Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Welcome to The Paleo Review!

Have you ever wondered after if that Paleo friendly recipe in a cookbook or on the Internet with a beautiful picture actually tastes good?  I do!  

Welcome to The Paleo Review!

On this blog, I will chronicle my paleo adventures in cooking.  I'll try recipes I find in paleo cookbooks and on the Internet and will review my cooking and eating experiences here.  As the blog gets going, I hope to receive recipe requests.  

This is very much a work in progress and I look forward to the day in the distant future where I look back at these first posts and cringe and reflect fondly at my inexperience and sloppiness.  I'm a bit of a planner, so I could plan and plan this site and never get started, so I've opted to just start.  Eventually, I would like each recipe post to include:

  • My actual prep time versus the prep time in the recipe;
  • My ease in finding the ingredients and expense;
  • Notes and pictures during the cooking process;
  • My actual cook time; 
  • End product pictures with my comments on taste; and,
  • My clean up time.  
Who am I and why should you pay an attention to my opinions?  I'm an average girl with a full time job, a house (and two kittens) to manage on her own; I swim with USMS swim team; have a social life; and value my health enough to cook on average 95% of my meals.  As many paleo recipes have expensive* cuts of meat involved, I know I'd appreciate not being the Guinea pig sometimes.  Well, I'll be your Guinea pig!  

Now I used the "expensive" word.  I hated to do that.  Eating a paleo diet does not have to be expensive in and of itself.  What I meant there is that within your total grocery budget, your protein (beef, poultry, eggs, seafood) comprises the biggest chunk of your food budget total.  If you have questions about making the paleo lifestyle work for your budget, whatever it may be, as I found paleo through, I highly recommend his budget shopping guide.

Before getting to a recipe post, I'll say a little about me and my kitchen.  I like to cook, but I lack any real creativity in the kitchen.  If you give me a good recipe, I can make it.  Most of the time, I am cooking for just myself, but I rarely cook one meal at a time.  I enjoy cooking for others when I have the chance.  My kitchen is super tiny.  I'm certain the person who designed it has never cooked a meal in his/her life.  Here she is: 

So, cabinet/work space is pretty limited.  I have one kitchen drawer.  Yes, I said, one.  When I bought the house, the kitchen wasn't complete.  I had no idea how inefficiently the cabinets had been designed.   I do the best what what I have and have replaced the contractor grade dishwasher and sink with an upgrade and added the super-duper shiny microwave range hood.  Thankfully, I have a gas stove and oven.  I've managed to spread out some of my kitchen storage throughout the house (my Harry Potter closet under the stairs).  I love kitchen gadgets and appliances, but you have to work hard to earn a place on my itty-bitty counter!  And yes, those are dirty dishes in the sink.  Shame!

Without further ado, lets get to some recipes!