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23 Nov

Cornish Game Hens with Egg and Sausage Stuffing

Turkey is a tricky bird to cook, requiring elaborate brining and seasoning rituals and a few Hail Marys to turn out moist and flavorful meat. Whether it’s for Thanksgiving or some other festive meal, you can take the pressure off by ditching the turkey for a smaller, moister and quite elegant little bird, the Cornish […]

16 Nov

Bacon Pancakes

Bacon pancakes sound like a sinful breakfast treat, but these slightly sweet, mostly savory cakes require no repentance. Fluffy, moist and salty with just hint of sweetness, bacon pancakes can be served with a light drizzle of maple syrup, or a dollop of sour cream and a hit of hot sauce. Peruse the list of […]

9 Nov

Cuban Picadillo

Cuban Picadillo is basically a sloppy joe without the bun. But picadillo has a little more pizzazz, thanks to the sweet and piquant flavor combination of raisins and olives simmered with ground beef and tomato sauce. Picadillo is home cooked comfort food, the type of easy weeknight meal that both kids and adults love. Like […]

2 Nov

Filipino Beef Kaldereta

Kaldereta is a Filipino stew with flavors influenced by three centuries of Spanish colonization in the Philippines. Tomato-based and traditionally made with goat or beef, potatoes, green olives and peppers, it’s a filling, comforting dish. The really ingenious ingredient in Kaldereta is puréed chicken liver. Stirred in at the end, chicken livers give the stew […]

26 Oct

Homemade Deli Meat

The popularity of deli meat can’t be explained by convenience alone. There’s something about the smooth, supple texture and salty, slightly sweet flavor that some people love. If you’re one of those people, homemade deli meat could become your new favorite snack or salad topper. It turns out that meat of questionable origin, half a […]

19 Oct

Pan-Fried Mackerel (or Sardines) with Spicy Tomato Sauce

The bold flavor of mackerel (or sardines) is an asset in this dish, pairing perfectly with an equally bold tomato sauce that’s spicy, garlicky and richly seasoned with cumin, coriander, paprika and cinnamon. If the fishy flavor or oiliness of mackerel and sardines puts you off then acidity, herbs and spices are the way to […]

12 Oct

Dulse Tapenade with Garlic Grilled Steak

Seaweed and olives might sound like an odd pairing, but dulse tapenade will convince you otherwise. It’s a salty spread with rich umami flavor that can be modified to please your palate. Love the flavor of seaweed? Then go light on the olives. Not so fond of seaweed? Add a big handful of Kalamatas and […]

28 Sep

Sausage and Eggs to Go

The following recipe is pulled straight from the pages of the new Primal Blueprint Publishing publication Primal Cravings. Authors Brand and Megan Keatley really know how make delicious Primal dishes, and often with surprisingly few ingredients. This recipe doesn’t disappoint on both counts. Start day 13 of your 21 day challenge off right and give […]

21 Sep

Italian Turkey Loaf Burger

This recipe comes from the creative culinary minds of Matt Whitmore and Keris Marsden authors of the recently released The Paleo Primer. Recall what I said earlier this week about Primal living having no need or patience for deprivation. Case in point, this indulgent but perfectly Primal dish. Now go try this recipe and pick […]

14 Sep

Pork Belly Croutons with Kale Salad

Crispy, crackling nuggets of pork belly are better than traditional bread croutons, any day of the week. Pork belly “croutons” add crunch and saltiness to salad, plus they have a succulent, fatty middle that a square of stale bread can’t compete with. But you probably don’t need to be sold on loving meat croutons over […]

7 Sep

Grilled Okra with Spicy Sumac Seasoning Salt

Okra lovers and haters, rejoice. Grilled okra with spicy sumac seasoning salt is an untraditional and finger lickin’ good recipe that will make you fall in love with okra all over again, or, for the very first time. Okra is rarely described as addictive. All it takes, though, is a few minutes on a hot […]

31 Aug

Parchment Baked Halibut with Parsley-Spinach Pesto

Parchment pockets are an easy way to simultaneously cook moist and tender fish, lightly steam veggies, and cut down on the amount of clean up after dinner. You don’t even need plates; just eat right out of the parchment. With simple cooking methods, however, can come simple flavors. Which is why this parchment-baked halibut is […]

24 Aug

Sauerbraten: A Classic German Pot Roast

Sauerbraten is “sour roast,” a traditional German recipe made by marinating then braising a big hunk of meat in vinegar and spices. The vinegar isn’t just used for a sour zing; it also tenderizes the meat. Bottom round is commonly used for sauerbraten, but any less-expensive cut of meat, including wild game like venison, can […]

17 Aug

Fish Poached in Olive Oil

Just when you think you’ve cooked fish in every possible way, along comes an intriguing recipe like this one. This cooking method for seafood isn’t a new idea; the Italians and French have been doing it forever and many chefs today use it to keep fish moist while it cooks. But have you ever tried […]

10 Aug

Everyday Chicken Curry

This week’s recipe is pulled straight from the pages of the new book The Paleo Primer: A Jump-Start Guide to Losing Body Fat and Living Primally!, Primal Blueprint Publishing’s latest title written by British health and fitness consultants Keris Marsden and Matt Whitmore. If meat in spicy sauce doesn’t do it for you have made […]

3 Aug

Pickled Shrimp

If you’ve grabbed one too many handfuls of nuts or jerky when the munchies strike and you’re craving something new to snack on, here’s an idea: ice-cold, pickled shrimp. Firm and fresh with a tangy kick of lemon and vinegar plus subtle spices, this Southern specialty tastes especially good when the weather is hot. Pickled […]

27 Jul

Garlic Soup with Mushrooms and Chive Oil

Don’t be scared off by the amount of garlic in this soup. Yes, the number of cloves is way up there, somewhere around 40, but the resulting flavor is smooth, mellow garlic without any bite. The texture is just as enticing, creamy and rich without any cream or coconut milk added. Organosulfur compounds that show […]

24 Jul

Primal Egg Coffee: The Best Part of Waking Up?

Bulletproof coffee has taken the paleo world by storm. Not me, though. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for people dropping grass-fed butter and coconut/MCT oil into their high-quality coffee, blending it all up into a high-octane mug of frothiness, but I just can’t get into it. If we’re talking coffee additives, I prefer my […]

20 Jul

Ginger and Lemongrass Meatballs with Braised Scallions

Ginger and lemongrass meatballs are so moist and uber flavorful that they don’t need any sauce. This blend of lamb and pork boldly seasoned with ginger, lemongrass, garlic, basil and cilantro will knock you out with flavor and aroma. Just serve the meatballs on a plate with a side of braised scallions for dinner or […]

13 Jul

Salmon, Zucchini and Lemon Skewers

The simple trick of threading lemon slices to these skewers adds a bright color and a light, tart flavor to the salmon and zucchini as they cook. A sprinkle of cumin and coriander and a dollop of chive-butter bring more mouth-watering flavor. These skewers are great for parties – they look fantastic piled on a […]

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