Dec 11, 2012
Way back in the day, when we lived on a houseboat in Sausalito, I had more time than money, so I made gifts from my kitchen from this Williams-Sonoma book. I made Spiced Nuts and Fancy Olives and buttery shortbread and pine nut brittle and chewy caramels. I wrapped everything in clear cellophane and tied it with curly ribbon. I stamped brown paper lunch bags with silver snowflakes and stuffed them full of...
Nov 20, 2012
Our Thanksgiving traditions including watching Thanksgiving movies — specifically Home For The Holidays and Planes, Trains and Automobiles — that make me laugh ’til my face hurts, then hit me with the big, emotional wrap-up that makes me cry. I cannot get enough.
Here, in case you need to get in the mood…
The trailer for Home For The Holidays which includes hints of some of my favorite...
Nov 13, 2012
I feel like I need to apologize to broccoli.
Whenever I do one of my presentations on Paleo (like this one in Estes Park), the example I use for my soul-sucking, pre-Paleo food is always “chicken breast with steamed broccoli.”
When I was a “dieter,” I ate a lot of chicken breast and broccoli. I mean: a lot. Like, truckloads full. I distinctly remember asking a sales clerk once if a...
Nov 7, 2012
As I mentioned the other day, Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. And although I love the exotic flavors (and taste bud travel) of international cuisine, I like my Thanksgiving dishes to be pretty straight-forward. We enjoy some long-standing traditions in my family (as a Taurus, I am steadfast in my devotion to them), and even though I eat sweet potatoes almost every day now, the flavors of Thanksgiving...
Oct 23, 2012
I don’t usually wear a costume on Halloween (because in my world, every day is dress-up day), but I do love to think about zombies and vampires and demons from Hell — and daydream about the (delicious) crappy candy I won’t be eating. Thanks to Hilah, I had Bram Stoker’s Dracula (the book, not the movie) and The Historian on my mind for a few days, and Richard Kadrey’s Sandman...
Oct 9, 2012
One of the questions I’m asked fairly often is where I find inspiration for my recipes. Mostly, I let my appetite and my imagination take the lead: reading Jane Eyre makes me hungry for lamb stews and The Historian makes me crave Turkish food. Daydreaming about Prague inspired Czech Meatballs, and a particularly large bunch of collard greens were the catalyst for a new greens recipe.
Sep 25, 2012
Here’s an insider secret for you: I don’t have a fancy, pro-level kitchen. Our cute little house was originally intended to be a rental property, so the applicances are bottom-of-the-line. Both our gas stove/oven and refrigerator successfully fulfill their functions — making things hot and keeping them cool, as required — but they would not appear in anyone’s dream kitchen. Add to...
Sep 11, 2012
Why is thinner better?
I’ve been asking myself that question for months, as I struggle with the realization that since I had my thyroid removed in 2008, I’ve gained 17 pounds of fat — despite the fact that I eat very clean paleo 90% of the time, sleep 8-9 hours per night, was devoted to CrossFit and strength training, and recently found the bliss of yoga, meditation, and good, old-fashioned...
Aug 21, 2012
Despite my best intentions, I have a well-documented inability to resist a handful of things that are potentially embarrassing and may be of somewhat questionable quality. At our house, we call this “having a problem,” as in “I have a well-known whipped cream problem.”
In no particular order, the main offenders are:
an open bag of Baked Lay’s
a twisty, windy...
Jul 31, 2012
Oh, the bunless burger! It’s the safe refuge of the paleo eater in a non-paleo world. From low-rent burger joints to higher-end restaurants, you can almost always find a variation of meat-and-veg in the shape of a burger without a bun.
A humble meat patty can save you from a meal-related meltdown at home, too.
I almost always have a pound of grass-fed ground beef defrosting or already defrosted in...
Jul 24, 2012
The Olympics are coming! And as I confessed in my previous Tuesday 10 devoted to the Olympics — which you can read right here — it’s practically a holiday around our house. Or a quarantine ward because we catch serious Olympics Fever. Dave, Smudge, and I have a date to watch the opening ceremonies on Friday, and we’re having a British food viewing party. (Recipes coming this week in case...