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The Zenbelly Cookbook Sneak Peek: Paleo Breadsticks

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Appetizers, breads & muffins, grain-free, holiday, Snacks | 20 comments

The Zenbelly Cookbook Sneak Peek: Paleo Breadsticks

For more great recipes like this, check out The Zenbelly Cookbook, an epicurean’s guide to paleo cuisine To celebrate the release of my very first cookbook, I will be sharing a recipe from it every week, so you get a sneak peek of what’s to come! And if you’re already excited, you can, of course preorder it HERE. You’re likely to get a lower price if you preorder, and it will be on your doorstep on AUGUST 12TH! What can you expect from The Zenbelly Cookbook, you ask? Good question! Here are the things I’m most excited about: How To’s The beginning pages...

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bacon wrapped sweet potato bites

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Appetizers, potluck, Snacks | 9 comments

bacon wrapped sweet potato bites

Earlier this month, I had the honor of catering the Food For Humans book release party. The event started late morning, so a brunch menu was in order. I was going to need a lot of bacon. Enter US Wellness Meats, who was beyond generous and donated enough of their fabulous beef and pork bacon to feed 200 hungry Nom Nom Paleo fans. My prediction for Sunday’s big game? These will get snatched up faster than you can put them on platters and stab them with toothpicks. Bacon Wrapped Sweet Potato Bites with Guacamole makes 50-65 bites 2 sweet potatoes, about 1 1/2 pounds total 2 pounds bacon...

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latkes

Posted by on Nov 12, 2013 in Appetizers, Vegetables, Vegetarian | 19 comments

latkes

Every time I make latkes (which is much more often than once a year, due to catering) I get this song stuck in my head. And now, you can too! You’re welcome / I’m sorry.   The first time I ever heard that song was on my second date with Simon, when for some reason I can’t now remember, he sang it to me. Clearly at that moment,  I knew he was the one. And if you’re wondering whether or not potatoes are paleo: At the risk of sounding like a total jerk, I just don’t have time. Seriously, I need about 72 hours in each day this month. But let me google that for...

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Smoked Squash Hummus

Posted by on Oct 25, 2013 in Appetizers, Paleo, Snacks, vegan, Vegetarian | 9 comments

Smoked Squash Hummus

This recipe is part of my review of the Blendtec Designer Series Blender with Twister Jar. To enter to win one for yourself, click the image below! I can’t take credit for the genius of this recipe. I found my inspiration for it in Where There’s Smoke by Barton Seaver. The original recipe calls for cooking the squash in a bed of hot embers, which sounds downright dreamy. But I recognize that not everyone has hot embers at their disposal, so this method might not be practical for all. If you do, please go make the recipe exactly as he wrote it. Skip the baguette, obviously, but if...

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roasted butternut squash soup

Posted by on Oct 22, 2013 in Appetizers, soup, Vegetables | 7 comments

roasted butternut squash soup

 This recipe is part of my review of the Blentec Designer Series blender. Click the image below to enter! This simple recipe is a perfect example of how the techniques you use can make a world of difference in the finished product. If you were to take all of the ingredients in this recipe, throw them in a pot and boil them, you would still have butternut squash soup. It would still be orange and creamy and comforting. But when you roast all of the ingredients until they’re caramelized and tender, and then puree them with the broth, you have something that’s on a whole different...

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Ginger Scallion Pork Meatballs (Guest Post at Paleo Parents)

Posted by on Jun 24, 2013 in 21DSD, Appetizers, Dinner, Paleo, pork, potluck, Whole 30 | 11 comments

Ginger Scallion Pork Meatballs (Guest Post at Paleo Parents)

If meatballs wore hats, these would wear many. This is one of those recipes that you can pull out at the last minute and whip up for lunch, dinner, a snack, or as hors d’oeuvres. My favorite kind of recipe is one that has big flavor with just a few ingredients. Bonus for minimal time spent. Double bonus for versatility. This recipe gets check marks for all of the above! Are you still picturing a meatball wearing a fedora? In all seriousness though, these have made an appearance at many parties that I’ve catered, and they’re always a hit. They are the perfect small bite....

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