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4505 Meats Cookbook (+ Other Stuff) Giveaway!

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Loyal readers know how much I love San Francisco-based 4505 Meats.

4505 Meats is owned and run by Chef Ryan Farr and his wife, Cesalee. Along with their crew, they’re truly Jedi masters of all things meat. 4505 Meats doesn’t have a storefront or restaurant. Instead, they set up shop at the Ferry Building Farmers’ market every Thursday and Saturday, and hungry carnivores happily queue up for meaty treats.

Rain or shine, they grill their fantastic sausages, award-winning burgers, and daily sandwich specials to order. Plus, they sell packages of sausages and their fluffy and delicate chicharrones –- I swear: these addictive snacks are like crunchy pork cotton candy sprinkled with heroin.

A few times a year, Ryan Farr imparts his incredible knowledge to a few lucky padawans at his sold-out, hands-on, whole beast butchery and sausage making classes. My work-husband attended the whole cow butchery class last year and continues to rave about how much he learned.

(Photo: Ed Anderson)

Since I’m one nosy bitch, I subjected Ryan Farr and Kent Schoberle (4505 Meats’s Paleo-eating tech ops manager) to a quick Q&A about this gem of a business.

Follow the jump for the interview and details of the giveaway!

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Paleo Eats: 10/13/11

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I was up and at ‘em early because I had a full slate of activities ahead of me.  Before zipping out the door, our family spun around the kitchen like Ninjagos as we packed lunches and scarfed breakfast.

Wanna see what I ate?

I nuked leftover sous vide flank steak, winter squash puree, roasted curried cauliflower, sauteed spinach, and oven-roasted tomatoes. Nosh in 2 minutes flat.

I can’t stress enough how EVERYONE should cook big batches of whatever they’re making. Whether you’re cooking for 1 or 6, you’ll still clean the same dang pot at the end of the night. Make it worth the elbow grease.

I spent the morning hanging at Lil-O’s co-op preschool before stopping at Trader Joe’s to buy party supplies. We’re hosting a get-together on Saturday to celebrate the completion of my mother-in-law’s cancer treatments. Although the Paleo-friendly buffet will be catered by Joshua Charles Catering, I still needed to purchase libations and decorations. F- you, cancer!

When I came home, I reheated another box of leftovers (slow cooker Kalua pig and braised cabbage) and ate it with chopped cherry tomatoes.

At dinnertime, I cooked a one-skillet meal because we’re experiencing the last throes of Indian summer and I wanted to keep the house cool.  Or I’m just lazy.

I grabbed a package of 4505 Meats's maple breakfast sausage…

…and tossed a chopped salad while the links sizzled in the pan.

Here’s my dinner plate:

If you’re looking for Paleo-friendly breakfast links, these juicy sausages are worth the cost of shipping. 4505 Meats’s merguez is still my favorite, but these savory, sweet, and slightly spicy pork wieners run a close second. 

Heh heh. I typed the word wiener. 

And, on that classy note, I bid you good night.

Paleo Eats: 10/9/11

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More Paleo-friendly eats coming your way!

I wasn’t really hungry in the middle of the night, so I didn’t eat anything while I was on the clock. Totally out of character, huh? When I got home, I made up for lost chow by inhaling leftover broiled herb-stuffed sardines, coconut flakes, cashews, and 100% cacao dark chocolate. With my belly full, I went to bed and slept the day away.

In the evening, I woke up and started making tonight and tomorrow night’s dinners. For tomorrow’s dinner, I seasoned a pork shoulder roast for Kalua pig and assembled a tray of braised cabbage

…that I threw into the oven for a couple hours.

Hubby will be placing the seasoned pork in the slow cooker as soon as he wakes up the next morning (4:20 a.m.!) and it’ll cook for 14 hours since it’s only a three-pound roast. I’m so excited that I can sleep in a little longer tomorrow!

After I finished prepping tomorrow’s supper, I quickly worked on getting tonight’s dinner on the table.

I roasted a tray of chopped Romanesco broccoli…

…carrots, and parsnips in the toaster oven…

…sauteed mushrooms and shallots….

…and fried up a package of my favorite 4505 Meats' sausage: MERGUEZ!

Here’s my dinner plate (with chopped tomatoes, too!):

I LOVE LOVE LOVE 4505 Meats’ merguez sausage! Soooooo yummy PLUS they’re gluten & sugar-free!

After dinner, I put on a special pair of knee highs…

…and kicked up into my first ever handstand.

These socks are magical, yo!

Then, I headed to the hospital for yet another shift. Just three more nights to go!

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Here’s another video…

This time, I demonstrate how to use a SousVide Supreme to prepare a couple of 4505 Meats’ Cowboy Chops for a dinner party. Yeehaw!

The process I used to sous vide the rib-eyes was straightforward and simple; I seasoned the steaks the morning before the party, stored them in the fridge, and dunked them in the water oven the next morning.

We ended up serving just one of the gigantic chops because each was a whopping 2.5 pounds. I chilled one of the cooked steaks in an ice bath before storing it in the freezer. The remaining chop was seared on our gas grill before I evened out the char with my kitchen torch.

See? It really is like cheating when it’s so easy!

Paleo Eats: 9/4/11

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Sunday was jam-packed with cooking and good eats. Wanna take a peek?

As soon as I woke up in the morning, I dunked the two seasoned 4505 Meats Cowboy chops into the Sous Vide Supreme to soak for 8 hours.

I made breakfast for the family and chowed down on a fried spicy cilantro chicken sausage, sauteed spinach, and a chopped heirloom tomato.

After breakfast, the Double-O’s and I set to work making Paleo Comfort Foods’ poached pears.

Big-O has been bugging me non-stop to make this recipe (even though he’s never eaten poached pears) ever since we received the cookbook in the mail.

He’s one persistent bugger.

After we finished storing the poached pears in the fridge, I reached in the pantry for a new jar of coconut butter only to find I was out. WTF? Luckily, I remembered Melicious has an awesome recipe for homemade coconut butter on her blog, so I blitzed a batch in my Vitamix.

I will never buy a jar again.

For lunch, I fried up a slew of mini Turkish slider burgers and roasted a tray of broccoli and bacon for the family.

After lunch, I started preparing food for the small dinner party we were hosting in the evening.

I roasted a bunch of beets

Portobello mushrooms, and bell peppers. Roasted veggies are the perfect side dish for a party because you can make them ahead of time and serve them at room temperature.

I also chopped some fruit for a salad…

…and sliced carrots and jicama for a crudite platter that I served with Aubergine and Chimichurri dips.

When our guests arrived (Fitbomb’s cousin, his lovely wife, and adorable girls), I put out the crudites & dip, roasted cashews, 4505 Meats chicharrones, fruit salad, and Yogavive apple chips for everyone to munch on before dinner.

To accompany the cold apps, I fried up some 4505 Meats pork and apple breakfast sausages.

After our guests were noshing on the starters, I sent Fitbomb to the gas grill with a package of 4505 Meats’ bacon-studded hotdogs

…”regular” Applegate Farms organic hotdogs (for the kiddies), the sous vided Cowboy chop (I stored the other one in the freezer), and some sliced eggplant.

When he was done grilling the dogs….

…eggplant, and steak, he brought them inside and I plated the grilled veggies…

…and evened out the char on the steak with my kitchen torch.

I sliced up the steak and brought all the eats to the dining table.

Here’s my dinner plate:

Afterwards, the kids split the chilled poached pears for dessert. They LOVED the pears! Yay! Another winner of a recipe from Paleo Comfort Foods!

Psst! If you’re wondering what to bring over to a Paleo pal as a hostess gift, the one we received tonight is hard to top!

D & T generously gifted us with a basket overflowing with organic veggies, eggs, and honey — all of it sourced locally from J.E. Perry Farms.  Seriously?! SO AWESOME!