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Archive for August, 2009

15 Aug

Pork Loin with Mango Salsa


I was so excited to bring home my first organic pork tenderloin from the Rhinebeck farmer’s market that I couldn’t quite process the incredulous faces waiting for me when I got back. “It’ll take so long to cook,” the faces-at-home said, directing their eyes to their stomachs, which audibly growled.

I don’t know where the misconception about pork loin came from – probably from other round, “loaf”-like meats, which are notorious for being part of bigger dinner-time productions, typically seen around the holidays; meats that require  thermometers, significant prep time, and all kinds of extra gadgets to make sure they cook the whole way through. But pork loin doesn’t require a lot of fussing. It just needs a little attention, because it is a very lean cut. And while it doesn’t take years to cook, it can cook too quickly, and come out very dry. If you do it right, though, it is perfect in less than 30 minutes.

15 Aug

Contest: Leave a Comment. Win a Shirt.

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The Prize:

Are you a hunter-gatherer? Let people know it with a shirt from Life AsRx. Originally started for Crossfitters, this shirt company has Grokified designs for both men and women. Three winners of today’s contest will receive the above AsRx T-shirt in their choice of size and gender.

And as a bonus, for the rest of the month, if you order your own t-shirt from AsRx, enter the code “Primal” (case sensitive–capital “P”) in the coupon field on the order page for a 10% discount on any purchase.

The Contest:

Today’s contest is a piece of cake. Simply leave a comment in today’s blog post: Pork Loin with Mango Salsa

To reiterate, comment on today’s OTHER post for a chance to win the t-shirt. Commenting on this post will get you nothing.

14 Aug

Who You Callin’ Stupid and Lazy?

ratA number of readers have sent me links (thanks, readers) to a new study coming out of the UK that raised some eyebrows all across the Internet earlier this week. The headlines seemed to scream from everywhere “Do High Fat Diets Make Us Stupid and Lazy?” That, in turn, made me scream, so I took a look at this paper in the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology: Deterioration of physical performance and cognitive function in rats with short-term high-fat feeding

What I found was a less-than-impressive short-term study on rat performance that told me what I already knew: that it takes a while for new gene expression to really kick in when you radically shift diets. Just like some of you are seeing in the 30-day challenge. So what?

14 Aug

Contest: Facebook for a Book

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The Primal Blueprint. You know what it is. Time to win it.

The Contest:

Friend me on Facebook. It’s easy. If you have an account, simply request me (Mark Sisson) as a friend. If you haven’t joined Facebook yet, now’s the perfect time! Even if you’re not into online social networking, Facebook is a great way to keep up with your buddies. The sign up is self explanatory. Click “Sign Up”, fill out the form and add me as a friend. It’s that simple. If you’ve already friended me, thanks for being my friend, but unfortunately you’re not in the running. Don’t worry though, there’s still a ton of prizes left. We aren’t even half way through the challenge yet!

14 Aug

Contest Poll: Grokku!

With hundreds of Primal haikus submitted yesterday you didn’t make it easy on me. In fact, I had such a difficult time awarding one winner that I’ve decided to chicken out and make you do it! I’ve boiled it down to my top 10 favorite Grokkus. Vote for your favorite below. The winner will receive 6 bars of each flavor of pemmican, original, honey and cherry free, and salt free (that’s 18 bars of meaty goodness).

This poll only lasts until 3 pm PST, so place your vote now!

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