Spice Hound Giveaway

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Spice Hound Giveaway by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

**UPDATE on 7/27/14: The giveaway is OVER! Congrats to Chavy C.!**

Staying motivated in the kitchen ain’t always easy, but we all know that cooking our own meals is the best way to nourish ourselves and our families. The problem? WE’RE TIRED AND LAZY.

I’m right there with you. But here’s my secret to mouth-popping food: I keep a stash of delicious flavor boosters in my pantry. That way, when I’m too exhausted to cook anything complicated, I turn to a handful of dishes I can whip up on autopilot that still deliver big flavor. Example? Garbage Stir Fry!

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The key to amping up the flavors in even your simplest homemade concoctions is to use high quality spices, salts, and seasoning blends. I’ve tried a lot of spice blends on the market, and as longtime readers know, some of my favorites are from a local Bay Area company, Spice Hound. Years ago, I met the owner, Tammy Tan, when my nose (and my kids’ grabby hands) led me to her stand at the Palo Alto Farmers’ Market.

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After purchasing and trying a bunch of Tammy’s spice blends, I was hooked.

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You can smell the difference with Tammy’s spices as soon as you twist open the jars. Her blends and spices are incredibly fresh (unlike a lot of the spices in the supermarket that have been sitting on the shelves for who-knows-how-long), and go a long way towards enhancing the dishes I make. Spices and salts are Tammy’s passion, and she searches the ends of the earth to source the best ones available.

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Plus, Spice Hound grinds all the blends in house and just about all of ’em are Whole30-approved! At the moment, Spice Hound spices are only available online for shipment to the 50 states. (If you’re in the Bay Area, you can also pick them up in person at Spice Hound’s San Francisco brick and mortar store and at the Sunday Campbell and Palo Alto farmer’s markets.)

But thanks to Tammy’s generosity, everyone on the planet—not just us Americans—has a chance to try my favorite blends in this week’s giveaway!

What’s up for grabs? 

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Giveaway Time: Vitamix S30!

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**THE GIVEAWAY IS OVER! CONGRATS TO DANIELLA H.!**

I’m still recovering from my blink-and-you-missed-it trip to New York City. When I get a second, I’ll write about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of partying at the 18th Annual Webby Awards with George Takei (okay, we were just in the same room). Plus, I got to do what I always do in NYC: eat my way through the city. But to be honest, I’m glad to be home. I’m thrilled to have this holiday weekend to make up for lost sleep and snuggles with my favorite guys.  

While I recharge, how ’bout I host another giveaway?

Giveaway Time: Vitamix S30 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Thanks to the fine folks at Vitamix, one lucky reader’s going to win a brand-new Vitamix S30 Blender—a $409 value!

I’ve been a loyal fan of Vitamix for years, and my trusty 5200 is still a workhorse in my kitchen. Still, I’d long eyed a more compact version of my super-powerful blender—one that takes up less storage space and can be used whenever I whip up small-volume recipes.

Giveaway Time: Vitamix S30 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Then, out of the blue, Vitamix contacted me a few months ago to test-drive its new personal-size blender, the S30—and as soon as I unboxed it, I knew I was in love. The S30 may be smaller, but it’s still crazy powerful. Plus, it comes with two blending containers: a 20-ounce double-insulated portable carafe and a 40-ounce unit, too.

Giveaway Time: Vitamix S30 by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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Upcoming Book Signing At Hu Kitchen in NYC + A Giveaway!

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In less than two weeks, I’ll be bound for the Big Apple to receive our People’s Voice Webby Award! Thanks to those of you who voted for our iPad app, we managed to best Jamie Oliver(!) in the popular vote. (Don’t worry, Jamie fans—the Naked Chef still managed to pick up three Webby Awards!)

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NYC’s one of my favorite food cities in the world, so you can imagine how excited I am to return. This time, I’m definitely going to make it over to Hu Kitchen, Manhattan’s preeminent Paleo joint. Hu Kitchen serves up tasty, nourishing grub, and offers an incredible selection of grab-and-go options, too.

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I know: I’m late to the game. Henry’s already enjoyed meals at Hu Kitchen, a bunch of my pals have hosted book events there, and the place even has a gigantic sign outside that says “FOOD FOR HUMANS”—the same phrase I used for the subtitle of my cookbook. Honestly, I have no excuses for not visiting sooner…except for the fact that I live 3,000 miles away.

Now, with the Webby Awards ceremony around the corner, I finally have the perfect excuse to haul my butt over there. In fact, I’m excited to announce that my one and only New York City book event will be hosted at Hu Kitchen on Tuesday, May 20th at 7 pm!

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To date, I haven’t done any book signings on the East Coast, so I hope to see you at Hu Kitchen. Bring your books and/or buy them at the event, and I’ll happily scribble all over them. As an added bonus, I’ll be giving away stuff, including Nom Nom Paleo swag and a couple of Hamilton Beach slow cookers. Don’t miss out—the event is absolutely free of charge, but please RSVP by clicking here!

Not close enough to Hu Kitchen to come see me? Turn that frown upside-down, ’cause I have a thank-you giveaway that EVERYONE can enter. What’s up for grabs? Three lucky winners will receive a personalized Nom Nom Paleo prize package that includes a brand-spankin’ new copy of our cookbook, a limited edition Nom Nom Paleo action figure, a Nom Nom Paleo tote bag, and a pair of unisex Nom Nom Paleo knee socks. Anyone in the whole wide world can enter, and I’ll scrawl a personalized note in the book! (I’ll even force my kids to sign it!) Click the picture below to enter:

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The deadline to enter is 8 pm Pacific time on Wednesday, May 14th, so hop to it! Good luck—and I hope to thank you personally at Hu Kitchen in a couple of weeks!


Looking for recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index! You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my New York Times bestselling cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel 2013).

Giveaway Time! Score An Invite To A Private Nom Nom Paleo Dinner Party!

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Giveaway Time! Score An Invite To A Private Nom Nom Paleo Dinner Party! http://nomnompaleo.com

[Photos: Cookhouse]

On Tuesday morning, as I got ready to conk out after the end of another night shift at the hospital, I lazily scanned my Twitter feed one last time with eyes half shut. All of a sudden, I spied this shocker:

Zoinks! Our Nom Nom Paleo iPad app has been nominated for a Webby Award—a.k.a. “the Oscars of the Internet”!

I almost knocked the amber goggles off my face as I frantically texted the happy surprise to Henry. This was completely unexpected, as we hadn’t even submitted our app for consideration. (I’m guessing our developer did. If so, thank you, Y Media Labs!)

We’re grateful, giddy, and humbled that our iPad app has been recognized with a nomination for what the New York Times has called “the Internet’s highest official honor for excellence.” (And besides: any awards ceremony that limits acceptance speeches to only five words is a winner in my book.)

Please vote for Nom Nom Paleo (if you haven’t already) by clicking here! And thank you for continuing to support our little mom ’n pop operation—we couldn’t do this without you!

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To celebrate our Webby nomination, Henry and I feel like partying it up. In fact, we want to feast with a small group of awesome Nomsters like you in San Francisco. Sound like fun? Then you’re going to want to enter my latest giveaway!

Giveaway Time! Score An Invite To A Private Nom Nom Paleo Dinner Party! http://nomnompaleo.com

Here’s the deal: the fine folks at Disqus (you know—the company that powers the comments on this site and many others!) have offered to throw a fun soirée for 20 lucky Nom Nom Paleo readers (plus me and Henry) on the evening of Saturday, May 10th, at the drop-dead gorgeous Cookhouse kitchen loft in San Francisco!

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Reader Appreciation Giveaway: Instant Pot & Nom Nom Paleo Action Figure!

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Man, I’m a pretty lucky gal. This week brought two wonderful surprises (and a not-so wonderful one, too).

I was on nightshift duty at the hospital last week, so I was passed out in bed when a heavy package from Paleo Magazine arrived at our house. It wasn’t until my week of zombie drug dealing was over that I opened up the box—and happily discovered that we won the four categories for which we were nominated in Paleo Magazine’s Best of 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards!

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We won for:

  • Best Food Centered Food Blog!

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Then, on Friday afternoon, another surprise: I got a text message from Diane Sanfilippo alerting me that our cookbook had managed to sneak onto the New York Times Best Sellers list in the Dining category!

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Whoa. I was (pleasantly!) stunned. Our book had been out of stock at Amazon and/or Barnes & Noble for chunks of January, so I’d dismissed our chances of making any of the bestseller lists. I was on Cloud Nine—and then thirty minutes later, the main sewage line to our house backed up.

Ugh. Nothing like a little scat to keep my ego in check.

In all seriousness: I know I don’t say it nearly often enough, but THANK YOU. I’m sending out a big virtual hug to all my blog readers and to every person who shelled out his or her hard-earned moolah for our iPad app or cookbook. Thank you for cooking along with us—you make it all worthwhile.

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I read each and every comment, tweet, and email that comes our way. But because it’s just Henry and me working behind the scenes at Nom Nom Paleo—and only after the kids go to bed at 8 p.m.—we can’t always reply to all of your messages or write a proper thank you note.

So as a small token of our gratitude, we’re giving away an brand-spanking-new Instant Pot IP-DUO60—as well as a bunch of my limited edition vinyl action figures! Yep, one winner will receive an Instant Pot and five others will win a Mini-Michelle action figure!

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Nom Nom Paleo Cookbook Trailer + A Sweet Giveaway!

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I think the best part of going to the movies is catching the previews, so naturally, I love that so many authors are now making short videos to promote their cookbooksAs the New York Times observed, cookbook trailers “are slowly becoming as widespread as trailers in other corners of the publishing world”—only with “charming kitchens and light jazz.”

Sadly, my kitchen’s more messy than charming, and light jazz makes me want to punch somebody. So when it came time for me and Henry to make our own trailer, we focused instead on channeling the cartoony spirit of our cookbook. Hit the “Play” button and check out what we did!

(Trouble seeing the video above? Click here to view it on YouTube.)

I absolutely adore our trailer’s animation and bouncy, ’80s-inspired Nom Nom Paleo theme music. The super-talented Lauren Ratcliff and Mark Bartels did an amazing job bringing Henry’s book illustrations to life, don’t you think?

If you dig this trailer as much as we do, I have a favor to ask: please hit the “Share” button on the video, and pass it on to everyone you know. We’d love to spread the good food word (and, of course, sell some books, too), and what better way to deliver the message than with a cartoon?

Need more incentive to share my cookbook trailer? How about a crazy-amazing giveaway sponsored by the good folks at Caveman Cookies?

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GIVEAWAY: GIR BACON SPATULA + NOM NOM SWAG!

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**UPDATE on 11/21/13: The giveaway is OVAH! Please check your email to see if you won!**

Our cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food with Humans, hits shelves in exactly 30 days! As you can see, we’re ready to jump off the screen with excitement!

Nom Nom Paleo Cookbook! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

If you’re excited about it, too, make sure you’ve signed up for my free email newsletter! (Don’t worry: I’ll never, ever, ever share your email address with anyone!) The reason? I’ll be sending to my newsletter subscribers a downloadable 50-page PDF sampler of my cookbook this Thursday, November 21, so hop to it and click here!

And that’s not all! To celebrate my upcoming book release, I’m kicking off a month of giveaways—starting with this week’s prize package:

GIR Bacon Spatula + Nom Nom Swag Giveaway! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

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Hank Shaw’s Slow Roasted Duck (& a Giveaway of Duck, Duck, Goose!)

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Hank Shaw's Slow Roasted Duck (& a Giveaway of Duck, Duck, Goose!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

When I was a kid, my favorite dish was Cantonese roast duck. And frankly, I still love this dish.

Every few weeks, my mom would buy a whole roasted duck from Chinatown for a family feast. The heady smell of roasted meat and five spice powder always drew me into the kitchen; there, I’d stealthily pick at the tender duck and crispy amber skin while it was still in its take-out container.

My mom always bought the entire duck—with head and neck still attached—because she wanted to utilize the whole animal. She wouldn’t carve it up until we got home; the meat would go on a platter while the carcass was used to make a flavorful master stock for the rest of the week’s meals.

Hank Shaw's Slow Roasted Duck (& a Giveaway of Duck, Duck, Goose!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

Once, when I asked her why she never had the guy behind the counter at the Chinese market chop up the meat for her, she laughed. Anyone naive enough to do that would inevitably get stiffed a few pieces, she explained. The best pieces.

Right before dinner, my mom would reheat the duck in the oven to re-crisp the skin, and then place it on her gnarled wooden chopping block and hack it into bite-size pieces with her ginormous cleaver. This was my cue: I’d oh-so-casually sidle up next to her and make puppy eyes at her until she handed me a piece of glistening meat to scarf down before dinner.

My love of duck has persisted to this day. But although I’ve prepared it a number of different ways, I never attempted to cook a whole duck until just last week. The reasons? I didn’t have ready access to a top-notch source for whole ducks, and I wasn’t confident that I had a fool-proof recipe. After all, high quality ducks are expensive, and I didn’t want to screw it up.

Hank Shaw's Slow Roasted Duck (& a Giveaway of Duck, Duck, Goose!) by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

But recently, two things changed. I’ve become a regular customer/convert of Good Eggs—a service that delivers fresh food from local farmers and artisans to customers’ doorsteps—and I was delighted to see that they’re selling whole ducks from Early Bird Ranch in Pescadero. And just a few weeks ago, I received an advance review copy of Hank Shaw’s latest cookbook, Duck, Duck, Goose.

The stars had aligned. It was time to roast my first whole duck.

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Giveaway: A Signed Copy of Well Fed 2 & Socks!

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The days are getting nippy. Can you think of a better way to get cozy than to curl up with a fantastic cookbook in some comfy knee-highs? I didn’t think so.

Thanks to my pal Melissa Joulwan, one lucky winner will win a signed copy of her soon-to-be-released cookbook, Well Fed 2 AND a pair of Well Fed Socks! I’ve already gushed about the awesomeness of her book here, and everybody knows Gumball Poodle makes the best socks ever.

So what are you waiting for? There are a bunch of different ways to enter for a chance to win—and even international readers can enter to win—so click on the box below to get in on the action! 

Forky Friday: Birthday Cookbook Giveaway! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

But do it soon, ’cause the deadline is 8 p.m. Pacific time on Friday, October 18, 2013!

Good luck, everyone!


Are you lost and looking for my recipes? Head on over to my Recipe Index! You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Andrews McMeel, December 2013).

Forky Friday: Birthday Cookbook Giveaway!

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Forky Friday: Birthday Cookbook Giveaway! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

**UPDATE: THE GIVEAWAY IS OVER! PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL TO SEE IF YOU WON!**

"Happy birthday, mommy! What are you turning today?" Lil-O asked me when I got home this morning.

"I’m turning old,” I told him.

As a gift to myself, I’m not posting a typical Forky Friday. Instead, I’m treating myself to a solid chunk of sleep before heading to my graveyard shift at the hospital tonight. For half a second, I’d considered taking the day off from my regular zombie drug-dealing schedule, but as my sister once reminded me, I’m not turning 5 years old. I can work on my birthday. Don’t get me wrong: I’d much rather be dining at RN74 with the awesome Paleo Chef a.k.a. Mary Shenouda, but duty calls.

Enough about my real job—I’d rather celebrate the last year of my 30s with a present to YOU! And guess what? This giveaway isn’t limited to just U.S. residents—it’s open to everyone in the whole wide world!

Ready?

Forky Friday: Birthday Cookbook Giveaway! by Michelle Tam http://nomnompaleo.com

It’s no secret that I love cookbooks. I never went to culinary school or trained with a professional chef; instead, I learned to cook by watching my mom and sister in the kitchen and obsessively poring over cookbooks. These days, I rarely cook from books (I read ‘em for pleasure), but I firmly believe that you’ve got to master the basics in order to excel in the kitchen. 

The best cookbooks aren’t just for newbies—they’re perfect for all levels of expertise: from rookies learning to boil water to pros who are looking to up their game. The four books I’m giving away go well beyond the basics; they’re essential tomes for every kitchen.

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