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6 Oct

Grokfeast in San Jose, 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.

‘Twas the night of the Grokfeast, when all through the ‘hood
was a dozen or so Grok-wannabes hunting for food;
Their tummies were hungry and fridges were so bare, they foraged
together, because they care;
With Audra stoking the fire, and Frank roasting the meat, Cherry and
Robin busily cutting the veggies to eat;
Lindsay and Eden carefully weighing and measuring to ensure every
Grokee would get their fill,
As Joe watched the little ones, so Becca could bag the many meals;
After slaving away over hot, open fires, well over four and one-half hours,
though time quickly flew, enjoying each others’ company,
Then what to their wondering eyes could it be,
A week’s worth of primal food for each Grok family,
No, not just two or three small little snacks, but twenty-one delicious
cavemen dishes to develop a healthy heart and make strong backs.
As the clan separated to go their own ways, they knew in their tummies
and hearts it was a well-spent day;
Building good eating habits and maintaining their health, it’s teaching by
example that is much more than wealth!

The Feast

  • Chicken Fajita Salad
  • Slow Cooker Pork Loin
  • Easy Ceviche
  • Sweet Potato Hash
  • Almond & Dijon Crusted Halibut & Roasted Asparagus
  • Spaghetti Squash w/Ground lamb meat & homemade marina sauce
  • Tuna Cabbage Salad
  • Western Omelet
  • Chicken Apple Hash
  • Indian-‐Style Slaw
  • Stir-Fry Beef
  • Spinach & Fruit Salad

(All 21 meals not listed above)

Recipe: Spinach & Fruit Salad


  • Fresh spinach (about 1 bunch or a 9 oz package)
  • 8-10 fresh strawberries, sliced (we used kiwi chunks)
  • 1 package blueberries
  • 1/4 C slivered almonds


  • 1/4 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 C grapeseed oil (or walnut oil, or olive oil)
  • 2 T sesame seeds
  • 1 T poppy seeds
  • 1 T honey (optional)

Mix spinach and fruit together. Drizzle salad dressing over salad and toss well. Sprinkle slivered almonds over the top. Enjoy! (Store leftover dressing in the refrigerator).

The Tribe

Audra & Joe Soltis, Tommy Soltis, Sierra Soltis, Becca Makarova, Maks Makarov, Nadya Makarova, Cherry Sanders, Eden Ternian, Frank Mangisi, Robin N., Lindsay Pfeffer

You want comments? We got comments:

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  1. Rhymin’ Groks to boot!
    very nice :)

    Peggy wrote on October 6th, 2010
  2. Fun! Can you share the recipe for the chicken apple hash? That sounds yummy.

    Chris wrote on October 6th, 2010
    • see below

      Becca wrote on October 8th, 2010
  3. 21 dishes – that’s craziness! Wow!

    Way to go with the dedication. :)

    Melody wrote on October 6th, 2010
  4. Love the rhyming! And making the planning and preparation a group thing. Very practical and fun at the same time.

    Mary Adams wrote on October 6th, 2010
  5. Cute little Grokette digging in the cooler. :)

    Funkadelic Flash wrote on October 6th, 2010
  6. Looks great. A true feast.

    Garth Whelan wrote on October 6th, 2010
  7. Spinach & Fruit Salad looks fantastic. I love spinach, my favorite green.

    Mark wrote on October 6th, 2010
  8. +5 points for the awesome rhyme!
    -1 point for no recipe on the apple chicken hash which sounds delicious!

    anzy wrote on October 6th, 2010
    • see recipe below (+3 points)

      Becca wrote on October 8th, 2010
  9. I’d never considered this but without written language, perhaps Grok used all of those cave paintings to record his POETRY! Hey, why not?

    Larry wrote on October 6th, 2010
  10. The rhyming part is full of awesome! Thats love.

    tara tootie wrote on October 6th, 2010
  11. Love the poem!

    Ryan wrote on October 6th, 2010
  12. Great job fellow San Joseans…

    Food looks great.

    Lars1000 wrote on October 6th, 2010
  13. Sounds like the “activity” here was a bunch of people getting together to cook a week’s worth of primal fare for each family to take home?

    Cool idea.

    Kris wrote on October 6th, 2010
    • BINGO!!! (your answer is right, didn’t play it)

      Becca wrote on October 8th, 2010
  14. yay leftovers!

    noah216 wrote on October 6th, 2010
  15. Sounds like an awesome feast!

    Cindy Hanna wrote on October 6th, 2010
  16. Ha, I love your poem!

    Ben wrote on October 6th, 2010
  17. 21! its a primal thanksgiving practice run!awesome

    mike wrote on October 6th, 2010
  18. Fun post to read!

    christie wrote on October 6th, 2010
  19. looks like you had a rhyming good time….

    Marti wrote on October 6th, 2010
  20. Cool. Salad with blueberries is great.

    Ryan wrote on October 7th, 2010
  21. Nice! I like the idea of making a bunch of primal meals together for future eating. Congrats on your success from a former San Joser!

    Julie wrote on October 7th, 2010
  22. Lovin’ the poetic presentation

    Fatkid wrote on October 7th, 2010
  23. love it! hope this one wins!!!

    beka wrote on October 8th, 2010

    2 tsp. olive oil
    6 oz. leftover chicken
    1 apple
    2 tsp either cinnamon or allspice (choose favorite)

    Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Shred and add the chicken. Grate (or finely chop) the apple, then add to the pot with your spice of choice. Cover and cook over medium-low, stirring frequently. Once the apple has cooked down and become soft, it is ready to serve. (courtesy of Robb Wolf)

    Becca wrote on October 8th, 2010
  25. Anyone know how to make our vote??

    Becca wrote on October 8th, 2010
  26. mad rhyming skills!

    carol wrote on October 8th, 2010
  27. What a great idea! You’re so fortunate to have a community that shares your food ideas! :)

    gilliebean wrote on October 8th, 2010
  28. How do we vote?! I feel (even though I know there are more) like the only primal person in San Jose!! No one I know is primal or paleo!! Wahhh! All this looks uh-mazing!!

    Alyssa wrote on October 12th, 2010
  29. Props from another San Jose grokette! Looks lovely and the poem is fun.

    RowanF wrote on September 14th, 2011

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