Shmooper’s Top 10

Carrot Cake (aka birthday cake for weirdos who don’t prefer chocolate cake.)

Posted by on Apr 27, 2013 in Dessert, grain-free, Shmooper's Top 10, Vegetarian | 5 comments

Carrot Cake (aka birthday cake for weirdos who don’t prefer chocolate cake.)

My boyfriend is one of those weirdos. His birthday is a week from today, and it’s the big 4-0. I’ve made his birthday cake for the past 4 or 5 years, but haven’t had a tried and true recipe, so they’ve been different every year. The first year was a gluten-bomb, since I hadn’t yet eliminated the stuff from my life. 2012 was Elana’s recipe (with some substitutions for agave and grapeseed oil), and it was delicious. The years in between were likely some kind of transition from gluten bomb to grain-free. This year I decided to develop my own recipe with the...

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Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut-Free Satay Sauce

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in 21DSD, Appetizers, Chicken, Dinner, Paleo, potluck, Shmooper's Top 10, Whole 30 | 22 comments

Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut-Free Satay Sauce

It is very rare that you’ll find me in a woe-is-me state of mind in regards to food. I see the fact that I can’t eat gluten as somewhat of a blessing in disguise; it’s what led me to better health, and eventually to a mostly paleo diet, which led to even better health. As I state in The Paleo Miracle, I was never really sick or overweight. I was just unwell. Constant headaches, brain fog, lethargy, skin issues and mild depression were all a part of my “normal”. Changing my diet to correct all of those things is really a small price to pay, especially considering...

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Indian Spiced Grilled Lamb Chops

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in Dinner, Lamb, primal, Shmooper's Top 10 | 2 comments

Indian Spiced Grilled Lamb Chops

I can’t remember the first year that my mom made grilled lamb chops for Passover, but I definitely can’t remember anything else ever being in the center of the table. As I mentioned in my post about brisket, there would be certain mutiny if she tried to swap out these chops for anything else. While grilling lamb chops for a crowd might seem daunting, it’s not bad if you’re prepared. If you have everything else staying warm in the oven, you can throw these on the grill at the last minute, and they’ll be done in under 10 minutes. The best thing about these is that...

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Pulled Pork

Posted by on Jun 13, 2012 in Dinner, grain-free, pork, potluck, Shmooper's Top 10 | 8 comments

For me, the biggest challenge of being gluten-free isn’t giving up the bread and the cookies. There are times when I want those things, but since I’m mostly paleo, I don’t really eat that stuff much anyway. (Unless of course I visit my friends at Zest Bakery and leave with more deliciousness than I planned on. But that’s a story for another day…) The things I miss are the things like pulled pork, which really shouldn’t have gluten in it. But it does, almost always. It’s hidden in the BBQ sauce, in the form of soy sauce, or worchestire. Not to mention...

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Roast Chicken with Maple-Bacon Confit

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Bacon, Chicken, Dinner, Shmooper's Top 10 | 1 comment

Few things are more comforting than a classic roast chicken. When I have a whole bird to cook, I almost always go with a simple salt / pepper / lemon / herb preparation and throw it in the oven. Once in a while though, I get inspired and give the humble bird some special treatment. This is one of those happy times that the end result far exceeded my expectations. The bacon, shallots and garlic caramelized at the bottom of the pan and created somewhat of a bacon confit. It is pure decadence, and a wonderfully simple way to make a roast chicken fancy and special. This dish earned Simon’s...

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Herb Marinated Lamb Rack Chops with Fig Tapenade Butter

Posted by on Feb 10, 2012 in Dinner, Lamb, Paleo, Shmooper's Top 10 | 0 comments

The classic garlic and herb blend is all you need to bring out the flavor of lamb. This dish is 21DSD compliant without the fig tapenade butter. With the sweet and savory butter, it is a great way to reward yourself for a job well done! 4 pasture raised lamb rack chops OR 1 rack of lamb, Frenched* Herb Rub: 3 T fresh rosemary, minced 2 T fresh thyme, minced 2 t sea salt 1/2 t black pepper a tiny pinch of ground cloves 1 T extra virgin olive oil Fig Tapenade Butter, optional** Combine the Herb Rub ingredients and coat the lamb with it. Place in an oven safe dish and marinate refrigerated for...

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