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22 Oct

Savory Roasted Pumpkin with Beef Short Ribs

When bright orange, eye-catching displays of oddly shaped pumpkins take over the entrance of markets, don’t walk on by thinking that pumpkin only belongs in two places: baked into a pie or set on the porch with a candle stuck inside. Pumpkin is a seasonal pleasure to be indulged in, not only because it has […]

15 Oct

Succulent Duck Confit

Duck confit came about centuries ago because of a practical need to preserve meat for long periods of time without refrigeration. While modern society has mostly lost the need to preserve meat for months, it has not lost its taste for duck confit; in fact, the dish has been elevated from practical peasant food to […]

8 Oct

Primal Texas Chili

All too often a bowl full of chili is an uninspired blend of ground meat and canned tomatoes overwhelmed by beans. Ask anyone who follows the Primal Blueprint and they’ll tell you that the beans are unnecessary, but ask any Texan and they’ll tell you that putting beans in chili is an absolute travesty. In […]

1 Oct

Three Dishes with Three Animal Fats: Lard, Tallow and Duck

While there is nothing wrong with throwing a big hunk of butter or a glug of olive oil in a pan, these two fats are far from perfect when it comes to cooking. Butter burns easily, turning dark and bitter when the heat is too high for too long. To a lesser extent, the same […]

24 Sep

Comfort Food Three Ways: How to Turn One Roast into Several Amazing Meals

At the end of a long, hectic day the last place most people want to be is standing in an aisle of a grocery store wondering what the heck to make for dinner. A growling stomach and/or whiny kids don’t make the task any easier. Wouldn’t it be great to know that a homemade meal […]

10 Sep

Spicy Buffalo Chicken

Who doesn’t love to gnaw on a spicy chicken wing or drummette, every bite a glorious combination of fat and meat that coats your lips with a red, buttery gloss. Diving into a plate of wings or drummies is a messy endeavor, but that’s why people love ‘em. It’s an excuse to suck a bone […]

3 Sep

Spicy and Sour Kimchi

Kimchi announces itself first by a piquant, funky aroma and then by an unforgettable flavor, one that can take some getting use to if you weren’t raised on Korean cuisine. Cool, crunchy cabbage leaves provide a little bit of relief from the otherwise spicy, sour, garlicky and pungent flavors that wallop your taste buds with […]

27 Aug

Creamy Ranch Dressing

It’s an undeniable fact that homemade recipes usually don’t taste exactly the same as a store-bought version of the same food. This is most clearly the case with processed foods, which are especially hard to re-create exactly in a home kitchen. This is a good thing – do you really want your kitchen pantry stocked […]

20 Aug

Heirloom Tomato Salad and Steak with Peppercorns and Purple Basil

Is it possible not to be seduced by the gorgeous displays of tomatoes dominating farmers’ markets during the summer? Their bright colors and unique shapes just make you want to reach out and give one or two a squeeze. Summer is the time to enjoy juicy, sweetly acidic, full-flavored tomatoes. Before you know it, colder […]

13 Aug

Decadent Coconut Milk Whipped Cream with Berries and Dark Chocolate Coconut Mousse

We often say that a bowl of thick, creamy Greek-style yogurt mixed with fresh, ripe berries is a good, sensible indulgence dessert option for those that tolerate dairy. As good as it is (especially with some macadamia nuts tossed in), we may have just stumbled upon a dessert that bumps Greek yogurt into second place […]

6 Aug

Pork, Beef and Liver Terrine

Leave it to the French to create a dish that tastes and looks incredibly gourmet even though it’s made from not much more than ground meat. Making pâté de terrine does not take extraordinary culinary skills or exotic ingredients, but the results are impressive and extraordinarily delicious. Well-seasoned, fatty meat is combined with egg, whole […]

23 Jul

Garlic Marinated Broccoli with Olives and Red Pepper

Nutritionally it’s sound (it made Mark’s “Top 10 Foods I Couldn’t Live Without” list) but broccoli can be pretty one-dimensional on the plate. The intense crunchiness of this cruciferous is why we love it so much, but some days, we wish there was a little more complex flavor along with that crunch. That’s why we’ve […]

16 Jul

Creamy Macadamia Shrimp

Macadamia nuts are often used as a crispy coating for seafood and that’s exactly where the inspiration for this recipe came from. We were craving something like macadamia nut crusted shrimp, but we didn’t want to take the time to dredge each little shrimp in a nutty coating and we didn’t want to deal with […]

9 Jul

Primal BBQ Sauce

The summer grilling season is upon us, which means we have a full-on craving for meat slathered in BBQ sauce and grilled to crispy, caramelized perfection. In anticipation of firing up the grill, we’ve been searching for the perfect BBQ sauce and a quick scan of the grocery store aisle confirmed exactly what we expected: […]

2 Jul

Grilled Lamb Skewers with Yogurt Mint Dipping Sauce

When most people think about firing up the grill or stoking a campfire to cook an outdoor meal, lamb isn’t the first meat that comes to mind. Isn’t lamb the type of meat that should be served on a fancy platter with mint jelly on the side, not seared over a campfire and eaten with […]

25 Jun

Grilled & Chilled Shellfish with Basil, Mint and Lime Vinaigrette

Steamed clams, mussels and scallops in a bowl of warm broth is a simple seafood supper we enjoy most months of the year, but when summer rolls around we like to chill our shellfish down. But before we chill, we grill. The reason is simple – why stand at a stove in a stuffy kitchen […]

18 Jun

Chilled Summer Soups

On a hot summer night, there is nothing more refreshing than a bowl of soup. If that statement made you think, “Huh?” then clearly you haven’t discovered the delicious and refreshing world of chilled soup. Just as hot soups provide a comforting buffer from winter, chilled soups are a refreshing respite from the heat of […]

11 Jun

Grilled Artichokes with Creamy Mint Sauce

Artichokes are not the most welcoming food in the produce department. With their odd shape, dull green color and layers of prickly armor it’s a wonder humans started eating them at all. Luckily, some poor soul a long time ago was hungry enough to try them and since Roman times the artichoke has not only […]

4 Jun

Greek Meatza with Creamy Feta, Kalamata Olives and Red Onion

There is much about meatza that makes our mouth water: the juicy, high-protein meat “crust,” the toppings that satisfy our cravings for pizza and the fact that we can eat it with our hands like traditional pizza. But even the most carnivorous among us have to admit that some meatza recipes, the ones smothered in […]

28 May

Garlicky Roasted Shrimp and Swiss Chard

You can never have too many quick and easy recipes in your arsenal of go-to weeknight meals, the type that can be made from memory when you’re too tired to think. It doesn’t get much easier or tastier than our Garlicky Roasted Shrimp and Swiss Chard, a recipe with very few ingredients and a simple […]

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