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Giveaway Time! Hamilton Beach Slow Cookers Up For Grabs!

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Giveaway Time! Hamilton Beach Slow Cookers Up For Grabs! by Michelle Tam

Hello, friends! It’s been a while since I last hosted a giveaway. How do I know? Recently, a bunch of people have been entering my old giveaways…from 2012.

That tells me three things:

  1. I’ve got some new readers!
  2. The new folks love giveaways as much as my loyal Nomsters.
  3. Reading comprehension tends to go out the window when free stuff is involved.

Anyway, I got the hint, and have been hard at work lining up some fantabulous giveaways. Really—you won’t be disappointed.

Up for grabs this week: my favorite slow cooker!

Giveaway Time! Hamilton Beach Slow Cookers Up For Grabs! by Michelle Tam

I gave one away last year, but this model—the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6 Quart Programmable Slow Cooker—is even better. Plus, it includes a super-groovy 2-cup warmer/thermos thingy.

And that’s not all: thanks to the generous folks at Hamilton Beach, THREE lucky winners will each receive this butt-kicking prize!

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Whole30 Day 5: Slow Cooker Chicken & Gravy

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Being stuck in the kitchen is no way to spend your Saturday. Especially if your mood is: KILL ALL THE THINGS! So today, I’m featuring a miraculously easy, set-it-and-forget-it slow cooker recipe that’ll yield a moist, tender chicken and a thick, savory gravy. That’s right: I said gravy.


Serve this for supper, and everyone’ll lick their plates clean. Just be sure to save some gravy for later — I promise it’ll come in handy.

Keep reading for the details!

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Yellow Oprah’s Favorite Things (Giveaway Time)

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Happy New Year! To kick off 2012, I thought it’d be fun to do another giveaway. You know, because I’m the Yellow Oprah.

Dear readers, I want to motivate you to complete a Whole30 or 21-Day Sugar Detox — is it enough of a kick in the keister if you won an indispensible secret weapon in the kitchen? You can’t win a Paleo personal chef because slavery is illegal, but how about winning the best slow cooker on the market?

Yep, I’m giving away a Hamilton Beach Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker (list price: $59.99)!

Having a slow cooker is almost like having a personal chef because your meals will simmer away while you’re out or asleep. Plus, you don’t need to worry about the house burning down. With minimal fuss and mess, you’ll have a comforting pot of stew or braised meat ready to eat in the evening or when you wake up in the morning. 

Slow Cooker Kalua Pig is perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Here’s a slew of Whole30-compliant slow cooker recipes that you can throw together in a snap:

Grass-Fed Beef Shanks & Cabbage Stew

Korean Grass Fed Short Ribs

Thai Yellow Curry with Grass Fed Beef Brisket

Lemongrass and Coconut Chicken Drumsticks

Roast Chicken and Gravy

Curried Goat Shanks

Cheater Pork Stew

Kalua Pig

Pork Shoulder Roast

Wanna know how to win?

Follow these rules to enter the contest:

  1. Tweet out your favorite Whole30-compliant Nom Nom Paleo recipe and/or post it on my Facebook fanpage.
  2. Leave ONE comment on THIS post telling me that you followed directions. I repeat — just ONE comment or you’ll be disqualified.
  3. Complete steps 1 & 2 by Tuesday, 1/3/12, at 11:59 p.m. PST

(By the way, this giveaway is NOT being sponsored by Hamilton Beach. I contacted the company to see if they’d be willing to do so, but I never got a response — probably because I’m such a small sweet potato fry. But I dig my Hamilton Beach slow cooker so much that I’m willing to BUY YOU ONE MYSELF. How’s that for love?)

Paleo Eats: 11/18/11

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Like the previous night, there was no room at the inn again but luckily my shift at the hospital wasn’t too crazy. While I was on the clock, I ate a package of spicy grass fed jerky chews, a merguez sausage over a bed of frozen spinach, and leftover lemongrass and coconut chicken thighs with braised cabbage and yam puree.

When I returned home, I was greeted by my smiley boys and the comforting smell of simmering bone broth

I strained the broth and ladled a steaming mug for Big-O to sip before school…

…stored the rest in the fridge, and cleaned out the slow cooker so I could throw in the ingredients for beef and tomato stew.

**Nom Nom Paleo Tip of the Day: Choose brisket or boneless short ribs for stews and braises. The meat will be meltingly tender as long as you cook it low and slow.**

After I’d tidied up in the kitchen and programmed the slow cooker, I went to bed and snuggled under the covers. Going to sleep during the day is so much easier during the colder months, BUT getting up in the evening is a Herculean task. Seriously.

When I finally dragged myself out of the warm cocoon of blankets, I went to the kitchen to make dinner. Although the slow cooker beef stew was done, I packed it away for a future dinner next week. I’m gonna be thanking myself for this later.

For tonight’s supper, I baked a simple Paleo frittata with leftover antelope emergency protein, chard, and onions….

…and topped each slice with a big dollop of guacamole.

Then, I drove my reluctant ass to work. Ugh. Do I really have five more nights to go?

Paleo Eats: 9/27/11

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It was the worst of times…and the worst of times. Okay, I’m being dramatic but keep reading if you dare.

Work was super busy again. So much so that I barely had time to eat the meal I packed: emergency protein, baked sweet potato fries, and sauteed bell peppers.

Things only got worse when I came home and discovered that our chest freezer in the garage was busted. 


I spent the next couple hours crazily cooking and packing since we had massive amounts of defrosted meat. We piled as much as we could fit into our main freezer, Fitbomb brought some bags o’meat to stash in his work freezers…

and I cooked off the remaining meat. I seasoned pork and goat chops with Spicehound’s seasoning salt

…vacuum sealed them…

…and gave my mom instructions to plop them in the SousVide Supreme later in the afternoon.

Then, I dumped some beef shanks, short ribs, carrots, onions, and a bay leaf into the slow cooker

…and collapsed into bed.

When I woke up in the evening, I took the chops out of the water oven and iced them.

(As a side note: THANK YOU to all our buddies who generously offered to house our meat! The silver lining of this mini meatastrophe is now I have a bunch of cooked food for future meals. Hooray!)

For dinner, I sauteed a head of escarole with shallots

…and adjusted the seasoning of the impromptu slow cooker beef stew before ladling it out.

Here’s my dinner plate:

After dinner, I exercised in the garage before I headed to work ONE LAST time this week. Hallelujah!