OMFG – Met “Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations”, George Bryant

So I cyber stalk some foodie bloggers, don’t act like you don’t too! That’s what their blogs are there for anyway lol I have followed  Civilized Caveman Cooking for a few months now. So when George posted on Facebook that he was going to host a cooking demo in Temecula at Williams Sonoma, I was on that shit right away!

George made his amazing Paleo Banana Bread! I got to help because, well, you know, I’m not shy in the least lol so when asked for volunteers, I may be short but my hand is raised the highest 🙂 He made several variations to this base recipe. We sampled chocolate blueberry (my favorite of the night), pumpkin pecan (really tastes like pumpkin pie), and he also made a chocolate marble mix.

This dude is so down-to-earth and incredibly warm-hearted that it really felt like you were cooking with him in his kitchen.  George shared some very personal things about his journey to Paleo; one in particular which resonated tremendously with me (there will be a future post about this!).  He shared a wealth of information on local, organic, non-GMO farms. We are super excited to take a tour of Cooks Pig Ranch on June 29th, all because of his info share. Mike and Krys’ story is so incredible; from what I understand she has kept the business growing and thriving while he was deployed! We also learned of Primal Pastures, a local source for pasture raised, free range, organic chickens. In the midst of our demo were several local business owners, like the owner of a macadamia nut farm in Fallbrook! Darn, I didn’t catch the name of the business (bad blogger, I know!) but I will find out about this gem and update this post.

Another thing George shared with us is his effort to make a difference, and help save the life of Mike O’Brien. Mike is a 29 year young man who was born with a congenital heart defect and is in need of a heart transplant.  George doesn’t know Mike from Adam, but HIS huge heart has lead to this amazing initiative to help Mike live, and help him fund his journey to obtaining his new heart, and sustaining it. George told us something like Mike can’t even get on the donor list until he can prove that he can afford all the meds, and care, he will need AFTER the transplant. I am fucking floored by this! I mean, we give kidney’s and all sorts of shit to elderly people who have ravaged their bodies from ailments like diabetes, etc., and what’s the prognosis there? Another 5-10 years for them? Are you kidding me??? This is a YOUNG man!!! You can read all about George’s efforts in his blog here, Do you have a Paleo heart?, and learn about Mike’s story here, Man Survives Childhood Heart Defect, Seeks Transplant. If you can find it in your heart to make lunch this week, instead of buying it, or cut some other cost to help Mike, I urge you to donate anything you can! But please, at least share these links somewhere, Pinterest/Twitter/Facebook, ANYWHERE! There is strength in numbers! And you’re probably bullshitting on line anyway…do something that can make a difference!

Here is the Civilized Caveman – Facebook page.

Here are my pics from the night

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My friend Nancy (who is a great source of support) and I with George 🙂

Xo,

TJ

“The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking”, Bill Staley & Hayley Mason

Sadly, this is not an OMFG – Blogger Stalking post lol. BUT I did win a contest by knowing probably way too much about Bill & Hayley, which garnered me a lovely preview of their new book “The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking”. You can find their super awesome site, where you will find their blog and tons of recipes, here: The Food Lovers’ Kitchen – Primal Palate. Here is their Facebook page:  The Food Lovers’ Primal Palate – Facebook page!

My wife tells me that when I get my mind wrapped around something, it’s full steam ahead. And that yes, I am a bit of a stalker…sooooo, yea! I peruse Paleo blogs and absorb a shit load pretty consistently.

Bill & Hayley were my first foodie blog introduction into Paleo. I fell in love with their first book Make it Paleo (click the titles to link to Amazon). Their second book, Gather, the Art of Paleo Entertaining, which just hit the shelves in April (I believe), is absolutely beautiful! I love having this book as a reference for entertaining!

This last book, which debuted on June 11th,  The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking: Entire Month of Paleo Meals, is incredible. 75 new recipes and there is a picture for EVERY RECIPE! This is important people! All their books feature a picture of the dish, which I am sure is no easy fete. There is a ton of love poured into these pages! This book should be your let’s-get-started-on-this-paleo-shiznit reference guide. They pack a lot of education here, as well as easy meal planning suggestions, by week, with a tear-out shopping list for each week! Say what? Seriously stupid easy to follow. You cannot fail here!

I made a variation of their breakfast recipe for “Broccoli Casserole”. Instead of using white mushrooms as the recipe called for, I used left over mushroom Marsala from my own steak topping recipe. It already had thyme, garlic & butter in it. I also added tomatoes to the top of it.

Thank you so very much Bill & Hayley! You are a constant source of inspiration in this kitchen 🙂

Here are my pics:

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Before baking!

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Served up deliciousness!

Xo,

TJ

Roasted Cauliflower & Brown Butter Sage Pork

I am lovin’ me some cauliflower lately. It is really much more versatile than I have given it credit for.

This recipe came from a quick, last minute, internet search before I left work, trying to throw together an idea before I got home.

Here is the recipe source: Inside a British Mum’s Kitchen, Pork Chops in Brown Butter with Crispy Sage Leaves from the Garden

I used what I had…which was a pork loin that I cut into medallions. I roasted the cauliflower by placing a piece of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and brushing it with some duck fat. Cut up a whole head of cauliflower into bite sized pieces. Lay the cut side flat on the baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with some salt and pepper, then brush some more duck fat over the pieces. Bake on 400 for 20 minutes or so. I like mine really crispy, nearly burnt, so baking time is a personal preference here; just keep an eye on it.

I didn’t follow the British Mum’s recipe to a tee.  I omitted the fennel seeds and white wine.

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Before 🙂

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After 🙂

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Seasoned and ready to cook!

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Cooking in the deliciousness that is butter!

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All done!

Xo,

TJ

Mushroom Marsala Steak Topping

Oh my yum…this recipe I’m about to share is simple and ridiculously delicious. It’s a mushroom, parsley, garlic, with marsala wine, explosion in your mouth lol We use it to top our steaks when we need a little something extra.

Here’s the recipe; remember that I don’t cook exact when making meals (baking is another thing all together, I am baking’s bitch lol) I tried to put measurements to what I throw together:

2 tablespoons of rendered duck fat

1 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

3 tablespoons of butter

4 cloves of fresh minced garlic

1 pound fresh mushrooms

3 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley

2 teaspoons of dried thyme

1 cup of dry Marsala wine

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this is the duck fat I use 🙂

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Saute mushrooms in duck fat

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Add wine then spices and herbs

Add butter and cook down

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DELICIOUS over steak 🙂

Thinking about going full paleo….

While I’m cutting out gluten, and we have officially broken up, I’m still feeling rundown and crappy most days.  I wake up incredibly tired, with aches and pains.  I don’t have my arms falling asleep every night but I still have a very restless experience, relying on Ambien most nights. I sit my fat ass in a chair at the computer all day for work. I just feel dumpy, lethargic, slow, no energy and sucky most days.

Yesterday I was all over the Paleo Parents blog.  Stacy freakin’ rocks! What an inspiration! She put it all out there…and I mean ALL lol. It’s really funny how we chose to see ourselves and those close to us. I was going through Stacy’s blog post with my wife and I said “I look like that! My belly hangs like that!” and her response was complete denial of this fact. Granted, I’m only 167 lbs, but I have a gut, I’m only 5 feet tall. Most of my friends have one too and we have ALL struggled to get healthier. Getting healthier cannot only mean eating right. I have hidden behind this for too long; so have my friends. You have to have some level of physical exertion + eating better to be successful. Especially when you weigh as much as I have in the past (240 at my highest), and do now, and as much as many around me do!  We are ALL in denial on some level. Stacy fucking did it! And she was 336 lbs when she started…and now she looks amazing but more importantly she FEELS amazing!

The running joke is that I am allergic to the e word…exercise lol. Well, guess what? In order to FEEL better part of what I have to do is get off my lazy, fat ass and just do the damn thing.  Don’t get offended that I call myself a fat ass! It’s TRUTH! Remember, I don’t coddle! Not even with myself…a spade is a spade is a spade. If you complain to me, I will tell it like it is.  My main intention is to FEEL GREAT most days. By doing so I know I will lose weight in the process…it’s common sense.

I know that I have emotional highs from eating sugar and carbs. It’s like a drug…I guess from everything I have read, it really IS a drug to our bodies and minds. I am addicted to Coke Zero. I call it crack in a can, SMH. I go days without drinking water sometimes…so gross, right? So I know purging and detoxing this stuff is going to be necessary at some point in this process. I’m just not looking forward to the withdrawal 😦

What prompted all this BEFORE I obsessed about and aptly stalked the Paleo Parents blog? Well, we try to eat “paleo like” quite often. If I could just get over my fucking bread obsession we’d be pretty successful at it, I think.  Sunday’s dinner consisted of a great steak, grilled with scallions. Simple! It’s one of our favorite go to meals.

I let the steaks come to room temp, drizzle a little coconut oil on them, season with garlic, black pepper, sea salt, paprika, white pepper, and ground mustard, and we grill them, depending on how thick, for about 5 minutes a side. Wonderfully medium 🙂 The grilled scallions are seasoned with a little salt and pepper.

Here are some pics:

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I think we can do this paleo stuff and be successful!  I need to remind myself to take baby steps so I don’t set myself up for failure. I will make that damn white bread first however!

Xo,

TJ