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A Full (Paleo) House

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A whole host of our Paleo pals are in town for the annual Weston A. Price Conference, and Bill and Hayley spent all of yesterday cooking up (and photographing) a feast in our kitchen. Plus, our house is actually clean right now — an incredibly rare occurrence.

An impromptu dinner party was clearly in order. The planets don’t align all that often, folks.

After a jam-packed day of wild foraging (in local markets) and food prep, we had enough rations to feed a small horde of hungry cavepeople. So a few text messages later, our friends began showing up at our doorstep:

I love Paleo parties — especially ones where someone else does all the cooking! (Okay, I contributed a platter of Pressure Cooker Crispy Potatoes, and Henry hauled home a bazillion bottles of kombucha for our guests, but that’s about it.)

You’ll need to whip out your jeweler’s loupe, but an eye-strainingly close examination of the snapshots in this post may offer a hint of some of the tantalizing recipes Bill and Hayley will be featuring in Gather. Not surprisingly, Hayley’s food tastes every bit as crazy-good as it looks in Bill’s photos.

This little gem, in particular, knocked all of our socks off:

After much talking (and laughing) with our mouths full, we got a sneak peek at Bill’s gorgeous photography…

…before Henry and I shooed our guests into the night. I need my beauty sleep, you know. Besides: I need to be awake for all the learning that awaits at the Weston A. Price Conference. I’ll be tweeting up a storm from the Conference, so if you’re not already following me on Twitter, what are you waiting for?

Paleo Eats: 5/11/11

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Yay! It’s finally my last night at work!

Here’s what I ate at the hospital:

Lunch: leftover roast chicken thighs and nuked broccoli, followed by an apple cinnamon cookie.

Dinner: more leftover roast chicken thighs and stir-fried veggies.

After work, I came home and marinated some Damn Fine Chicken. I added a few splashes of Red Boat fish sauce to the bag for good measure and stuck it in the fridge.

Then, I climbed right into bed for a quick 2-hour nap.

When I woke up at 11:00 a.m., my package of Sophia’s Survival Food Grass Fed jerky chews was sitting on the kitchen counter!

Check this out — Sophia hand-delivered the package herself since she happened to be in the neighborhood. Talk about customer-service! Perfect timing since I needed to bring a snack with me to the hospital while I accompanied my mother-in-law to her oncology appointments.

At the hospital, I ate some coconut flakes and tried a packet of the spicy jerky chews. I really liked the jerky — it was well-seasoned (but not super hot) and the perfect size for a snack. It’s a drier, chewier jerky but I definitely prefer that to the soft, wet, sickly sweet stuff you buy from Trader Joe’s.

Hubby whips up yummy jerky, too, but he rarely makes it these days ‘cause it’s a really tedious process. Plus, Sophia’s jerky is tad more Paleo-compliant than his version because the spicy chews only contains 100% grass fed beef, unrefined sea salt, granulated garlic, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and fresh lemon juice. These chews are gonna be a staple in my pantry.

When we finally returned home, I had another surprise on my doorstep — a bag of purple japanese sweet potatoes from my good friend, H!

I love getting bags of veggies on my stoop! Trust me, I actually know people who have gotten bags o’ flaming scat on their porch and that would be a BAD present.

Enough about poop, here’s what I made for dinner…

I popped a tray of Damn Fine Chicken into the oven and baked off the yams in the toaster oven.

After the chicken was finished roasting…

…I broiled a tray of asparagus.

Here’s my dinner plate:

The Red Boat fish sauce made the chicken taste even yummier. Go buy a couple bottles already! (Remember to use the coupon code nomcontest to get free shipping on two or more bottles by June 6th 2011!)

Ugh. I’m tired. Time for some shut eye!