Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lemongrass Pork Chops from The Ancestral Table

While looking through Russ Crandall's The Ancestral Table, his Lemongrass Pork Chops stood out to me.  He talks about lemongrass pork chops being one of the identifiable Vietnamese dishes, but I'd never had them before.  I had some close friends growing up that were Vietnamese and I had many a traditional Vietnamese meal with them and never had a pork chop with them, so I was curious.  He has a version of this recipe at The Domestic Man, but it is quite a bit different from the recipe in the cookbook that I will be reviewing.   I gathered my ingredients, and got to work.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Salisbury Steak from The Ancestral Table

After trying the Japchae from Russ Crandall's The Ancestral Table, I was excited to give another recipe from the book a try.  I decided upon the Salisbury Steak.  He does have a version of this recipe on his blog, but it is a little different than the book version that I am reviewing.  It had actually been quite a few years, like 30, since I last had Salisbury Steak.  It's not a story for the blog, but I'll say my avoidance of the dish started with a T.V. dinner.  I was ready to see if Russ could bring this dish back in to my paleo life.  I gathered my ingredients, turned my oven on to pre-heat and got to work.  

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Japchae from The Ancestral Table

This year at PaleoFX, I had the pleasure of running into Russ Crandall of The Domestic Man in the cooking demonstration area.  We've met a few times and he was super nice as always.  He asked if I had a copy of his book, The Ancestral Table, yet and I did not.  He then says that he thought I was on the list to get one from his publisher.  A couple of Whoa! moments here: 1.  Russ Crandall actually remembers who I am.  2.  I was thought of to be on a list.  3.  I'm getting a new cookbook to try.  Whoa- indeed!  Well, within a few days, I found a lovely copy in my mailbox.  Thanks, Russ!

Those of you who have been readers of the blog know that Russ and I approach a paleo lifestyle a bit differently and well that's just fine.  Just as I can take a non-paleo recipe and make it fit my needs, which are more on the Whole30 side of the paleo lifestyle spectrum, I can make Russ's recipes work for me and they, hopefully, will be tasty.  

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tomato Salad with Jalapeño Vinaigrette from Make Ahead Paleo

While at PaleoFX last weekend, I finally got to meet Tammy Credicott in person.  We had tried to meet up at PaleoFX 2013 but we kept missing each other.  I'm pleased to report that she is just as nice in person as the persona she projects in her blog and books. I was able to catch one of her cooking demonstrations where she made her  Tomato Salad with Jalapeño Vinaigrette from Make Ahead Paleo.   

Tammy Credicott at PaleoFX

When she was done, she invited us up for smells but we could not taste.  I posted a picture of her finished salad to the blog's facebook page.  It smelled absolutely lovely and looked quite pretty as well.  I decided I had to try this recipe out so I could have a taste.  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Egg Salad from Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods

One thing that you can do to make eating a paleo template is to be prepared.  For me, preparedness can be a double edged sword.  I'll take the time to prepare snack foods to take to work in case I get hungry between meals, but then I'm simply not hungry between meals.  Of course, if I don't prepare, I get hungry or "hangry" as the case may be.  This happened to me recently and I found myself with 4 hard boiled eggs that needed to be eaten.  I happened to have some paleo mayo in the refrigerator and remembered that Quick & Easy Paleo Foods by Julie & Charles Mayfield had an Egg Salad recipe that looked quite tasty.   

Even though I hadn't planned to make this salad, I had all of the ingredients except for the pitted black olives.  This was sad as the introductory paragraph to the recipe says the olives bring something special to the salad.  

Imagine Apple Cider Vinegar in this picture as well.