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Paleo Eats: 4/22/12 & 4505 Meats Whole Beef Butchery Class

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This morning, hubby and I raced up to San Francisco because I’d signed up for a nine-hour butchering class with 4505 Meats’s Jedi Master Ryan Farr.

Both Dallas and I were spending the whole day learning how to properly break down a 700-lb grass fed steer and Fitbomb was there as paparazzi.

After a meat and greet (*bad pun alert*) with the other students and instructors, we dug in to a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs and chicken apple calvados sausages.

Once our bellies were full, we got a quick yet thorough tutorial on the different cutting implements.

Then, Ryan and Kent went into the walk-in fridge and came out hugging a ginormous hind quarter of beef. It was time to get down to business.

Check out the rest of the class after the jump…

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Paleo Eats: 2/23/12

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Wanna see my eats for the day?

For my meal at work, I packed some leftover curried lamb spare ribs, sauteed cabbage, and roasted curried cauliflower

Throughout the night, I also sipped from a thermos filled with steaming bone broth.

When I returned home in the morning, I took the kiddos to school and dropped off some sock packages at the post office. Big thanks to all of you who’ve purchased my knee highs! I get a total kick out of seeing the socks in action so please keep posting pics on my Facebook page.

In the evening, I crawled out of bed to make dinner. I reheated the pressure cooker porcini and grass fed beef short ribs…

…whipped up a batch of cauliflower, carrot, and parsnip puree that I’d simmered in the pressure cooker

…and roasted some broccoli seasoned with Magic Mushroom Powder in the oven.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I got two meaty surprises: Hubby brought home a couple of lamb necks for me from 4505 Meats, and I received a complimentary sampler box of beefy delights from TX Bar Organics in the mail.

Swoon.

I’ll be working on new recipes with all these goodies in the near future. If you can’t wait, check out this yummy recipe for lamb neck stew from Stacy and Matt.

On another note, I know it’s been a little while since I last hosted a giveaway. Stay tuned ‘cause I’ve got some goodies coming up…

Paleo Eats: 11/26/11

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Today, we pressed the play button and tried to resume our normal routine. The kids had a play date with their friends and I spent the majority of the day tinkering in the kitchen.

For brunch, I sautéed 4505 Meats merguez sausage (out of the casing) with onions… 

…and ate it with leftover braised cabbage

In the afternoon, I cooked up a storm. I think I just wanted to keep my mind and hands busy.

I made a batch of macadamia nut oil mayonnaise… 

…a dark chocolate and coconut milk ganache… 

…which I’ll form into truffles if the ganache sets up properly…

…and curried cream of broccoli soup

Plus, I’ve got a seasoned grass fed beef cheek soaking in the SousVide Supreme that I’ll fish out tomorrow afternoon.

At dinnertime, I sliced up the leftover 4505 Meats Turducken Junior and pan-fried them in duck fat. 

We gobbled it up (heh!) with the rest of the braised cabbage and a bowl of soup.

Goodbye for now!

Paleo Eats: 11/25/11

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I’m back, but not quite myself. I feel like someone pressed the pause button on our life, and I’m not yet ready to press play.

Thanks for all your well wishes, kind thoughts, and prayers during this difficult time. For a couple of days, I retired the camera and simply ate my meals without documenting them. It felt so liberating not having to worry about how a dish was plated — plus it was awesome going to bed at a reasonable hour without satisfying the requisite blogging duties.

Everyone in the Nombomb household feels like they’re floating around in a weird, dream-like, parallel universe. Even though the kids don’t totally understand what’s going on, they recognize that mom and dad are out of sorts. I demand family hugs throughout the day and hover over them with a strange intensity that’s annoying them. On my request, we all shared a family bed the other night and squeezed ourselves like mismatched spoons in a cluttered utensils drawer. It was a better idea in theory than in practice because no one got a good night’s sleep – our kids are way too restless and bony.

I’m going to resume regular blogging activities tomorrow. As a teaser, here are some photos of the low-key dinner we hosted at our house tonight.

 Even though we invited people over for dinner, our buddies graciously contributed a bunch of the nosh. Dr. HA deep-fried a HUGE batch of delicious Brussels sprout chips…

…in bacon grease(!)…

…that she seasoned with lemon zest, juice, and salt.

These were even BETTER than the ones from Marlowe because they were made with love and fried in bacon grease.

She also brought over a big pot of comforting curried butternut squash soup that we served with dinner.

K and R contributed some fantastic homemade headcheese…

…fermented beverages, and a jar of lard. If you’re wondering, porcine fat = love.

As we waited for the 4505 Meats Paleo-style Turducken Junior to finish roasting in the oven…

…we chowed on the Brussels Sprouts chips…

chicharrones

…and toasted Paleo bread (from Paleo Comfort Foods)…

 …topped with Braunschweiger (from U.S. Wellness Meats)

 

…head cheese, mustard, and dried cherries.

When we were done snacking, I sliced up the roasted Turducken Junior…

…heated up the gravy…

…and plated the sliced roulade with roasted root vegetables.

I also served roasted spiced chanterelle and portobello mushrooms

…and a tray of braised cabbage.

For dessert, we ate some pumpkin, maple, and coconut custard cups that I made the night before in the SousVide Supreme (195 F for 90 minutes) and chilled in the fridge.

The dinner was just what we needed — a restorative evening of rib-sticking chow, laughs, and sound advice from good buddies.

Another Winner!

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Yippee! Amanda Bryant is the winner of the 4505 Meats Giveaway

Don’t be sad! You can buy your own cookbook by clicking here, a Nom Nom T-shirt by clicking here, and a 4505 Meats poster and other goodies by clicking here.

I’ve got one last mind-blowing contest to celebrate my blogaversary and I’ll announce it on Tuesday, 11/15/11. Trust me, you won’t want to miss it! Seriously. Grey matter will be splattered everywhere.