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!
Who’s ready to explore the interwebs with me?
Last week, I promised you a giveaway in celebration of the Nom Nom Paleo iPad® app’s 1st birthday in the App Store.
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).
I’m excited to welcome Brent and Heather as guest bloggers!
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.
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 Facebook, Twitter, 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!
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.
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.
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?
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!
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.
(Image courtesy of The Kitchn)
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.
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)
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.
Ready? Come along, friends.
One of my friends needs your help, guys and dolls!
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.
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.