Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Boeuf Bourguignon from Wellness Mama

While looking for recipes to use my my beef share round steaks, I came across this recipe from Wellness Mama.  After making the steak rolls, I had one 1 pound package of round steaks left so I decided to give the Boeuf Bourguignon a try.  The recipe calls for 3 pounds of meat, so I put round steak on my shopping list.  At the grocery store, I searched the meat shelves and there were no round steaks.  I could have pulled out my smart phone and started searching the internet for substitutions, but instead I asked one of the butchers.  He explained to me where the round steak came from on a cow and that the london broil steak came from the same area.  They didn't have of those out but he offered to cut one for me.  Perfect.  I encourage you to talk to your grocers when you can't find what you are looking for, especially at the meat counter, as sometimes they will have a solution for you.  

Butter and wine, how can this possibly go wrong?

Monday, September 24, 2012

Slow Cooker Chicken Broth

When a recipe calls for broth, you'll usually see me use my homemade broth: beef or chicken.  I've blogged my experience making beef broth and today I'll finish up my broth posts with chicken broth.  As you read in my beef broth recipe, a well made broth will gel.  This also applies to chicken broth.  I'm warning you now, if you are easily grossed out, you may want to turn away now, but I hope for the sake of healthy broth, you'll continue to read.  I again turn to Sally Fallon for my recipe which can be found here.

Start with some nice normal aesthetically pleasing vegetables.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Paleo Comfort Foods Steak Roll

In the 25 pound grass fed beef share I recently bought, there were some round steaks.  I did some searching for a recipe to cook with these steaks and decided upon a Steak Roll from Paleo Comfort Foods.  The recipe is in their book, but I could not find where they had posted it themselves on the internet.  If you do some searching on the internet you may be able to find where others have reprinted it.  This cookbook is a great resource to have on hand, whether you are eating a paleo diet or just want to cook some tasty food.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Five Spice Slow Cooker Pork Ribs

On my trip to the grocery store this past weekend, somehow, these pork spare ribs made their way into my cart.
"Fresh"?!? and a "Manager's Special," how could I leave these at the store?
I truly do need supervision at the grocery store.  When I got home, I looked through a few cookbooks and searched the internet and decided upon  this recipe from Melissa Joulwan's blog, The Clothes Make the Girl.  Melissa has a great cookbook, Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat, that I highly recommend.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil Giveaway!

9/24/12 Update: The Giveaway has ended and Andrew R. has claimed his prize!  Congratulations Andrew R. and to all who participated!  I hope to be able to bring some more giveaways in the future.  I'm going to cook some of the recipes that were suggested in the comments and will be reviewing Tropical Traditions Oil in a few weeks.  Thanks for your support!

I was going through twitter the other night and saw a tweet from tropical traditions about food bloggers getting a free sample of their coconut oil for review.  As I use a lot of coconut oil and have seen Tropical Traditions all over the paleo blogosphere, I decided to apply for a sample.

I am happy to report that Tropical Traditions has put a sample in the mail to me and it has offered to sponsor a giveaway of a 1 quart jar of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!  Sweet!

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.

Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Paleoized Jacques Pepin Quick Roasted Chicken

This past Christmas, I had special dinner company and wanted to make something that did not require much prep work or cooking time, but would at the same time impress said company.  I searched the internet a bit found this recipe for Jacques Pepin's Quick Roast Chicken.  

If you look at the ingredient list, there is only one non-paleo item: soy sauce.  This is easily replaced by coconut aminos. But Rachael, there is white wine in the recipe too, is that paleo?  That depends on what variety of paleo you follow.  In my kitchen, I don't consider alcohol that I cook with to be a problem as the alcohol is cooked off during the cooking.  For me, drinking the wine would be a cheat.  If you are doing a Whole30 or simply don't want to cook with wine, you would need to omit the wine and substitute it with something acceptable to you.  There, problem solved.  

First, preheat your oven.  The prep on this recipe does not take long, so you'll want your oven to be ready.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

SCOBY Watch Part 4: Kombucha Bottling & Tasting!

** Updated 9/19** Please scroll to the bottom for my second batch update.

When I last reported on this ongoing experiment, on September 27, I had put a gallon jar of tea and my homegrown SCOBY in the closet underneath my stairs to ferment. 

The recommended ferment time I've seen is 5-7 days.  At this point, as this is your kombucha, you are basically trying to find a brew time that gets the tea to your desired level of sweetness or lack thereof.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Braised Short Ribs: Food Lovers Kitchen Style

Recently, I had the opportunity to buy a 25 pound share of a grass fed cow through ATX Meat Share.  This group offers shares of grass fed meat from ranchers in the central Texas area.  This particular share was special as it came from a family ranch that doesn't even use pesticides on the grass that their animals graze upon, so this is about as clean of beef as your going to get. You don't get to choose the cuts you get, but there was a good variety in 1 pound increments.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Pork Chops with El Pato Salsa

I was sitting at work this afternoon thinking about what I would have for dinner.  I knew I needed to cook something for the blog, but what?  While looking at Yahoo!,  a video advertising Herdez salsa popped up featuring a recipe with pork chops and salsa verde.  I clicked on the ad and looked at the recipe hoping it would be paleo friendly.  I love salsa verde.

Verde?  That's not green!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tom Kha Gai - Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

Working on my post about broth got me in the mood for soup.  As its hot outside, this Tom Kha Gai from Paleo Comfort Foods looked like a nice light dinner.  I've made this recipe once before and messed up.  It was an innocuous mess up that still made good soup, but I wondered if it could be better.

Monday, September 3, 2012

The Impulse Salmon Fillet Part 1: Simply Grilled Salmon

I really need to be supervised when I go to the grocery store, more specifically, at the meat/seafood counters.  I've tried sticking to a list, but something off the list always makes it into my cart.  This week's off list impulse item:  A Huge Salmon Fillet.  It was on sale and so pretty on ice that I could not leave it at the store.
1.5 pounds of Coho Salmon

The Impulse Salmon Fillet Part 2: Cedar Plank Chipotle Salmon

After the first half of my salmon produced a great result, I had high expectations for the second: Cedar Plank Chipotle Salmon from Paleo Comfort Foods.

Simply Grilled Salmon and Cedar Plank Chipotle Salmon