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Forky Friday: 10/3/14

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Forky Friday: 10/3/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Loyal Nomsters: your weekly dose of Friday forkiness is here! Today, I’m announcing a fast-approaching appearance in Portlandia, previewing our long-awaited iPad app update, crushing on Paleo on TV, and offering other tempting goodies! Let’s hop to it, shall we?

See You In Portland!

Want to join me and Chef Gregory Gourdet at Departure Restaurant + Lounge for our special Nom Nom Paleo Pop-Up Brunch next Saturday, October 11th? Yeah, I know this is super-short notice, but GG and I just came up with this plan last night, and finalized the details in the past few hours! 

Forky Friday: 10/3/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I can’t tell you how much I love GG—he’s humble, crazy-talented, and generous both in spirit and time. The guy works around-the-clock, and still manages to hang with us and the kids every time we pop into town. I was not at all surprised that he’s going to be on the upcoming season of Top Chef Boston. Our entire family is 100% pushing for #TeamGG for the win.

I swear: we’re probably going to make T-shirts and host viewing parties.

Forky Friday: 10/3/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Earlier this year, GG hosted a one-of-a-kind Paleo dinner at Departure to celebrate the launch of my cookbook. It was over-the-top incredible—check out the video and photos below if you don’t believe me—and I know this brunch will be no different.

Forky Friday: 10/3/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Forky Friday: 10/3/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Forky Friday: 10/3/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Forky Friday: 10/3/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

So here’s the deal: If you’re in PDX on Saturday, October 11th (JUST ONE WEEK AWAY!) and want to meet up with us to chow on award-winning Paleo-friendly fare prepared by Top Chef Boston’s butt-kickingest contestant at one of the swankiest rooftop restaurants in the Pacific Northwest, you better RSVP! (We won’t be selling our book at the event, but please feel free to bring your copy if you want it signed by me, Henry, and the kids!)

The Nom Nom Paleo Pop-Up Brunch is happening from 10 am to noon, and the menu ($50 a head) will include:

  • Carrot,Ginger, Zucchini Muffin
  • Smoked Salmon, Citrus, Japanese Chili
  • Egg Baked in Avocado, Bacon Vinaigrette
  • Sweet Potato & Roasted Chili Hash
  • Collard Greens, Caramelized Onion & Squash Quiche
  • Grilled Hanger Steak, Radish Kimchee
  • Fish Sauce Chicken Sausage Patties
  • Blueberry-Banana Pancakes, Ginger, Macadamia, Maple Syrup
  • Green Smoothie, Cocoa Nib and Gogi Berry
  • A Mimosa or drink from the Bloody Mary bar

Plus, everyone who attends gets a free limited edition Mini Michelle vinyl action figure, complete with teeny-tiny cooking accessories!

Forky Friday: 10/3/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

What are you waiting for? Call (503) 802-5370 and reserve a seat! (Note: to secure your spot, please make sure you’re making your reservation by phone and not online.) Seats are limited, and believe me: you don’t want to miss this!

Android Users: Avert Your Eyes

Psst…Nom Nom Paleo iPad app users! When Apple rolled out iOS 8 a week ago, our Webby award-winning app kind of crapped out. It didn’t play nicely with iOS 8, and crashed every time the “Home” or ”Back” buttons were pressed.

Forky Friday: 10/3/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Not good.

But now, I’m thrilled (mostly relieved, actually) to announce that our developers have fixed all the glitches and bugs, and a new iOS 8-friendly update is now available in the App Store! Download or update the app by visiting the App Store. And if you enjoy it, please rate and review it—your feedback makes a tremendous impact! 

Also, keep your eyes peeled for a super groovy design update later this year. Here’s a sneak peek at the new layout:

Forky Friday: 10/3/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Forky Friday: 10/3/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

We’re in love with the new user interface and can’t wait to release it to you guys in a few months—along with new recipes and functionality!

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Forky Friday: 9/26/14

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Forky Friday: 9/26/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Ready for my favorite food-related links o’ the week? Go grab your amber goggles and dig in!

Lego Kitchen

First things first: There is a kitchen made of Legos. Did you hear me? MADE OF LEGOS.

Forky Friday: 9/26/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I suspect at least one of my children is already planning a kitchen remodel.

I Wear My Orange Glasses At Night

Who here saw last weekend’s Sunday Style section of The New York Times? It featured a surprisingly extensive article about the Paleo lifestyle, declaring that “the time has passed when it could be written off as a fringe movement.”

Forky Friday: 9/26/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

The newspaper of record has explored the Paleo lifestyle before, but the first time was almost five years ago. (Trivia: as longtime readers know, it’s how Henry and I originally learned about the “caveman diet.”) This time around, the Times contacted me out of the blue to interview me for the article. They even sent a photographer to get a shot of me in my goofy amber goggles, sitting on the kids’ messy bunk bed (because I refused to let the photographer into my even-messier bedroom).

So glamorous.

Forky Friday: 9/26/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

The article’s pretty fair, albeit a tad sensationalistic—especially when it refers to me as “something of a Martha Stewart of Paleo.” I’m fairly certain Martha would call that bit of hyperbole not “a good thing.”

(She wouldn’t be the only one. In fact, there are hundreds of Paleo-unfriendly comments on the online version of the article. I guess not everyone wants to be weirdos like us.)

Food Waste

On a less self-aggrandizing note, I came across an eye-opening report from Harvest Public Media about the excessive amount of food we waste in America. Get this: in 2012, we dumped 35 million tons of food in landfills—even though 1 in 6 Americans goes hungry. Yikes.

Forky Friday: 9/26/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I go to great lengths to score the healthiest food available to my family—but I know I don’t always cook or eat it all.  After checking out this report, I’m reminded of the importance of doing my part in reducing food waste.

My actionable takeaways:

  1. Buy what we need, and eat what we buy.
  2. Meal plan like a champ.
  3. Finish our leftovers.

It’s that simple.

Oh—one more thing: I’m putting a “bucket of judgment” on my kitchen counter to collect all the food I toss. Shame’s the best motivator, right? If you’re ready to get inspired, watch the 30-minute video here.

Tomato-gate

Serious Eats recently posted three articles about tomato storage that blew my mind. (You can read them here, here, and here. I suggest strapping on a helmet first, to keep your brains in.) I’d always been taught that one should always keep tomatoes at room temperature because refrigerating ’em dramatically diminishes the flavor and changes the texture. My childhood memories of bland, mealy, refrigerated tomatoes reinforced this belief. I never questioned it.

Forky Friday: 9/26/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Well, until now.

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Forky Friday: 9/19/14

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Forky Friday: 9/19/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I turn 40 tomorrow, so you have to be nice to me. For starters, I think you should crack me a joke. Big-O will go first:

Forky Friday: 9/19/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Now, it’s your turn: leave me a joke in the comments below! Make me giggle for my birthday, and I just might send you a Mini-Michelle!

Ready for my favorite links from around the Interwebs?

No Joke

Henry took the day off work, and as I write this, he’s making the Chocolate Layer Cake from the Zenbelly Cookbook (a.k.a. my pal Simone’s No Joke Dark Chocolate Cake) for my birthday. (It’s kind of my favorite—I even strong-armed Simone into serving it at our cookbook launch party, remember?) Let’s see how close Henry gets to replicating this:

Forky Friday: 9/19/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Right now, he’s muttering about how he doesn’t have the right pans, so my fingers are crossed.

[Update: He used Simone’s recipe to make cupcakes! And they’re perfect!]

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And by the way, if you’re wondering if Simone’s cookbook kicks butt, the answer is TOTALLY. I’ll be sharing her recipe for Pan-Roasted Chicken with Bacon and Apples with you soon, but here’s a peek at how it turned out:

Forky Friday: 9/19/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Our family loved it so much that I’ve already made this dish twice this week.

Cheftastic Stamps

If I still used good old fashioned snail mail, I’d be all over the U.S. Postal Service’s new set of stamps featuring five celebrity chefs: Julia Child, James Beard, Joyce Chen, Edna Lewis and Felipe Rojas-Lombardi.

Sure, these portraits are a smidge creepy, but I still dig ’em.

Forky Friday: 9/19/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Germs Rule

Once upon a time, my hubby had a crazy-unstoppable Coke Zero habit. Like many others, he guzzled artificially-flavored zero-calorie beverages thinking that they were better than their high fructose corn syrup-sweetened brethren. Those chemicals, additives, and lab-concocted sweeteners can’t possibly be harmful as long as the drink is calorie-free, right?

Forky Friday: 9/19/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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Forky Friday: 9/12/14

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Forky Friday: 9/12/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

It’s been weeks since I last curated a bunch of tasty links from the interwebs. Sorry, Pops! (As I’ve mentioned before, my dad is probably my most faithful Forky Friday reader; when I fail to write a post, he communicates his disappointment via my mother—a champion at making me feel guilty and lazy.) Learning to balance my blogging along with full-time mommy duties has forced me to juggle like crazy, but things are finally starting to click now that the kids are back in school. Lesson number one: my productivity goes waaaay up when I stay off of Facebook and Gawker.

Without further ado, let the link love begin!

Kale, I Hardly Knew You!

Yup. I’m one of those hipsters that kowtowed to kale as the all-time Queen Bee vegetable.

Forky Friday: 9/12/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

My recipe index is filled with ideas that involve stir-frying it with bacon, braising it with carrots, and baking the frilly leaves into chips.

Forky Friday: 9/12/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

So naturally, my stomach dropped when I spotted this article in The Smithsonian that “exposed” kale and a bunch of other popular foodstuffs as genetically modified. The horror!

But after skimming the contents, I’m not all that concerned. Selective breeding’s been used for centuries in growing crops and raising animals, and this form of genetic modification doesn’t skeeve me out. I’ll still eat the stuff. (Heck, I’m pretty sure there were some arranged marriages somewhere in my ancestry, so I may be a genetically modified organism myself.)

Eggs: To Chill or Not to Chill?

Have you ever wondered why eggs in the U.S. are always refrigerated, but when you travel to other countries, the oeufs abroad are stored at room temperature?

Forky Friday: 9/12/14 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

NPR has an informative article about the history of egg preservation in the U.S., and why you should keep your eggs in the fridge if that’s how you bought ’em.

Paleo On The Telly (Down Undah)

Remember when Chef Pete Evans came to visit me in my home kitchen to film a cooking segment?

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August 2014 Whole30 Inspiration

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Participating in the worldwide official Whole30® challenge this month? Congrats—you’re halfway there!

August 2014 Whole30 Inspiration by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

You’ve valiantly persevered through bouts of carb flu and white-knuckled your way past the infamous “KILL ALL THE THINGS” phase. At this point, that Tiger Blood coursing through your veins is feeling pretty good. But despite your newfound superhero status, one nagging thought keeps flitting in and out of your brain like that jerkwad mosquito that buzzes by your ear at bedtime:

“I’m sick and tired of cooking every meal.”

August 2014 Whole30 Inspiration by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Yep. You’re thisclose to throwing out all your organic veggies and falling face first into a bag of cheesy poofs.

August 2014 Whole30 Inspiration by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I totally sympathize. Cooking and planning meal after meal (after meal after meal) can be a royal pain in the butt, so that’s why I try to make my dishes as pain-free and flavor-packed as possible. As much as it seems like a thankless chore, cooking at home with wholesome ingredients is one of the most important things you can do for your family—and it doesn’t have to suck the life out of you.

Here’s the thing: As I said in my Whole30 primer/survival guide, simple and quick does the trick. The majority of the recipes on my blog (and just about all of the recipes in my cookbook!) are Whole30-friendly, and all of ’em are rookie-proof. In fact, they all reflect the way I eat on an everyday basis. I’m the queen of lazy, so if I can do it, you can, too.

August 2014 Whole30 Inspiration by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

And now, I’ve got even more Whole30-compliant recipes that you can whip up as you enter the home stretch, including essential flavor boosters, simple veggie sides, and family-friendly entrées! Best of all, these dishes pack a whole lotta bang for the buck, and belong in your repertoire even if you’re not on a Whole30.  

Ready to get reinvigorated?

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