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Month: October 2010

Grokfeast on the Shores of Lake Erie

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

The Cleveland Groks got together on a rather chilly and windy Saturday afternoon for good food and some serious monkey business on the shore of Lake Erie. Our VIP guests included gorilla and squirrel, and although we were rather tempted to eat them, they made for good conversation and the girls got kind of attached to  squirrel, so their lives were spared. We had much better grassfed meat, anyway! MeatMe216 hit the drum while the flames seared the meat, and after all were fed, it was off to the field for a few rounds of Frisbee. Then – to the playground with gorilla! Squirrel decided to stay behind to guard the leftovers. We climbed, ran, balanced, and swung all over the elaborate playground at Lakewood park, which features a climbing wall, ropes, balance beams, tires, swings, and of course – monkey bars! Gorilla gave his share of Lifting Heavy Things by giving the kids of the playground some gorilla back rides. Then, batty chased gorilla into a tree, and we called it a day.

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Grokfeast in Wisconsin

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

Preparing for the Grokfeast

We decided to center our Grokfeast around unusual meats. I found a source for elk at my local farmers market: Hawk’s Hill Elk Ranch. A local restaurant meat supply store provided the other meats – rabbit, duck, and Cornish game hen. The night before the Grokfeast, we had all the meats thawed, and the elk prepared and ready to go in the crockpot. At 3 am the morning of the Grokfeast (don’t worry, I was awake anyway to feed Derek), I started the elk cooking. Then, at a more reasonable time that morning, we started the rabbit cacciatore and roasted birds. After Michael was done removing as much rabbit meat as he could for the cacciatore, there was still some good meat left on the bones. So we added an impromptu soup to the menu to use the rest of the rabbit.

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Grokfeast in Mississippi

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

The execution of our Grokfeast had to be performed with all the precision, stamina, and strength of a primordial hunt. As a typical group of stressed (and broke) college students, we knew the challenges of pulling off a successful Grokfeast would be many, but like the ancient Primal man, we also knew that to not succeed was not an option. So, we sharpened our proverbial spears and went to work. The preparation began nearly one month before the deadline as we gathered fellow Primal followers to our cause. This task alone nearly killed the whole mission. Not too many in the land of Mississippi remember their Primal roots. Initially, the interest was minimal, but we set that task aside for the present and turned instead to the challenge of providing a suitable meat for the hordes. A carcass was in order, of that we were certain. But not just any carcass, baked in some modern contraption requiring minimal effort or skill. Oh, no. We were going to make Grok proud. Thus the idea of building a smoke pit. A woolly mammoth of tasks, a pit big enough for our needs would have to be at least 4 feet wide by 5 feet long by 2 feet deep. Again, Mississippi is not known for its “shovel-friendly” earth. A deluge of medical school exams and activities prevented us from putting much more thought into the Grokfeast until the one week deadline loomed before us. This was when we could be found scraping at the sun-baked clay with shovels by the light of our truck headlights while others performed rain dances. Thankfully, our prayers were answered and it downpoured the next day. Despite the merciful rain, it still took us two days to finish digging the pit (it counted as our WOW). With only hours of daylight to spare, we sacrificed the pig carcass to the fiery coals on Thursday night, making sure to completely bury it in order to escape tampering from neighboring tribes or wild animals.

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Grokfeast in Augusta, Georgia

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

Plans for the picnic started when a wellness committee member at work (Nikki Rebernak) read about the Grokfeast challenge and visions of cow patties danced in her head. Our company has two main buildings on a large plot of land. In between the buildings is a cow pasture and a walking path. She came to me with the idea of suckering our wellness committee into having a picnic with the cows… and it was all downhill from there. In a flurry of e-mails we had 12 people agree to have lunch together. Some brought their own food, Nikki made up a salad and some fresh berries, and others trusted me to provide something tasty.

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Grokfeast in Davis, California

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

What a day! The day began in classic primal style – with an obstacle to overcome. We had originally planned on going to the local park to grill our large amount of meat and enjoy the other primal dishes. Unfortunately all the grills at the park were already occupied, so we ended up hauling all of our “goods” back to Sarah’s house to use her fire. While real primal humans would have been confused by the use of these strange metal objects that helped us eat our food at Sarah’s house, it was an unexpected treat for us to be able to sit at a table and eat our food with utensils, when we had originally planned to not use any at the park (except for grilling implements – safety first!).

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Grokfeast in Tucson, Arizona

On September 8th I asked my readers to host picnics and to send me the results. The following is one of 27 amazing submissions, the best of which will win an entire cow, courtesy of US Wellness. Vote for your favorite on October 8.

We had a “rockin’” good time at our Grokfeast. It was on September 19th. Our menu had a Southwest theme (I figure cavefolks usually had themed parties, didn’t they?) and it was delicious. My husband’s CrossFit gym, Wildcat CrossFit, was in the process of moving to their new location, so our Grokfeast was partly a celebration and a functional part of the move. At 3:30 the runners met at the old location and met “the rocks,” which are some landscaping rocks kept at the gym for the occasional rock run, rock toss, rock clean and jerk, whatever. The rocks range in weight from 30 pounds to 60 pounds. There was a men’s team and a women’s team. The object was for each team to move a rock from the old gym location to the new one, a distance of about 5 kilometers. The rock had to be moved using person-power only, no fossil fuels, no wheels. The men’s rock weighted 50 pounds and the women’s weighed 40 pounds. Did I mention the women also had children they were transporting from point A to point B? And that it was 103 degrees that day?

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