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Forky Friday: 9/6/13 

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Forky Friday: 9/6/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Aaaaagh! After getting home this morning from my night shift at the hospital, I conked out in bed BEFORE FINISHING MY FORKY FRIDAY POST! (This is what happens to zombie drug dealers.) It wasn’t until I woke up this evening that I remembered that I left y’all hanging. Sorry, dudes.

Well, better late than never. Ready for another mess ‘o links?

Gimme The Real Poop

You’ve heard of Kopi Luwak, right? Also known as “civet coffee,” this brew’s made using the beans of coffee berries after they’ve been eaten and pooped out by little furry cats. I’m not kidding.

Kopi Luwak’s gotten so popular that some folks are shelling out hundreds of dollars for a taste of this stuff—so naturally, there are a ton of scammers selling counterfeit civet crap beans. Luckily, there’s now a test to check if you paid for the real deal.

Forky Friday: 9/6/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Yay?

The Tipping Point

Pete Wells, The New York Times’ resident restaurant critic, is (in)famous for his strong, unfiltered opinions. I’ve been a loyal reader ever since he wrote a scathing review of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar, filled with nothing but largely rhetorical questions; no matter if you agree or disagree with Wells, he’s certainly an entertaining read. His latest screed against tipping is a thought-provoking piece—especially for those of us who have worked in food service (both in front- and back-of-the-house roles). What say you—are you a firm believer in tipping? Or do you side with Mr. Pink? [FYI: Link is NSFW]

Forky Friday: 9/6/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Oh, Baby

As the child of Asian immigrant parents, eating nose-to-tail was de rigueur. Fresh fish would flop around in the shopping cart that we pushed around the local Asian market, and the poultry served at the dinner table invariably had heads and feet attached. I grew up eating all sorts of things that might turn some stomachs. Perhaps that’s why reading this NPR article about eating cochinillo asado, or Spanish roasted suckling pig, made me hungry rather than disturbed about chowing on a wee baby piglet. Having eaten Chinese roasted suckling pig on visits to Hong Kong since the age of three, I can tell you it’s insanely delicious. Am I a horrible person?

Actually, don’t answer that.

Forky Friday: 9/6/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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Forky Friday: 8/30/13

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Forky Friday by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Hello from Pittsburgh! I’m here to attend Bill and Hayley's wedding (a.k.a. the #paleoroyalwedding) this weekend, but before the festivities begin, I have some serious link love to spread. Ready for this week's Forky Friday?

Wear An Apron, Not A Hazmat Suit

I love when Michael Ruhlman rants on his blog. His latest screed, Bacteria! RUN AWAY! RUN AWAY!, is a great (albeit NSFW) post about how we need to calm the *bleep* down about sterilizing our kitchen environments. Of course, as home cooks, we certainly need to engage our brains and be sensible about food safety—but freaking out over rinsing a chicken in your sink? Please.

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As Ruhlman put it: “Please, buy good food, cook it yourself, use whatever intelligence happens to be available in that tiny head of yours. Then open a bottle of wine and eat dinner with your friends and family.” Hear, hear.

(And for the record, I almost never wash my poultry before cooking it—but not because of bacteria fears. I’m just lazy.)

Seafood: More Than Meets The Eye

If you’re like me, buying seafood can be a bewildering experience. Thankfully, there’s the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch and the National Geographic Seafood Decision Guide—and recently, my pal Diana Rodgers published a great article entitled The Complex Choices in Sustainable Seafood. Hopefully, they’ll whet your appetite to make a pot of Thai Steamed Mussels!

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Marinating Before Grilling? Don’t Bother.

For the better part of a year, I’ve been grilling meats without marinating ‘em beforehand. I think it started when I first made Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Chimichurri (the recipe’s in my forthcoming cookbook); with some experimentation, I realized that I could just rest my cooked meats in a marinade after the grilling was done, and it would soak up all the flavors just fine.

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Just this week, my approach was validated: the New York Times posted an article entitled Welcome to the Post Marinade Era of Grilling, which points out that there’s no reason to marinate meats before grilling. A solid win for proscrastinators like me!

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Forky Friday: 8/16/13

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Forky Friday: 8/16/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Hello from Atlanta!

Forky Friday: 8/16/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

For the next few days, I’m in the lovely Peach State to attend this year’s Ancestral Health Symposium. This is my third go-round (you can read about my previous AHS visits here and here), and as always, I dig seeing old pals (like Julie and Diana)…

Forky Friday: 8/16/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

and hanging in person with new ones (like Ute, Jennifer, and Russ).

Forky Friday: 8/16/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

But this time, I won’t be writing detailed recaps of the symposium. After hopping on a cross-country flight immediately after finishing seven night shifts in a row (and arriving well after midnight), I’m too exhausted to engage my brain and type out a full-blown summary of AHS. (You can, however, tag along with me on Twitter and Instagram. I’m never too tired to tweet.)

Forky Friday: 8/16/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

I will say, though, that my favorite talk so far was by Diana Rodgers and Robb Wolf entitled “Liberation From the Industrial Food System.” Read the summary of their presentation here; it’ll open your eyes. After hearing what Robb and Diana had to say, I’m re-committing to buying my food from the farmer’s market, my CSAs, and Good Eggs. It’s the right thing for everyone.

Okay—enough about AHS for now. It’s Forky Friday, so let’s get to the links!

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Forky Friday: 8/9/13

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I’ve been sick as a dog these past few days (don’t worry, I’m taking my Vitamin D supplements and sipping on bone broth), so I’ve been delinquent in responding to emails from readers lately. To make up for it, I’m going to answer a bunch of ‘em in this post. I’ve got more links about Instagram, test tube beef, Paleo/Primal books on the horizon, happy pigs, and chowing on the odd bits.

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From email: “Hey! Where did all the ‘Paleo Eats’ posts go? How come you’re not showing us your daily meals any more?”

I haven’t stopped posting my Paleo Eats on the blog altogether, but I’ve recently found that it’s a whole lot easier (and more fun) to just snap a quick Instagram of whatever I’m eating. If you’re not following me on Instagram or Twitter, you’re missing a lot of my food pics (as well as random photographs of my kids trying to freak me out with googly-eye stickers).

Forky Friday 8/9/13 by Michelle Tam of http://nomnompaleo.com

(By the way, I read every comment and email I get from my readers, but I’m most likely to respond to Instagram and Twitter ‘cause that’s where I lurk the most. So if you need to holler at me, that’s your best bet!)

From email: “I’m on Instagram, but my pictures always look weird. Which filter do you use to make your photos pretty? Or do you use a special app?”

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Forky Friday: 7/26/13

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Forky Friday by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Ready for another Forky Friday? There’s lots happening on the Interwebs this week, including some knock-down, drag-out fighting in the world of real food…and some tasty recipes! I get slightly rant-y today, so if you’re just looking for something to eat, skip to the bottom, y’all.

Now if I could only wrest control of my computer away from my Minecraft-obsessed kiddos…

Forky Friday: 7/26/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Can’t We All Just Get Along (and Eat Some Bacon)?

When a bunch of us Paleo-blogging folks shared a house together at the inaugural PaleoFX, I learned a ton from DianeDianaLiz, and Laura about The Weston A. Price Foundation. They explained the overlap between Paleo and WAPF principles: both approaches stress the importance of nutrient density and food quality. I liked what I saw, and after joining WAPF, I attended last year’s Wise Traditions conference because I was excited to hear from the impressive roster of speakers and sample the traditionally prepared food. 

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Forky Friday: 7/19/13

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Forky Friday 7/19/13 by Michelle Tam of http://nomnompaleo.com

How can summer be half over already? My kids return to school in less than a month, and I haven’t even cracked the spine of a single novel while laying out at the beach. Who am I kidding? I don’t read novels—I just scour the Internet for cool links to share on Forky Friday. Oh, and cookbooks. I’m all about those.

In this week’s edition: vegetables, meat, and Ryan Gosling—all the key ingredients for a perfect weekend.

A Whole30 August

Are you embarking on a Whole30 on August 1st? Hooray! Although it might seem like a daunting task, eating delicious, nutrient-dense food for a month is 100% doable. And besides, you owe it to yourself to eat nourishing food, right?

If you’re looking for help, you’ll get lots of free support on the Whole30 forums, and you can always refer to my Whole30 Rundown for tips and tricks for staying on track. Good luck, and get cooking!

Forky Friday 7/19/13 by Michelle Tam of http://nomnompaleo.com

Back Away Slowly From The Bagged Lettuce

Okay, I’ve definitely bought more than my fair share of bagged, pre-washed salad greens. It can be super convenient, especially when I’m pressed for time or just too lazy to do any vegetable prep. But after reading The Truth About Bagged Lettuce in Mother Jones, I think I’ll just spend a few extra minutes bonding with my salad spinner and a fresh head of lettuce.

Forky Friday 7/19/13 by Michelle Tam of http://nomnompaleo.com

What The %$*@ Is In My CSA Box?

Thankfully, I don’t often have to resort to bagged lettuce. I’ve been a member of my vegetable CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) for almost ten years, so I’m treated to wonderfully farm-fresh lettuce and other greens every week.

Forky Friday 7/19/13 by Michelle Tam of http://nomnompaleo.com

I love my CSA and the fantastic assortment of veggies that come in my weekly box, but I still occasionally get a few items that leave me wondering how I’m going to prepare them. Lucky for me, Buzzfeed has a great post on 31 Things To Do With Confusing Vegetables.

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Forky Friday: 7/12/13

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Forky Friday: 7/12/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Hooray! It’s Friday again and I can share all the fun, crazy, and delicious food-related links I’ve discovered on the interwebs.

News Flash: Chickens Aren’t Toilet Trained.

I’ll admit it: I happily shell out for my weekly delivery of farm-fresh oeufs from Good Eggs ’cause I don’t have the patience to raise my own hens. Plus, I don’t want my lawn covered with guano.

Unfortunately, in their eagerness to become urban chicken farmers, many people don’t stop to consider that chickens have poopholes for a reason.

Forky Friday: 7/12/13 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Okay, fine—technically, chickens have cloacae.

Speaking of cloacae, this video (which you can skip if you’re easily offended or humor-impaired) will sear the word into your brain forever. And then you can use it to impress your friends over cocktails.

Where was I…? Oh, right. Chicken poo. Some rookie chicken farmers don’t realize that chickens excrete guano until it’s too late—and end up dumping their neglected chickens at the local animal shelter. Not good.

Lesson: don’t even think of becoming an urban chicken farmer until you’ve come to grips with the true hazards of backyard hens.

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Forky Friday: 7/5/13

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My work schedule hasn’t changed for over a decade: I work seven consecutive ten-hour graveyard shifts, and then I get a week off. I often end up working many holidays, but thankfully, Independence Day coincided with my regularly-scheduled break, so I happily kicked back with family and friends both outdoors (e.g. swimming and fireworks!) and indoors (e.g. quality boob tube time).

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But with the kids back at day camp today, I’m back to work at my second job, busily compiling links for my Forky Friday round-up. This week, I link to stories about some of your best choices for protein, how utensils influence the taste of your dish, folks going bonkers for cronuts, and a bunch of tasty Paleo-friendly recipes.

Let’s dive right in, shall we?

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Forky Friday: 6/28/13

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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

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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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