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MMM: Making “Meat Dough”

Have you caught the frenzy of March Meatball Madness? (And are you enjoying the equally delicious celebration of Fug Madness? I love Fug Madness!) In this post, I’m going to share the three methods I use to blend what I affectionately call “meat dough,” a.k.a., meat mixed with seasonings that’s then turned into luscious balls of goodness. You can make meat dough with a food... read more

My 15 Most Popular Recipes of 2013

I like to think that all of my recipes are winners because I love them all equally. But my site stats have something to say about that! Here are the 15 most popular recipes on my blog from 2013. Bonus! They’re all 100% paleo and Whole30 approved. And delicious. And winners. 15. Moroccan Meatballs  14. Caramelized Coconut Chips 13. Comfort Noodles 12. Mexican Meatza 11. Bora Bora Fireballs 10. Old... read more

Review: Nom Nom Paleo

(Photo from Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam & Henry Fong/Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC 2013)   I adore the person and the output that is Nom Nom Paleo (a.k.a. Michelle Tam) and her delightful family. As I explained in my Q&A with her a few days ago, after a somewhat inauspicious beginning, we’ve become good friends. And not just because we’re both paleo cooks. It’s because... read more

A Chat With Nom Nom Paleo

It’s no secret that I think Michelle Tam, a.k.a. Nom Nom Paleo, is the cat’s pajamas. We’ve been friends for years now, but we “met” under somewhat odd circumstances. Way back in 2010, when I first started thinking about my first cookbook, I thought I would call it “Paleo Nom Nom.” While doing an internet search to make sure that was a good idea, I found myself... read more

Check In With Breaking Muscle

I’m not exaggerating when I say that Dave, Smudge, and I are giddy — Giddy! — that the official release of Well Fed 2: More Paleo Recipes For People Who Love To Eat is imminent. I find myself in the totally blessed position of having lots of my favorite writers and bloggers ready to review our new book. As the reviews roll in, I’m going to share them with you, along with a little... read more

Review: Carbonell Olive Oil

I have to tell you about Carbonell olive oil — and not just because the company sent me a free bottle. No! I have to tell you about Carbonell olive oil because it is crazy good. First, a confession. I know as a foodie, I’m supposed to take things like choosing an olive oil very seriously, but I’m mostly lazy about stuff like that. I keep a row of oils and flavored vinegars along my... read more

Whole30: Week 1 Food Plan

I really don’t understand meal plans. I mean, conceptually, I get it. When you’re starting a new eating plan, an expert tells you exactly what to eat and when to make it a little easier. But practically speaking, it makes no sense to me. WHAT IF I DON’T WANT TO EAT SALMON ON MONDAY?! However, I understand the desire to have a more concrete plan than “eat clean food,”... read more

Fave Things: Hilah’s Texas Kitchen

I’ve gushed to you about my ridiculously awesome pal Hilah Johnson before — when she and I cooked up some vampire fighting pork stew for Halloween and when she released her adorably helpful cookbook Learn To Cook. If she wasn’t so smart and funny and completely endearing, she would be totally annoying because she is a dynamo that is always up to something cool. Her latest adventure — with... read more

Review & Giveaway: Beyond Bacon

Let’s just say it right up front: piggies are really cute, and piggies are really, really delicious. No one knows that better than Stacy Toth and Matthew McCarry, a.k.a., the Paleo Parents and authors of both  Eat Like a Dinosaur (which I previously reviewed) and the beautiful new paleo cookbook Beyond Bacon: Paleo Recipes that Respect the Whole Hog. Beyond Bacon encourages us to Praise the Lard!... read more

Spice World

Not this one: This one: If you’ve cooked recipes from my blog or my cookbook Well Fed, you know I’m quite smitten with spices. Where would we be without Ras el Hanout, Turkish Baharat, Kebab Spice Mix, and Rogan Josh?! I’ve written extensively about my spice collection, weighed in on herbs vs. spices, shared my pilgrimages to Penzeys and the Savory Spice Shop, and declare proudly... read more

Favorite Things: Bar Towels

When I took the knife skills class at Whole Foods last year, I picked up a bunch of new good better habits (Confession: I’m still lazy about keeping my knife sharp. Terrible!) and added a few essentials to my kitchen arsenal, including a massive cutting board that I leave on my countertop at all times, a knife sharpener (ahem), and — perhaps the least sexy but surely my favorite purchase — a... read more

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