Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Chef Pascal and me. He’s funny and French.
I’ve mentioned a few times that I recently took a 6-month course at a local cooking school to increase my skills in the kitchen. When I went from vegan to omni, I was feeling out of sorts in the kitchen. I ruined too many grass-fed steaks and wild-caught fish.
So, I talked mom into taking this course at Classic Cooking Academy.
It was amazing, fun, and worth every penny especially since I learned to shuck oysters! I don’t know about you, but watching that on YouTube is not as good as practicing in a class with a professional to guide you.
Learning to shuck oysters makes you a total bad-ass.
And, we learned to make things like this…
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Thursday, March 12th, 2015
Golden Coffee – brain boosting and anti-inflammatory. YES!
I’ve been drinking a coffee shake type drink (or Dave Asprey’s bulletproof coffee) for the past couple of years. I make it most mornings. Lately, I’m adding a new twist to it.
I was hesitant because I didn’t think it’d taste very good, but I tried it, and ya know what? It’s just fine! I don’t even know it’s in there (and neither does Greg – hehe). Now, I’m hooked because it’s an easy way to get some of this anti-inflammatory and brain-boosting herb/spice into my diet – daily. And, if I have a decaf bulletproof coffee at night, which I’m known to do because it’s satisfying like a dessert even though there is no sugar in it, then I’ll get a double serving of turmeric. <– Bring it!
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Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip SLOW COOKER Granola. YES!
Remember that EASY slow cooker recipe I shared for making granola? It was good, wasn’t it? Easy, too, right?
Well, I decided to make another batch with a bit of a twist.
I’m not going to bore you with anything else… here’s the recipe.
Wait, you know what? I will mention one thing. This stuff makes a great gift. Make a batch and divide it into pint-sized glass mason jars. Maybe put a cute label on it or a ribbon if you’re that kind of person. Give these away to family, friends, teachers, etc. It’s so good – you really should share it.
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Sunday, February 15th, 2015
Rosemary Infused Purple Cauliflower Mash. Family style.
I was at the market and saw organic purple cauliflower. Cauliflower isn’t my favorite by any stretch, but it was purple so I had to buy it.
I bought a lot of things that day and I made my way through the rest before approaching the cauliflower. I hadn’t decided what to do with it. Roast it with ghee? Make a purple soup from it? Oh! I know… I’ll make a cauliflower mash.
But, not just any cauliflower mash.
Infused with rosemary.
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Friday, February 13th, 2015
Gluten-Free pasta, Kristen Suzanne style – loaded with veggies and butter.
For much of my upbringing, I was raised in an Italian household (I’m part Italian and part Polish basically). Our Italian household had pasta night every Sunday. I remember the dinners fondly, as well as the midnight snacking on cold pasta straight from the fridge and dipping it in the cold sauce.
These days, sadly, pasta is not my favorite thing to serve because it’s not exactly the most nutritious option in my pantry. But(!), we gotta have fun sometimes and who doesn’t love pasta?
So, this is how we do pasta at our house on pasta night – loaded with veggies.
And, grass-fed butter.
That’s a pasta dish I can actually feel pretty darn good about serving my family.
Here’s what I do…
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Thursday, February 20th, 2014
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (Pizzooki) Gluten Free
Wow. I’m truly in heaven. My Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (gluten free) recipe is, officially, my favorite gluten free homemade dessert recipe. My second would be my Pumpkin Pie, but that’s a recipe I’ll share later. I can’t take all the credit for coming up with this masterpiece though. I was inspired by two things.
- Over a decade ago I ate a dessert at a local Italian restaurant where they had a “Pizzookie” which was a giant chocolate chip cookie served in a small cast iron pan with ice cream on top. I have longed for that for years, but I wouldn’t get it because it’s so unhealthy, obviously. Instead, I dreamt about it. For over a decade.
- Then, a few months ago, I was reading a fun blog, Cave Girl Eats. I saw that she made a giant paleo chocolate chip cookie in a pie dish. I thought to myself… THAT’S IT! I can recreate the Pizzookie! Now, mine isn’t strictly paleo like hers because grass fed butter belongs in this bad boy. Be sure to check out Cave Girl Eats’ blog. I call her “funny girl” because I’m frequently giggling when I read her work.
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Monday, February 3rd, 2014
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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Friday, January 31st, 2014
Carrot Cauliflower Puree
I love using fresh organic produce which shows off vibrant colors. This recipe of Carrot Cauliflower Puree does just that. It’s the color of a sunset, so pretty. Delicious, too. I can serve this as a side dish to any meal whether it’s breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Carrot Cauliflower Puree (Gluten Free Recipe)
Yield 4 servings
- 1 head of cauliflower, chopped
- 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 cup homemade broth (learn how to make here)
- 1/4 cup grass fed butter
- fresh organic thyme, for garnish
- Put the cauliflower and carrots in a large, deep saute pan with about a few tablespoons of filtered water. Cook over medium heat, covered, until tender. Alternatively, you can steam them with a steamer insert like this. (I love that steamer insert because it has handles that don’t get too hot to touch, so I can simply dump the veggies into a bowl waiting with butter in it, in one quick dump.)
- Transfer the vegetables to a food processor, fitted with the “S” blade, and add the remaining ingredients. Process to a chunky or smooth consistency, as desired.
Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Organic Grass Fed Eye of the Round Roast – perfectly tender and cooked throughout.
Last year in order to save money we ordered an 1/8th of a grass fed organic cow from Alderspring Ranch where you can get the finest organic grass fed beef. When you order in bulk like that you get all different cuts of meats, many of which I was unsure how to prepare.
Enter: Grass Fed Eye of the Round Roast.
I had made roasts in my slow cooker before so I figured that’d be the best way to prepare this particular cut. But, after researching online, I learned that this is one of the toughest, leanest, (and usually cheapest) cuts of beef. Although slow cookers have a knack for making tougher cuts more tender, I had a little doubt as to whether that’d be the best option for cooking it. Back to researching online to see what I might do with my Sous Vide Supreme for this cut of beef.
After reading a few different articles, I’m sharing what I ended up doing (and will always do for grass fed eye of the round roast going forward). This meat, with the reputation for being as tough and chewy as stale bubble gum was one of the most tender pieces of meat we’ve ever had. Literally, it was tenderloin tender after using the Sous Vide to cook the Eye of the Round Roast. I’m not surprised though since that is a prime reason for using a Sous Vide to cook meats. Not only will you never overcook your precious meat, but you will also save money on buying meat because you can buy the cheaper cuts of meat, but still enjoy it without wearing out your jaw.
See? You can save money on meat and use that saved money to buy a sous vide.
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Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Here’s a great side dish recipe to have in your recipe box because it can go with so many meals, it’s easy to make, and it’s nutritious. It has a texture that is like air, if you can imagine that. But, the catch is that you need a high speed blender to get it to perfection, preferably a Vitamix with the plunger.
Buttered Cauliflower Puree (gluten free)
Buttered Cauliflower Puree
Yield 4 servings
Blend the steamed cauliflower and butter until smooth, using the plunger to make the magic happen. Taste and season with sea salt, if needed.
** My favorite steamer is here. I love it! I used to have one of those cheapies you insert in the bottom of a pot. It would always fold in while trying to get out the veggies – total pain. Then, it was hot and couldn’t touch it. I found this awesome steamer insert and fell madly in love. It fits a couple of my pots, I can easily get all the veggies out at once by using the side handles and picking it up and dumping all veggies in a bowl of butter. The handles don’t get too hot to touch. Highly recommend.