Thursday, February 20, 2014

Hearty Spinach Beef Frittata by Stupid Easy Paleo

I've never actually made a frittata before making this Hearty Spinach Beef Frittata from Stupid Easy Paleo.  Why?  Probably fear of learning that my cast iron skillet's seasoning wasn't up to snuff.  For a long period of time, I made some egg muffins in silicone muffin cups, but never in metal pan.  I've read many articles and watched many videos about seasoning cast iron and have seasoned mine as best I can, but I still feel that it's deficient as the surface doesn't appear as smooth as those I see on other blogs. My confidence was further brought down after I had to start over with seasoning after I made a very acidic dish in it (Don't do that!)  This frittata would put my re-seasoned skillet to the test.  

After gathering my ingredients and turning the oven on to pre-heat, I started by slicing the mushrooms.   The recipe calls for 4 ounces of shiitake mushrooms.  For me this was 6 mushrooms.  I had already diced a bunch of onions for use over the week, so I only had to measure them.  The recipe calls for 1 small onion so I measured out 1/2 cup of my pre-diced.  

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Fat Works Leaf Lard & Pure Tallow

A few months ago during my Autoimmune Paleo experiment, I was looking for safe alternative cooking fats.  As I read Mickey Trescott's Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook, she recommended lard and tallow as AIP friendly alternatives.  Having been around paleo a while, I know that the key with animal fat is that it come from pastured/grass fed animals.  So, after searching the internet a bit, I came across Fatworks.    They have three products,  Pure Tallow, Leaf Lard, and Duck Fat.  

Why Fatworks?  Well they use fats only from 100% grass fed or 100% free range pasture raised animals.  The animals are also hormone and antibiotic free.  When I asked for a little more info about the company, my contact, with the title Fatworker, said they best sum themselves up with this facebook post.  Fatworks does one thing- they produce high quality cooking fats using the highest quality ingredients. 

I reached out to them and they graciously sent me a jar of the Pure Tallow and Leaf Lard.  I'm continuing to cook with these but I think I've used them enough to share my experience here.  

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Butter Garlic Wings from Food Lover's Kitchen

I'm always looking for a new chicken wing recipe.  This recipe for Butter Garlic Wings from Food Lover's Kitchen has been out for a while, but its new to me.  I was flipping through Make it Paleo and decided it was high time I try them.  

There weren't many ingredients for the wings.  

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Paleo Pot Roast from Paleo Porn

You know how much I love my slow cooker.  I'm becoming increasingly confident in my ability to convert oven recipes to slow cooker recipes and decided to do so with this Paleo Pot Roast recipe from Paleo Porn.  What a blog title.  I wanted to try this as it used some interesting ingredients and I wanted something different form the usual pot roast.  

I gathered my ingredients, and got to work.  

I followed the recipe instructions up until it calls for you to put it in the oven.  I browned the roast on all sides and then removed it from the pan.  

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Tendergrass Farms Grass Fed Beef & Pastured Pork, Chicken and Turkey (T-Shirt Giveaway!)

Back in September, when I went to the Save Your Bacon event in Staunton, Virginia, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Tendergrass Farms and, founding farmers, David & Ann Maren.  

David and Ann Maren

At the breakfast on day two of the event, some of their pork sausage was served, and my life was changed.  This was the best breakfast port sausage I've ever had.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sunday Sirloin Stew by Stir It Up

I really am trying to make an effort to cook through the meat I have in my freezer.  I had quite a bit of sirloin steak to cook and my internet searching brought me to this Sunday Sirloin Stew from Stir It Up Me.  I ignored all the talk of brownies at the top of the stew recipe post gathered my ingredients.  I had enough beef to make a double recipe.  

The weekend I made this I had found some awesome green beans at the farmers' market and decided to add them to the stew.  I know from adding them to Paleo Comfort Foods Beef Stew that I like the texture of green beans in stew.  Look at how pretty these beans were.