Monday, October 20th, 2014

Recipe: Wild-Caught Sweet-n-Sassy Sockeye Salmon on Salad w Honey Avocado Mustard Dressing

Wild-Caught Rosemary Lime Spicy-n-Sweet Sockeye Salmon

Wild-Caught Sweet-n-Sassy Sockeye Salmon on Salad w Honey Avocado Mustard Dressing

I admit, 6 months ago I wouldn’t have had the courage to cook wild-caught salmon whole, but, today, I do. And, guess what? It’s wonderfully easy. Easy. Easy. Easy.

Plus, bonus, buying a whole wild-caught sockeye (or king) salmon is cheaper than buying it in pieces. I buy my wild-caught sockeye (and king) salmons from Vital Choice. I opt for the boneless with skin-on. They have an amazing product and fabulous customer service. I called them recently to ask them what to do with the prawns I bought from them. The gal on the phone told me step by step. Awesomeness.

Whole Wild-Caught Rosemary Lime Spicy n Sweet Sockeye Salmon

Whole Wild-Caught Sweet-n-Sassy Sockeye Salmon

This recipe doesn’t require much work at all. The hearty crisp romaine lettuce is tossed in a delectable creamy avocado dressing that is both sweet and savory, which pairs well with the salmon, having it’s own sweet and spicy elements. My 4-year old loved it. My husband loved it. I loved it. Say no more.

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Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Recipe Cinnamon Apple Chicken n Buttered Purple Cabbage Gluten Free

 

Cinnamon Apple Chicken with Buttered Purple Cabbage

Cinnamon Apple Chicken with Buttered Purple Cabbage

My Cinnamon Apple Chicken with Buttered Purple Cabbage is soooo good. It’s comfort, health, ease, and deliciousness all wrapped up in one meal and tied with a bow. Cabbage and apples are a great combo that everyone will love.

Most of my chicken dishes are made in a slow cooker, but once in a while, I want some golden (pasture raised organic) chicken skin to sink my teeth into, such as the gluten free recipe below (and also this staple in our house: Garam Masala Orange Chicken). I buy my pasture raised organic chickens here (also available soy-free, meaning they didn’t feed the chickens any soy). Good Earth Farms is also where we bought our pasture raised turkeys for Thanksgiving and Christmas. A testament to the quality and deliciousness of their poultry was when my mom, who is always extremely(!) honest, exclaimed three times how much she enjoyed the turkey and she’s never been a “turkey” person.

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Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Recipe How to Cook Beef Tongue (Slow Cooker Gluten Free)

Grass fed beef tongue with Cherry BBQ Sauce

Grass fed beef tongue with Cherry BBQ Sauce

Enter the world of grass fed organ meats with me, if you dare.

Though, if you’ve been reading my blog recently, then you came into this unusual world of organ meats when I shared my delicious and “heart healthy” (hehe) Heart Stew recipe with you.

Heart? Liver? Tongue? What’s next? Not sure… kidneys are in my freezer but would you believe I’m freaked out about those the most?

Grass fed organic beef tongue. Are you ready?

Grass fed organic beef tongue. Are you ready? It’s so weird.

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Monday, January 13th, 2014

Recipe Ginger Shallot Dressing: Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free

Fresh organic ginger

Fresh organic ginger

Making my own fresh organic dressings is the only way I consume salad. And since I like salad, I make a lot of fresh dressings. This is a 2.0 version of one I used to make, and it is one of my family’s favorites.

Ginger Shallot Dressing 2.0 (Raw Vegan Paleo Gluten Free)

  • 5 tablespoons raw organic olive oil or macadamia nut oil
  • 3 tablespoons organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1⁄2 teaspoon coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot (or 1 teaspoon onion powder)
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger (or 1 teaspoon ground ginger)

Blend everything up and dress your salad.

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Saturday, January 4th, 2014

Recipe Cherry BBQ Sauce (Paleo Gluten Free)

I created a Cherry BBQ sauce that is sweetener-free and oh-so-super delicious.

Ingredients for Cherry BBQ Sauce

Ingredients for Cherry BBQ Sauce (Paleo, Gluten Free)

I’ve used this recipe as a BBQ sauce over various styles of grass fed beef and bison (including tongue – strange, bizarre, and weird to be sure, but tasty). I’ve also added it to slow cooker stews for a mega flavorful stew experience.This fantastic Cherry BBQ Sauce recipe makes more than you’ll likely use with one dinner, like the grass beef tongue that will be featured with it soon. But, it’ll store well in the refrigerator for a few days to use on other foods like pastured eggs, wild caught fish, or other meat dishes. Or, you can freeze it.

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Friday, October 25th, 2013

Recipe How to Make Bone Broth Stock (Slow Cooker, Sous Vide, Oven, Stove)

 

Beautiful clear bone broth made with the Sous Vide Supreme.

Beautiful organic grass fed beef bone broth made with the Sous Vide Supreme.

Bone broth (a.k.a. stock)… I love it.

One of the earlier foods I introduced into our diet after changing from vegan to omnivore was nourishing (and delicious) homemade grass fed bone broth (stock).

In culinary circles, stock (or as I’ll refer to it in my blog post, bone broth) is considered the foundation of cooking, and for good reason. A cup of broth seems so simple, and for the most part it is, but it can be used in so many ways. Bone broth really sets the foundational flavor for many recipes.

Michael Ruhlman writes about stock making, “It may be the most commonly avoided preparation in America’s kitchens, even though it’s the single preparation that might elevate a home cook’s food from decent to spectacular.” He also says, “If there’s one preparation that separates a great home cook’s food from a good home cook’s food, it’s stock.”

I hope those quotes inspire you to embrace stock (bone broth) making, and if you’re still on the fence, read on because I’ll show you how easy, fun, and wonderful it is to prepare.

*UPDATE – TODAY (10/25/13): Since writing this long post and scheduling it to appear, I’ve learned even more about making stock because I’m enrolled in a Classic Cooking school right now, and we actually learned about stock making today. I would say that my instructor would probably be intrigued with some of what I’ve written but he’d also probably be horrified. I had planned on adding to this post to reflect that, but I came home and saw that — oops — the post has gone live already. That being said… these are all still “pretty” legit and they make yummy bone broth. I will add to the bottom of this post what I’ve learned in school for the truly classical method, hopefully later today!

*Update (11/24/14): I made a batch of bone broth with all kinds of groovy things in it. I’ll post pics and details at the bottom.

Warm broth going into a mug.

Warm bone broth going into a mug.

Making bone broth was something that really intrigued me once we ended our decade-long vegan journey. At the same time, I didn’t know much about it. If I remember correctly, we started our omnivore foodie life with organic, pastured-raised eggs, along with grass fed organic ghee and high vitamin butter oil, and then we added sardines (learn how you, too, can love sardines here).

Shortly after, I was mystically drawn to bone broth so I started playing around with it. Seemed weird, mostly because I was using the term “bone broth” yet I couldn’t help myself because it sounded wickedly fun. Bone broth is also referred to as stock (chicken stock, beef stock, fish stock), so when you’re talking to people outside the Paleo or Nourishing Traditions spheres, they might look at you like you have two heads if you say you make bone broth, which is really just good ol’ stock.

When I started the bone broth journey, I had no idea what to do or where to begin, but I quickly learned. It’s my hope to introduce this into your home if you’re new to it, with ease and excitement, because making bone broth (i.e., chicken or beef stock) is really fun and crazy easy. With a few simple tips, you will be well on your way.

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