I frequently find myself looking for different ways to prepare meats. Sometimes it’s as simple as trying a different cooking method with a frequently used cut but recently I have been looking for cuts of meat that I’ve never even cooked before. Cuts like liver, heart, hocks, feet, neck; pretty much as weird as I can possibly get it. Mainly because I don’t really view it as unusual, instead I view it as just another part of the animal. And as far as I’ve experienced, there is no “bad” part of the animal.
I wanted to kick off the New Years and celebrate the upcoming release of my brand new cookbook with a giveaway for you guys who support me so much from the generous people behind Le Creuset. In my kitchen Le Creuset is an absolute staple when it comes to cookware which exactly why I wanted to pay it forward to you guys by giving away a couple of my favorite pieces from them. The two pieces included in this giveaway are a 5.5 quart Round French oven and an 9.5″ stainless steel frying pan.
With the combination of finals for this semester at school, Cross Fit, this blog, and my very first cookbook being published; winter break seems to call for me more and more. Not to say that I don’t enjoy Crossfit, blogging, and cookbook writing/photographing, it just happens to be slightly more of a juggling act when you’re in the middle of finals week in high school. I can’t complain though, it keeps me busy and I absolutely love every bit of it.
Winter has officially hit Texas with complete disregard of the fact that I wear shorts pretty often. Well I did, I’ve been forced to change my habits because of the exceedingly “cool” weather. It’s odd to walk outside on a nice Texas day only to be chilled to the bone with an windy ice blast to the face and bare legs. Yesterday it was actually colder here than in New York so I’m not just being a wimp about it.
So it is with great excitement and pleasure to announce this. I would have never thought when I started this website that it would come to something this great. It all started with a difficult path of being ridiculed, physically harassed and shunned from groups through school and then persevering and losing over 100 pounds. Quickly it flourished into this food blog, a place where I truly felt like I had a voice in the world as a teenager.
I of course had to keep this project a bit of a secret from you guys for a while, but believe me it was torture. I wanted terribly to share it with everyone but I had to contain my excitement and focus on the book. Now I’m incredibly proud to say that The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook is now up for pre-orders and you can reserve your very own copy right here. The book is set to release March 11th 2014 and you can get your copy pre-ordered NOW on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.. There is also an upside to pre-ordering with Amazon which is the fact that you are guaranteed the lowest rate that they will give you when the shipping time comes and they’ll also lower the price as the pre-orders go up. And if that doesn’t get you going you will also have it right in front of your door before many bookstores have it. You can even set it to have release day delivery and have instant delivery gratification.
My cookbook has over 100 recipes that focus on the use of whole food ingredients that appeal to both the experienced and inexperienced in the kitchen. It’s also an amalgamation of my journey and philosophy on eating healthy and food which is a small accompaniment to the many recipes. So if you love to eat, are interested in learning about eating healthier, or just love to cook then this book is definitely for you. Not to mention if you read my blog, or have tried and enjoyed my recipes I have a fairly good feeling you’ll enjoy my cookbook.
Last, but certainly not least, thank YOU guys for being my constant motivation to push myself.
So Thanksgiving is coming up as I’m sure many of you know. As with any get together I have to prepare as many things as I possibly can because that’s just how I get. I am not exactly aware of why I choose to do that to myself but I just like to make a plethora of things for people to taste. I suppose I just like being able to view the response on everyones face even if the expressions are of discomfort.
I used to absolutely detest pickles. When living in California my parents and I would go out to some of the best delis where they always started their meal with a plate of pickles. Almost like a palate cleanser. With the fact that I didn’t like them I of course pushed them away and did not eat them. I never understood why they liked them and would wince at every crunch. Fast forward to my current state of mind and way of eating. Seeing as I pretty much eat every vegetable under the sun (except Kale) now I love pickles. Kind of like a switch went off in my brain.
Something about the refreshing crisp crunch followed by that soothing briny taste that tingles on the tongue is just so enticing to me.
Spelling seems to throw me off quite often when it comes to the spelling a recipe that is regional. Many of these recipes seem to have multiple names which sometimes have a purpose that clarifies specific ingredient usage or something releative to that. Most of the time this is not the case and they just seem to have multiple names specified on location of the region which is when it starts throwing me off.
Is it ganoush, ghanoush, ghannouj, ganush, or ghannoug? I’m sure there are others out there, but I think it’s a little unfair to throw these names out there to someone like me that’s slightly OCD. I might be using the term “slightly” a tad loosely though.
Obviously with my recent post for Homemade Bacon along with this post being stringed together so closely I have been quite in the curing/fermenting mood. I feel like I am kind of finally breaking through that surface of cooking that’s make it even more interesting and attractive rather than mundane or boring. It’s amazing the simplicity behind what you have to do versus the complex order of events that happen while you wait for whatever you’re fermenting or curing.
Before we get started I just wanted to say that I was nominated for Best Up-and-Coming Young Paleo Blogs in Paleo Magazine and would really appreciate it if you took a quick moment and voted for me here. You can also vote for all your other favorites there for best new cookbook and what not so it should be a pretty fun time. There is even a favorite cooking fat vote; I chose ghee but my mom chose butter, needless to say we’re a butter loving family I guess.
Any who, Boeuf Bourguignon or more commonly known as Beef Bourguignon was first introduced to me through the wondrous and amazing cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child. Flipping through many of her recipes you might actually notice how many of her recipes happen to actually be incredibly nourishing and healthy, in fact even Paleo! My assumption is because our wonderful friend Julia actually knew what food is.