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!



We won for:

  • Best Food Centered Food Blog!
  • Best Culinary Recreation — Paleo Sriracha!


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!


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.


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!

I bought my own Instant Pot IP-LUX60 a few months ago when I read a glowing review on my pal Laura Pazzaglia’s site. After cooking with it non-stop for the past few weeks, I’ve fallen hard for this appliance. The Instant Pot’s a programmable multi-functional countertop cooker that works as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, and warmer. It even has a sauté setting so you only have to dirty one pot when you’re cooking.


Do I sound like a paid shill for Instant Pot? ’Cause I’m not. I just happen to love this gadget. I bought my Instant Pot myself, and I’ll be purchasing one for the winner as well. In fact, I’ll be buying the winner the newest model, IP-DUO60 (retail value: $235.00), which improves upon the one I have by adding a bunch of cool new features. (Heck, I might get one for myself, too. For research purposes.)

Unfortunately, the Instant Pot can be won only by a U.S. or Canadian resident. (Instant Pot ships only to addresses in the U.S. and Canada, and is designed to work only with 110~120-volt outlets.) Sorry, international folks! To soothe the hurt, I’m also giving away limited edition Nom Nom Paleo designer vinyl action figures to five lucky winners—and I’m happy to ship ’em anywhere in the world!


(For those who’ve been asking: No, Mini-Michelle isn’t for sale yet. But if you join my mailing list, you’ll be among the first to know when make them available for purchase. And—fingers-crossed—it should be very soon!)


Just click on the link below to enter for a chance to win by 8 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday, February 6, 2014!

Good luck, everyone!

Looking for more 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).

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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