Forky Friday: 6/13/14 by Michelle Tam

Happy Friday the 13th! Yeah, I know it’s been a while. At the end of each week, my dear old dad’s been reminding me that I haven’t put up a new Forky Friday in eons, so I think it’s past time I put up a new post packed to the gills with my favorite finds from ’round the world wide web. So in advance of Father’s Day, this one’s for you, Pop!

Celebrate Your Dad!

Yep—Father’s Day is Sunday. THIS Sunday. Got something special planned for the big poppa in your life? If you’re still searching for a cool gift, I’ve got a feeling all the grilling guys (and gals) out there will love Chris Schlesinger’s and John “Doc” Willoughby’s The Big-Flavor Grill

Forky Friday: 6/13/14 by Michelle Tam

Ever since I received a review copy a few weeks ago, I’ve been testing many of the no-marinade, no-hassle recipes on our grill. The simple techniques in this book are a revelation: simply pick the right cut of protein, slap on a zero-fuss rub, grill the meat, and then toss the fire-charred goodness with a flavorful sauce. That’s it.

The Big-Flavor Grill has made a spontaneous griller out of me. It’s a game-changer.

One of my favorite dishes in the book is the recipe pictured on the book’s cover: Grilled Skirt Steak with Smoky Red Onions and Grilled Avocados. 

Forky Friday: 6/13/14 by Michelle Tam

From start to finish, this meal took just 30 minutes to make. If—like me—you’ve had an irrational fear of grilling over an open flame, this book’ll get you over the hump, and it makes for an incredible Father’s Day gift.

But if you’re strapped for cash, you don’t need to buy a present to make your dad feel appreciated. Just let him know you’ll be making brunch, and reconnect with your old man over a plate of Bacon Pancake Sandwiches

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…or grill him a Chili Rib Eye Steak by following Chef Pete Evan’s drop-dead-simple technique!

Save Some Moulah!

I may be a spendthrift when it comes to food and gadgets, but I’m a total cheapo in all other aspects of my life. That’s why I was excited to spot an article on Lifehacker about the Top 10 Ways to Save More Money at Costco and Other Warehouse Clubs. With all the money you’ll save, you can pick up a copy of our cookbook while you’re perusing the aisles at Costco and BJ’s!

Forky Friday:6/13/14 by Michelle Tam

Saturated Phat

One of the most difficult concepts for me to swallow when I started on a Paleo lifestyle was that of “healthy fats.” After all, I’d earned a nutrition and food science degree in the early ’90s, when the low-fat, grain-heavy dogma was drilled into my cranium.

Forky Friday: 6/13/14 by Michelle Tam

But lately, there’s been a flurry of mainstream press about how the medical community’s long-held stance against saturated fat might be flat-out wrong. Much of this news has been triggered by the release of Nina Teicholz’s new tome, The Big Fat Surprise. Check out this fat-positive coverage on the Today Show! (Why do I suspect the Today Show folks are secretly Paleo?)

One Veggie to Rule Them All

Watercress is the new black.

Forky Friday: 6/13/14 by Michelle Tam

In a new study, the three most nutrient-dense items in the produce aisle are revealed to be watercress, Chinese cabbage, and chard. In your face, kale!

Now, I just need to figure out more ways to incorporate watercress into my recipes…

Making Air Travel Less Yucky

I love visiting and eating my way through exotic locales, but the very idea of air travel makes me nauseous. Crowded airports, long security lines, and interminable waits are the norm these days—and that’s all before getting herded into a metal tube and scrunched into an economy seat.


Luckily, I just came across a bunch of tips from Esther Gokhale, the primal posture expert, on how to make maximize one’s comfort when cramped in coach

Having flown to a bazillion (okay, a dozen) cities for various book events this year, it’s now more obvious than ever that I need to pack my own Paleo-friendly food for flights. Example: when I flew to New York City to attend the Webby Awards a few weeks ago, I packed  chocolate, sprouted nuts, and Primal Pacs.

Forky Friday: 6/13/14 by Michelle Tam

I didn’t realize it at the time, but just about all the tasty items I shoved into my carry-on are available from my friends at Barefoot Provisions. In fact, Barefoot Provisions now has a cool curated collection of travel-friendly snacks, Summer Fun & Yum, that includes even more portable Paleo grub. (And here’s a special deal alert for my readers: Get 10% off any of the items from Summer Fun & Yum with the code: SUMMERFUNYUM from now through 6/19/14!)

Old Dog, New Tricks

Although I have a Coconut Milk Yogurt recipe on my blog (from guest blogger Neely Quinn of The Paleo Plan), I’m far from expert at making it.

Forky Friday: 6/13/14 by Michelle Tam

But with a good kick-in-the-pants by Beth Brickey of Tasty Yummies, I have a feeling I’ll be practicing like crazy. If you’ve ever had any trouble making your own coconut milk yogurt at home, check out Beth’s terrific Coconut Milk Yogurt tutorial. And while you’re at it, explore the rest of her blog, too—it’s awesome.

That’s not the only new trick this old dog learned this week. I have my own preferred method for making Perfect Hard-Boiled Eggs, but I’m always open to new ideas. J. Kenji Lopez-Alt just posted his definitive, scientifically-tested method on how to make the ultimate boiled eggs, and guess what? It works like a charm. (Spoiler alert: Dunk cold eggs into boiling water!)

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Thank you, Nomsters!

To wrap up this Friday post, I wanted to pen a note of gratitude to you, dear readers. We just got word from our publisher that Nom Nom Paleo: Food For Humans was the #4 best-selling cookbook according to Nielsen’s BookScan—the highest it’s ranked since its debut back in December!

Forky Friday: 6/13/14 by Michelle Tam

We’re grateful for your continued support, and sending invisible hugs to each and every one of you. XOXO!

Looking for more 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).

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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