Today, it was back to my old routine again – cooking, hanging with friends, playing with the kids, blogging – and it felt great.

For breakfast, I reheated last night’s leftover vegetable and beef soup…

…and I ate a small nuked yam.

Gold stars for my readers who’ve noticed that I’ve lately been eating more carbs in the form of safe starches. I’ve been keeping up with Richard Nikoley’s latest n=1 observations, and I’m experimenting with increased carb intake to see how it affects me. He’s a smart, sane dude and I value what he has to say.

We spent the rest of the morning at the Mountain View Costco where I stocked up on organic vegetables, avocados, mushrooms, yams, and the obligatory mega-bundles of paper towels and toilet paper. And I caved and bought two containers of mac nuts. They’re like crack, I tell ya!

At lunchtime, I practiced my mayo making skillz in preparation for my cooking demonstration at PaleoFX12. Click here for the recipe and video.

My chef sister taught me a cool trick this weekend that makes whipping your own mayo even easier. Here it is: Get yourself a cheap-o plastic squeeze bootle and fill it with oil. 

The squeeze bottle makes it a breeze to maintain a slow, steady stream of oil while you whip up your emulsion!

My sis is a veritable kitchen genius.

For lunch, I roasted a tray of broccoli and garlic cloves…

…and made a quick smoked turkey salad with store-bought guacamole as the binder.

I spooned the turkey and avocado salad into Pure Wraps and topped it with sliced bell pepper and baby kale.

We spent the rest of the afternoon in our garage gym, where the kids blew off steam on the erg while a couple of our friends learned how to climb our rope.

During the last few hours of sunlight, we hung out at our neighborhood park and scrambled up play structures and built sand castles.

For dinner, I cooked up a batch of Big-O sliders (the recipe for these yummy bacon and mushroom filled burger patties will be in my upcoming iPad cooking app)…

…and sauteed a bag of baby kale in the burger grease. I seasoned the greens with lemon zest and Red Boat Fish Sauce.

Fitbomb was creative (yet again) and invented his own version of a “green” burger. He does have an affinity for guacamole sammies.

On another note, THANK YOU to all who have voted for me in The 2012 Homies! For those of you who haven’t, what are you waiting for? I’m counting on your votes!

I’m one of six finalists for Best Photography in a Food Blog, and the votes are CLOSE. I’m currently in second place(!) and I would appreciate your vote by this Friday (3/9/12 at 3:00 pm EST) if you deem me worthy. I know my blog had over 13,000 unique visitors today, and if only a fraction of you vote, I’ll be forever grateful. Paleo FTW! You guys are the best readers EVAH!

About Michelle Tam

Hello! My name is Michelle Tam, and I love to eat. I think about food all the time. It borders on obsession. I’ve always loved the sights and smells of the kitchen. My mother was (and is) an excellent cook, and as a kid, I was her little shadow as she prepared supper each night. From her, I gained a deep, abiding love for magically transforming pantry items into mouth-watering family meals.

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