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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: 3/22/12

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During my first night back at work, I ingested a few squares of dark chocolate, a Tanka bar, bone broth, and a garbage scramble filled with leftover bone broth meat, broiled asparagus, and bell peppers.

When I returned home in the morning, I helped hustle the boys to school before collapsing in bed.

The sun was still up when I woke up in the evening which actually made it easier for me to drag my booty out of bed. I whipped up a super fast supper: roasted broccoli…

…and meatballs inspired by a recipe in Eat Like A Dinosaur. This time, I added Penzeys Spices’ Shallot-Pepper seasoning and pan-fried the meaty orbs before finishing them off in the oven.

I reheated half a jar of Rao’s marinara sauce and tossed in the browned meatballs.

After I put the boys to bed, I broke open some parcels that came in the mail.

Look, mom!

Fermented CLO/butter oil blend

…and Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions.

If it sounds like I’m getting all WAPF on you, I am.

While Fitbomb and I were down in Austin, I picked the brains of many sharp folks (Diane, Diana, Chris, Angelo, and Laura) who embrace both Paleo and the Weston A. Price Foundation (WAPF) Diet. Although I don’t agree with everything WAPF espouses — I can’t give up my SousVide Supreme and I’m probably not gonna resume eating grains — I’m totally down with a big chunk of their dietary guidelines.

In fact, I’m now a card-carrying member of WAPF and plan on attending their annual conference in November. I’m open to exploring new ideas in becoming a healthier me — plus, I heard the food at the conference is kickass. 

I definitely think Paleo, Primal, and WAPF diets have a lot in common — we all promote eating unprocessed, nutrient-dense, whole foods based on an ancestral framework.  Liz of Cavegirl Eats describes how all three diets meld together perfectly in this post as does Kristen over at Food Renegade right here. Quite simply, it just makes sense to me. Who cares about labels anyways? This is just how I eat.

Before I dashed off to work, I gulped down a teaspoon of cinnamon-flavored fermented CLO/butter blend

It doesn’t taste all that icky — sorta like Big Red chewing gum. If you wanna learn more about why this stuff is good for you, read:

I know you’re all dying to know if I’ll be cooking up more organ meats…and the answer is YES!

Hey! Turn that frown upside down. My chef sister will be helping me create recipes so you know they’ll be tasty.