Dinner

90 minute Kalua Pork

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015 in Dinner, pork | 1 comment

90 minute Kalua Pork

Tender, fatty, fall apart pork shoulder is one of life’s true treasures. (Am I being dramatic?) The general rule with meat cuts is: the tougher the muscle, the more dynamic the flavor. A filet mignon is tender, sure, but is it interesting? No, not really. It’s the muscles that actually get used by the animal that have the most flavor. But the tenderness needs to be coaxed out. Traditionally, this is done with low, slow cooking. But what about those of us who are impatient? (me!) What if we don’t plan ahead and want dinner TODAY? (also me!) Well. There’s a solution for...

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Pork “Larb” with Sesame Cucumber Salad

Posted by on Jan 17, 2015 in Appetizers, Dinner, pork, potluck | 0 comments

Pork “Larb” with Sesame Cucumber Salad

  The other day, I had a recipe fail that turned into a delicious dinner. I love when that happens. The attempted recipe was for potstickers, the wrappers for which I was trying to make with Ottos Naturals cassava flour. I’ve found that cassava flour works great as a 1:1 sub in so many recipes, so I had expectations of a one try recipe success. Sometimes I’m overly-confident / hopeful about these things. I bet with a few more trials, I’d get it right. But after three or four, I decided to call it a day and cook up the remaining potsticker filling for dinner that night....

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Yiddish Kitchen: Grain-Free Jewish Recipes for the Holidays and Everyday

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Dinner | 8 comments

Yiddish Kitchen: Grain-Free Jewish Recipes for the Holidays and Everyday

I’m so excited I could plotz! The project that Jennifer of Predominantly Paleo and I have been working on is finally available for pre-order! For months now, Jen and I have been kvetching about how much we miss our childhood favorites; the dishes that our mothers, grandmothers and great grandmothers used to make. Since we both come from Jewish homes and are both in the recipe development business, it only made sense for us to be the ones to do something about the lack of Jewish Paleo recipes out there. So we did, and are so happy to be able to share it with you. Yiddish Kitchen:...

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The Zenbelly Cookbook Review Roundup #1

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Dinner | 2 comments

The Zenbelly Cookbook Review Roundup #1

It’s been just over two weeks that my little book baby has been out in the big scary world, and I’m thrilled with the reception it’s gotten! I’ve rounded up the reviews that have come in so far, so you can take a look at what people are saying. There might even be a giveaway or two among them The Book Binder’s Daughter found out about The Zenbelly Cookbook from the US Wellness Meats newsletter, and has made three dishes from the book so far, and they were a hit with her and her husband. See what she made here. Paleo Living Magazine especially loves the...

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The Zenbelly Cookbook – RELEASE DAY & a chance to win stuff!

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Dinner | 7 comments

Well friends, it’s been a long haul, and the day is finally here. The Zenbelly Cookbook is officially on shelves, and being shipped to your doorstep today! To celebrate the launch of my very first cookbook, I’ve partnered up with Le Creuset to give away a 5.5 quart round French oven, which happens to be one of my most favorite pieces of cookware. I use it ALL THE TIME. For a chance to enter, visit the giveaway page. *queue obnoxious infomercial voice* BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!  IF YOU ACT NOW, YOU HAVE THE CHANCE TO WIN! EVEN! MORE! STUFF! Check it out: Barnes and Noble will be...

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Entertaining Made Easy: How To Be A Guest At Your Own Party

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Adventures in Catering, Dinner, entertaining, recipes | 0 comments

Entertaining Made Easy: How To Be A Guest At Your Own Party

  Eating fantastic food with your nearest and dearest is one of life’s true treasures, if you ask me. Here’s how to make that experience as stress-free as possible. In my new book, The Zenbelly Cookbook, an epicurean’s guide to paleo cuisine, I share some of my favorite party menus, including one that can be almost entirely made ahead, so you can be a guest at your own party! Here are my top tips for easy entertaining, brought to you by my many years in the food business.   First things first: Have a plan.   Start with the basics. It’s important to be...

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Free eBook: Essentials

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