Heirloom Tomato Pizza Margherita

Heirloom Tomato Pizza Margherita Via Slim Palate

Before we get started I actually wanted to let everyone know that my cookbook is now available in Costco stores! This is a big deal and the more that they sell the more they will buy, so let’s try to sell out at all of their locations. I have the list of locations at the bottom of this post so please go check that out and get a copy for yourself if you haven’t already or grab one for a friend or family member.

Things have been incredibly busy in my neck of the woods since I’ll be leaving for Europe soon. My girlfriend and I purchased tickets to depart on September 2nd so obviously we are entirely rapturous about the trip. We will be there for about 2 months with a Eurail pass so we aren’t really limited to any locations as long as they are within the confines of Europe.  Actually, if anyone on here lives in Europe and has an extra room, or bed for us to stay for a few days while I’m there I would be incredibly grateful. We might even get a chance to cook a few meals too, just email me at the email on my contact page.


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Giveaway And An Update


Before I get started I just want to let everyone know (and mainly because I’m somewhat proud of myself for finally ending the procrastination cycle) that I’ve moved my email newsletter to a beautiful and much more functional format that everyone can read and you can subscribe here. I highly urge you to subscribe because if you do then you’ll not only get instant updates from my blog but you will automatically be entered in subscriber exclusive contests, deals, etc. If you’re already subscribed, don’t worry, I moved all of my old subscribers over to this new format.

I’ve finally completed my “actual” book tour. I was able to venture back to my birthplace Los Angeles and visited San Francisco for the first time. I am so thankful for the turn outs at both Book Passage and Pages: A Bookstore. So a huge thank you goes out to the store owners and people who came out. But enough of the updates lets cut to the chase and get to what you’re likely here for:

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Finishing Up My Book Tour In California


I hope everyone didn’t think my book tour was over yet. I’m just going to pretend that I didn’t flail my arms in a bout of anxiety trying to contact some last second locations for the tour. I’ll be in California at 2 different locations. On the 19th at 12:30 pm I’ll be in San Francisco at Book Passage at The Ferry Building for a book signing, and on the 25th I’ll be at Pages A book store at 7:00pm with Kelly Brozyna of The Spunky Coconut for a dual book signing. I’m ecstatic that I get to come back to California, the place where I was born. So many memories, friends, and family, and last but not least you guys! Hope to see everyone there!


If you want to know more info about the tour go to my book tour page or click here. And if you’re in the area and are planning on attending please don’t hesitate to share the event with your friends or family members who might be interested as well.

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Yuzu Braised Pulled Pork with Coriander


Just a quick heads up to my friends in California before I continue on with this post. I will be in SF at Book Passage in the Ferry Building on July 19th at 12:30, and in LA at Pages A Book Store at 7:00pm. You can find all of the info here on my book tour page. I cannot wait to go back to where I grew up and really hope to see everyone there. Anyway, enough with my shameless self plugging, onward to the post.


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Caramelized Banana Hazelnut Ice Cream and A Giveaway


Well, I’m just all over the place. First extolling my love for raw milk and now I’m doing a recipe for a dairy free ice cream. Don’t get me wrong I’m still in love with my raw milk. That’s never going to change. I’m even going to share some of my raw milk with the nice folks who created the granilla bar because they’re out of raw milk. No one needs that kind of pain in their life so I’m willing to share some since I have 3 gallons in the fridge right now. I just imagine myself in their place and shudder merely at the thought. One thing to note though is that if I share my raw milk or bacon with you then you are one very lucky person.


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Homemade Chocolate Milk


Woah, woah woah, clearly I’ve gone off the deep end here. Drinking raw milk, and now formulating a chocolate milk recipe, clearly I’m a savage. My stance was stated in one of my last posts, eat whatever you want. And I do, I just make sure that I still feel good after said food is consumed. That is if it’s going to be a regular thing. I always thought that dairy caused problems for me but once I eliminated it for a few months and nothing changed I pretty much assumed that it wasn’t a problem for me, thankfully so.


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Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Fried Sage


Well, I just graduated high school. That’s a big deal right? Woah, wait, let’s stop for a second here and think about that.  Yep, I don’t feel all that different. Actually, I am pretty ecstatic that I no longer have to wake up at 5:40 in the morning to get ready for school.  Plus graduation presents are always nice, not that I would take them for granted or anything. I’m pretty confident that I’m one of the very few teenagers that would get excited over an old weathered coffee table for one of my graduation presents.


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Food; To Each His Own


I was going to have this post be homemade chocolate milk but this couldn’t wait so I postponed that to next week (sorry for those of you who were waiting, it will be posted after this post, I pinky promise).  I was so anxious to get this out that I’m spontaneously writing this the night before my high school graduation, meaning I will be graduating today. There is a lot of noise about gluten-free, Paleo, etc. still going around. And you know what? I’m pretty sick of it. I’m sick of the labeling and I’m sick of the constant biting of each other’s heads off. I don’t want to read an article that frequently uses big words to make their point seem more valid yet it’s ballooned with strong opinions from people fighting for their own biased interests. The point is eat whatever you please.

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Sautéed Radishes With Bacon And Rosemary


There are times that I’m very good at using up all of the food in my fridge before it goes bad and then there are times where the fridge becomes a vegetable graveyard. I try to be as resourceful and waste as little as possible by pickling, fermenting, trying new cooking methods, etc. Once I’ve exausghted all of those options it just becomes a challenge to figure out exactly what’s next. Luckily for me I’m good at trying weird things and cooking radishes was next on the list.

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Flourless Chocolate Torte With Pumpkin Seeds


For mothers day I had planned to make my mom this extravagant and well thought out tasting menu that I had set up for her. The only downside was that I was neglecting the fact that prom weekend was placed right over mothers day (thanks guys). If you know anything about prom weekend, it’s practically impossible to get anything done that isn’t related to Prom. On the bright side I did ask my girlfriend to prom with my chewy dark chocolate chunk cookies with sea salt, which of course she said yes to. You can’t really say no to cookies.


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