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Roasted Root Vegetables

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When I was planning my cookbooks release party that happened a little while back I had to organize a menu for what we were eating. The up side of doing that was that I was able to satisfy the control freak in me and have everything that I wanted served to be there. But of course the down side was a massive amount of work added to the many deadlines that come with planning any sort of thing. Then again it could just be me being a terrible planner, I’m good at putting things of until the very last second.

Roots

One of the  many dishes that I had prepared for the party were these root vegetables. We utilized only seasonal and local root vegetables from a local farm that’s nearby my favorite farm Yonder Way Farm. To my surprise people kept coming up to me asking me to clarify wether or not there were beets inside the root vegetables because they “hated beets but loved these”. Well folks, that’s the magic behind roasting vegetables. The outcome is a sweeter, slightly nutty tasting, and far more deeply flavored morsel; or more specifically, root.

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An interesting thing to note is that everyone thought the recipe I had generalized for the catering company Royers was super simplistic yet everyone thought it was some sort of elaborate concoction. It really is quite wonderful to let beauty through simplicity shine by using fresh local vegetables. I also love how they get a little tie dye colored due to getting stained by the rich red from the beets. Although they make your cutting board look like a murder scene they tend to make other vegetables look quite pretty as long as you aren’t too violent with your mixing.

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Roasted Root Vegetables
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Serves: 4-5
A simple and easy root vegetable medley roasted to tender and sweet perfection.
Ingredients
  • 7 large carrots sliced at a diagonal
  • 2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 medium sized beets cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 3 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh rosemary chopped
  • ½ tablespoon fresh thyme chopped
  • ¼ cup butter or lard, melted (really you can use any cooking fat you want here, these are just my two personal favorites to use in this)
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit and line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
  2. In a large bowl add the carrots, sweet potatoes, and beets. Add the garlic, rosemary, and thyme, then pour over the melted butter or lard or fat of choice. Season with salt and pepper and toss well to coat.
  3. Spread the root vegetables over the foil lined baking sheet so they are in a single layer and place in the oven for 40-45 minutes or until tender and lightly caramelized on the outside, shaking the tray and tossing them around a couple of time to ensure even cooking. Optionally, you can broil them for about 3-4 minutes after their done to get some extra caramelization on the outside of them.
Notes
These go wonderfully as a side served with a salad or just about anything!

 

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Chewy Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies With Sea Salt

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I have had a problem lately. An obsession really. Cookies; I try to stop thinking about them but then they just keep coming back to me, calling my name. Maybe it’s all of the planning and work on my cookbook getting to me but even so, this is a really unusual thing for me. I don’t typically dive into the sweets or really think about them that often because I’m more of a savory guy. Even if I do get the hankering for something sweet I’m usually just fine with something as small and simple as a spoon full of coconut butter.

With that said, I also endorse listening to your body. In this case, my body wanted cookies, therefore I listened. That’s as scientific as I need to get about that because you just don’t question cookies. Actually this might be very bad advice for some people.

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Homemade Ricotta

Homemade Ricotta from Slim PalateI feel that right off the bat this post is going to start a debate about whether or not dairy is okay. Look here, if you’re dairy intolerant in any way then I totally understand if it doesn’t appeal to you. While there is a large group of people that are dairy intolerant I am fairly sure that there is a good amount of people who can tolerate it as well. I fall into the category that can tolerate it.  I don’t need to be chastised about my choices here especially since I have the rest of my eating under control and I focus only consuming grass-fed, and raw dairy. Plus it tastes oh so good and life without butter, cream, yogurt, and the various other dairy delights is not a life for me; again with exception to those who are intolerant.

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How To Render Lard

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Well these past few weeks have just been awfwonderful. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, that’s not a word. But you have to understand, the only way I could explain my feelings was simply to create a new one. Since I am the creator of this word I suppose I have to define it. Basically it’s when the majority of something that you do is so wonderful yet so crazy that you can’t decide whether you’re enjoying it or going moderately insane.

So far I’ve done two of my locations for my book tour and they went great but the planning for the rest is a bit sporadic. I’m working my hardest to contact the places that I want to go to but not all of them like to reply to me. I don’t take it personally, it’s just one of those predicaments you get set in whenever you email someone and cannot email anyone else about that subject until you get a response from the first person you emailed; which you have no clue whether or not they ever will. I didn’t know that send button could be so evil.

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Praise Roundup For My Cookbook

Please give Slim Palate reviews on his recently released cookbook

Since my cookbook released it has been quite hectic lately. In both a good and bad way, I never knew I could be this busy at 18 years old! Nonetheless It’s a completely surreal experience especially with me going on my book tour now! I’m starting this saturday so come see me March 22nd. I’ll be at Corner Table for a signing so be sure to check out the Eventbrite page to RSVP for that!

In addition to all of these wonderful things happening I’ve also had some people blogging and giving me praise for my book already and I’m humbled by the response so far. By the way, if you have gotten a book from me I would really be grateful if you could leave me a review on Amazon letting me know what you think because reviews within the first week is critical to how the book does and I want to see what everyone is thinking. Anyway, without any more side tracks, here are some of the different posts and reviews of my book so far.

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The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook Tour

Joshua Weissman of Slim Palate is going on a book tour for his new newly released cookbook!So I just recently had the release party for my cookbook  and it was a total blast , even though the weather had us make some last second venue changes. Now, just because the release party is over with doesn’t mean that’s the end of the fun, in fact it’s only just beginning. I’m now going on a book tour thanks to all of the wonderfully generous people who contributed to the Indiegogo campaign I put up (thank you guys so much!!!). I’ll be starting the tour off in Texas in various cities such as Houston, Austin and Dallas. I’ll also be touring, the East Coast, and cities in California.

I know that this is a fraction of this country but I’m also planning on touring areas such as Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Illinois. Who knows, in the future I may even stop by Canada or Australia!

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Salted Caramel Drenched Coffee-Double Chocolate Cake And A Celebration

Salted-Caramel-Drenched-Coffee-Double-Chocolate-CakeToday is a huge day for me. Mainly because my cookbook releases today and it feels completely surreal. I went from being overweight and depressed, then I lost more than 100 pounds with real food, started this blog and received a bunch of love from you wonderful people, and then wrote a cookbook. Now I’m trying to contain my excitement. Actually that’s not true at all, I’m not containing my excitement very well. I am posting this preposterous celebratory cake recipe in excitement. Sometimes you just have to shout it on the top of a mountain. I just to prefer to shout mine with chocolate cake muffling the sound of my voice, ironically.

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Cookbook Release Celebration Giveaways

Cookbook-release-GiveawaysSo my cookbook’s release is almost here, in fact it’s only 6 more days from today! Before I get to my explanation I also wanted to say that I will be having a book release party just outside of Houston Texas and you can get Tickets for it NOW on the Eventbrite page here. Anyway, I’m so ecstatic about it that I cannot contain myself and felt the need to do a series of giveaways leading up to it’s release day on March 11th, 2014 to celebrate.

Starting today there will be a new giveaway every day for 5 days up until March 10th, exactly 1 day from my cookbooks release. Anyone living in the US may participate but some of these prizes cannot ship outside of the US.  In order to enter simply choose the giveaway you want to enter in below.

 Note: You can enter all of these giveaways, they will all become available to enter in as the days progress and will all end at the same time.

Click the one you want to enter in below: 

Day 1

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Day 4

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Why I Wrote The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook And A Project

So as some of you may have seen, I recently uploaded a promo video for my cookbook The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook. First off, I simply cannot thank you guys enough for you endless support. I’m absolutely floored by the heartwarming responses I’ve gotten to the video. Because I got such a wonderful response on that I decided that I would share my reasoning behind writing my book if you didn’t know already. While I was going to write up a post about it, I thought that showing the video actually does a much better job of explaining exactly why I wrote my cookbook than a wall of text.

Please help fund Slim Palate to come out to requested locations for book signings and meeting everyone.

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Egg Foo Young

Egg-Foo-Young-From-Slim-PalateI realize that this recipe has somewhat of an odd name, but fear not as the name doesn’t imply anything unusual at all. In fact the recipe utilizes quite common ingredients other than the fact that it has fish sauce in it, but I’m hoping you have some because if you don’t then you are missing one of the keys to happiness. I promise you fish sauce is like a magic elixir that makes all things umami packed and delicious. Just make sure you find a quality brand like Red Boat who’s ingredients consist of only 2 things; wild caught anchovy and sea salt.

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