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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My New Favorite Thing.

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Dessert, Paleo, recipes | 13 comments

Disclaimer: The following is not a recipe. It’s an idea, open to your creativity, and is a great way to make something amazing out of 2 simple things that you just might have lying around. I heard about this somewhere… Basically, in a food processor (or perhaps Vita-Mix level blender) goes frozen fruit & the cream from the top of the coconut milk. I’m talking about full fat coconut milk here. Please do not buy the low fat kind. Low fat coconut anything to me is the epitome of fail. I cannot wait for the day that it’s the norm to fear sugar, not fat. And by fear, I...

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Red Wine Braised Lamb Shanks

Posted by on Jul 14, 2012 in Dinner, Lamb, Paleo, recipes | 1 comment

Chances are, unless you’re in San Francisco or some other wacky weather land, braising is absolutely out of the question for you. It’s heatwave city out there, from what I hear, and I am not jealous. I have moments where I miss the occasional balmy summer night, don’t get me wrong. But anyone who knows me will attest to the fact that I do not do well in the heat. I think Hunter S. Thomson said it best, while in Vegas: “I’ve never been able to properly explain myself in this climate” Or at least Johhny Depp playing Hunter S. said that. We’re still...

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Raw Cacao Truffles

Posted by on Jan 27, 2012 in Dessert, potluck, recipes | 7 comments

These right here are some no joke chocolate snacks.  And have you ever read through countless bars of dark chocolate looking for one without soy lecithin?  I have.  Without any luck.  (Since I wrote this, I have found a couple of options that are soy lecithin free. One of them is Alter Eco Fair Trade chocolate bars.  Delicious.  Another, which I discovered thanks to The Food Lovers, is ChocoVivo.  I haven’t tried that one yet, but looking at the ingredients, there is no way it isn’t delicious.)  So it is possible to get soy-free chocolate, but still way more fun to create your...

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