, and I’m feeling a bit conflicted about posting a Forky Friday. I’m doing it because I made a promise to stay on schedule, but I totally understand if you want to skip today’s post and keep your eyeballs on Twitter instead. Admittedly, I was riveted by the rapid-fire #breaking tweets that were populating my feed last night.

If you’re looking for a bit of distraction from the heavy news of the moment, here’s what’s in store: An in-depth article about one of my favorite rancher, cool videos featuring spicy rabbit heads, coconuts, and amazing food art. Plus, you’ll get a peek at a couple of new Paleo cookbooks on my crowded kitchen bookshelf.

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Ready? Come along, friends.

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Vote Real Food (& The Domestic Man) FTW!

One of my friends needs your help, guys and dolls!

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Russ Crandall, the talented and humble blogger behind one of my favorite sites on the web, The Domestic Man, is a finalist in the Best Special Diets category in The Saveur 4th Annual Best Food Blog awards! I met him briefly for the first time this year at PaleoFX and he is one of the friendliest and most talented guys around. Plus, there is no ego at all with this soft-spoken and modest fellow.

Not only does he have spot-on recipes, story-telling, and photos — he has a super inspirational story about how he healed himself with real food. I begged him to guest post on my blog months ago, and he delivered one of my most popular recipes to date: Caldo de Langostinos! Click here for the recipe.

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Still don’t believe me? Check out these other fantastic recipes:

Now, here is where you come in: Please vote for The Domestic Man on Saveur’s page. Please note that you have to register with Saveur.com first before voting. If you voted for me last year, you’re already in the system. Voting ends at midnight, Friday, April 19th, so please hurry!

To vote, click here and then hover over one of the blog name and select “Register”, and fill out the form. Then return to the voting page and cast your vote.

Thank you!

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Asian Chicken Thighs

No, I’m not calling this dish “Asian Chicken Thighs” solely because I’m of Chinese ancestry. (Though come to think of it, I call dibs on putting the prefix “Asian” on every one of my recipes. They sound more exotic that way, don’t you think?) 

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Rather, this simple weeknight chicken dinner hits all the notes that you’ve come to expect from Asian comfort food. It’s savory, sweet, tangy, and packed with umami. And did I also mention that the marinade can be ready in just minutes?

Here’s what to gather to feed 4-6 people:

  • 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and cut into thirds
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 slices of fresh ginger, each approximately the size of a quarter
  • 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons macadamia nut oil or fat of choice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon Red Boat fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey (or if you’re on the Whole30 or avoiding honey, use ½ small apple, peeled, cored, and diced)
  • ½ teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 4 pounds chicken thighs

Here’s how to make the chicken:

Dump everything except for the chicken into a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth. Then, bake the bird parts for 40 minutes at 400°F. The end!

What?!? You want to see step-by-step pictures? Man, you guys sure are demanding. But if you insist…

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I'm a Hoarder

As you can see, my shelves runneth over. Clearly, I have a problem, but I have no desire to curb this addiction.

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(Click the image above for a larger version!)

I’m always looking to expand my collection (a bunch more are on the way!), so I want to know all about your favorite cookbooks. Please share your recommendations in the comments section below!

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I Left My Heart in Texas (Last Two Days in Austin, TX)

I know what you’re thinking: What the FEENA FOO?!?! (BTW, that’s Lil-O’s favorite made-up curse phrase of the moment.) Wasn’t your trip to Austin over TWO weeks ago?

Yes, grasshopper, your observation skills are very strong indeed. But I did tell you that I was gonna milk this trip for as many blog posts as possible. Before the gull wing doors lock on this modified DeLorean, gulp down a chill pill ‘cause we’re talking one last trip to Austin.

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Bright and early Easter morning, our posse met up with Melicious

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….her hubby Dave….

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….and Danielle for brunch at 24 Diner. See? We do eat several meals at this restaurant every time we’re in Austin. As luck would have it, a bunch of other like-minded Paleo food bloggers had the same idea and we ended up dining in a booth next to Julie, Charles, and baby Scott…

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…and waving out the window at a whole mess of other Paleo pals brunching al fresco.

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Forky Friday: 4/12/13

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In today’s edition of Forky Friday, I’m throwing link love at posts that defend the healthfulness of eating meat, stress the importance of knowing where your meat comes from, and help you choose the best blender for your buck. And as a bonus, I’ve included a video to a crunchy brunch idea that I’m guessing you’ve never tried before.

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Let’s dive right in!

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Eating Out: Barley Swine & Lick Ice Cream (Austin, TX)

It’s been over a week since we left Austin, but in my mind, I’m still there, eating my way through the city with my friends.

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Want to see what we ate for dinner — just a few hours after finishing up our fantastic lunch at Elizabeth Street Cafe? Then let’s grab some plutonium and fire up the flux capacitor. Hop into my DeLorean, and we’ll travel twelve days back in time to relive my dinner at Barley Swine and dessert at Lick Ice Cream. (No, it wasn’t perfectly Paleo, but neither am I.)

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Ready to accelerate to 88 miles an hour?

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Eating Out: Elizabeth Street Cafe (Austin, TX)

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Despite the full slate of speakers, discussion panels, and cooking demos at PaleoFX, I attended only a few Saturday morning presentations before heading back to our bungalow in Austin to hang with my family. It was hard to sit still when I knew my boys were having fun without me.

Diana and Cathy joined us, and we all took a stroll down to Elizabeth Street Cafe for lunch. 

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You wouldn’t know it from its name, but Elizabeth Street Cafe serves up tasty Vietnamese fare. As I’ve mentioned before, I love Vietnamese food; the dishes always have the perfect balance of savory, sweet, tang, and crunch. Blending Chinese and French influences, the cuisine of Vietnam is pure alchemy, combining flavors, textures, and temperatures to create unique, surprising dishes that really pop.

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I’ve had my fair share of terrific Vietnamese grub, but as soon as we sat down, I knew this place was gonna be good. Why? Because there were bottles of homemade sriracha AND Red Boat Fish Sauce on every table. And you know how much I love both.

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Read on to see our chow!

**Spoiler alert: Continuing with the Paleo People Gone Wild theme, we ate some non-Paleo foods (Rice noodles! Rice wrappers! Sugar!), so skip this post if you don’t want your eyes to explode and melt off your face.**

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PaleoFX 2013: Day 2 Recap & Speakers' Dinner

So let’s pick up where we left off: Day 2 of PaleoFX.

Last Friday morning in Austin, we all popped up bright and early despite being “on vacation.” Before Cathy, Diana, and I left the house, we downed a quick breakfast of scrambled eggs and sausage and bid adieu to the boys — who were still lounging around in their jammies. I’ll admit it: I was a wee bit nervous about my two cooking demos, but Diana and I had made a pact that we’d accompany each other onstage during our respective demos. Sidekicks!

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We were kinda like Cagney and Lacey. Laverne and Shirley. Kate and Allie. Ann and Nancy Wilson. Salt-n-Pepa (pre-Spinderella). (Sorry for the 80s flashback. My teenage years were formative, as you can see.)

Because my cooking demo was the first one scheduled, we hurried to the green room to check with the volunteers to see if there was anything else they needed from us. There, Diana and I were greeted by Brittanie Duncan, the head of the PaleoFX Food and Beverage Team. When she assured us that everything was all set, we shifted our focus to the FREE FOOD.

The green room was filled with yummy and nourishing swag like Primal Pacs

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Sea Snax

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SeaBear Wild Salmon packets

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Taza chocolate, Chameleon Cold Brewed Coffee, and steaming carafes of bone broth.

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Forky Friday: 4/5/13

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It’s Forky Friday again, which means I’ve compiled a bunch of this week’s tastiest links for your reading pleasure.

What’s on tap, you ask? A couple of great recaps of PaleoFX, myth-busting articles from two of the top Paleo experts, a review of the best-rated Dutch ovens on the market, a cool new Kickstarter project, and some rib-sticking recipes!  

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Deep in the Heart of Texas: Days 1 & 2

Guess what we did for spring break! Nope, we didn’t pile into an RV bound for a booze-soaked Florida beach to shed our inhibitions, clothing, and sobriety. Instead, we hightailed it to Austin so that I could attend (and do a couple of cooking demos at) PaleoFX — and where Henry and the kids could roam around town doing whatever it is that boys do.

On Wednesday, after hurriedly chucking some clothes and toiletries into our luggage and hustling our children out the door, we caught a flight for Austin.

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