Forky Friday: 7/12/13 by Michelle Tam

Hooray! It’s Friday again and I can share all the fun, crazy, and delicious food-related links I’ve discovered on the interwebs.

News Flash: Chickens Aren’t Toilet Trained.

I’ll admit it: I happily shell out for my weekly delivery of farm-fresh oeufs from Good Eggs ’cause I don’t have the patience to raise my own hens. Plus, I don’t want my lawn covered with guano.

Unfortunately, in their eagerness to become urban chicken farmers, many people don’t stop to consider that chickens have poopholes for a reason.

Forky Friday: 7/12/13 by Michelle Tam

Okay, fine—technically, chickens have cloacae.

Speaking of cloacae, this video (which you can skip if you’re easily offended or humor-impaired) will sear the word into your brain forever. And then you can use it to impress your friends over cocktails.

Where was I…? Oh, right. Chicken poo. Some rookie chicken farmers don’t realize that chickens excrete guano until it’s too late—and end up dumping their neglected chickens at the local animal shelter. Not good.

Lesson: don’t even think of becoming an urban chicken farmer until you’ve come to grips with the true hazards of backyard hens.

Good Sammies vs. Bad Sammies

Back in the day, I used to live on sandwiches. When I went Paleo, I thought I’d starve without ‘em. But believe it or not, I’ve found that I don’t miss sandwiches. The bread just gets in the way of the good stuff, know what I mean?

Forky Friday: 7/12/13 by Michelle Tam

If I’m gonna eat with my hands, I’d much rather chow down on a Bacon & Guacamole Sammie or a Paleo Sausage Egg “McMuffin” or a Big-O Bacon Burger with Grilled Portobello Mushroom “Buns” (recipe in my iPad app, as well as in my upcoming cookbook!) than something that’s going to punch me in the gut. (A Dunkin Donuts Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich? Puh-leeze.

Looking for other novel bread-free sandwiches? Check out this list compiled by Redbook. (Psst…I’m partial to #14.)

Forky Friday: 7/12/13 by Michelle Tam

Put a Lid on It.

I’ve been intrigued with the idea of home canning ever since I watched Sean Timberlake and Kate Payne’s great cooking demo at BlogHer Food last month. I’m finally ready to bite the bullet—especially after reading Aimée Wimbush-Bourque’s recent post, 40 Preserving Links: Beginner Tips, Pro Tips, and Canning with Honey.

No excuses, right? Now I have to buy a giant pressure cooker to can my homemade Paleo Sriracha.

Forky Friday: 7/12/13 by Michelle Tam

Look, Ma! I’m in OK! Magazine!

I received a nice surprise when David Webb, a Paleo-eating, CrossFitting professional opera singer let me know that I was mentioned in his latest Classically Fit column in OK! Magazine. It tickles me pink that someone across the pond is cooking out of my iPad cooking app! (Click on the pic to enlarge the article.)

Forky Friday: 7/12/13 by Michelle Tam

Recipe Roundup

  • Who knew you could make clarified butter in the microwave? Baking maven Alice Medrich—that’s who! Check our her post on Food52 right here.

Forky Friday: 7/12/13 by Michelle Tam

  • Shauna Ahearn—the Gluten Free Girl herself!— just posted a vibrant summer salad, Beet Greens and Purple Cauliflower Salad with Herb Pistou.
  • Thinking about firing up the grill? My pal Russ Crandall has a mind-blowing recipe for Smoked Spare Ribs with Cider.
  • If you’re hankerin’ for fish, make Hank Shaw’s Saffron Halibut with Italian Salsa Verde. Just for the halibut. (Wacka-wacka!)
  • Want a sweet treat? Try TheKitchn’s No-Bake Dessert Recipe: Peach Tarts with Ginger and Coconut!

Have a great weekend!

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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