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  • All in the Paleo Family

    Mojo Jo-Jo-

    I’ve been slow to get a new post up as we have just returned from a trip to Northern California to visit family. My grandmother turned 100 years old this year and we feted her with a high-end cocktail party. Thank goodness for a convenient Whole Foods in Sacramento, as you know the perils of travel and maintaining a paleoesque diet.

    One of the greatest aspects to the trip, besides visiting with my grandmother, was reconnecting with two of my cousins. Ryan, the kids, and I spent one morning with my cousin Emily and her two daughters down on the banks of the American River. Emily, a self-described “ex-vegan and vegetarian, now conscious carnivore,” is the blog author of Recipes to Nourish, a gorgeous blog that features primal and Paleo recipes. Please spend some time perusing her stellar site!

    My other cousin, Jack, has a very curious profession.  Hands down one of the cleverest people I have ever known, Jack is a former Army Ranger and martial arts fanatic who started a gunsmithing business called Into the Breech. We spent our final afternoon in Sac with him and his wife Megan (affectionately called Meeps). Wanting to revolutionize their diets and see the benefits of their daily exercise, they were exceptionally interested in learning about a low carb, Paleo diet. We began our regular proselytizing and turned them on to a couple of big name paleo websites: Mark’s Daily Apple, Nom Nom Paleo, and PaleOMG. The following day, they rushed off to the bookstore and surprised me with a texted photo of their new purchases, Julie Bauer’s Paleo Cookbook, The Paleo Cupboard Cookbook and The Bulletproof Diet Cookbook. This entire week has been a text-fest of photographs, back and forth, of breakfasts, lunches, and dinners from our mutual kitchens.

    Here’s a few from my kitchen this week…

    Egg scramble with Italian sausage
    Italian sausage with homemade sauerkraut, paleo ketchup and dijon mustard.


    Baby back ribs with a mixed berry compote and sweet potato fries
    Baby back ribs with a mixed berry compote and sweet potato fries.


    Fried eggs with Cholula, avocado, sausage, and raspberries
    Fried eggs with Cholula, avocado, sausage, and raspberries. Coffee with coconut cream.


    Chorizo and sweet potato enchiladas
    Chorizo and sweet potato enchiladas

    Chicken nuggets with almond/coconut flour and sweet potato fries

    Buffalo chicken meatballs with paleo bleu cheese and roasted carrots. And Stuart.


    Taco salad with ground beef topped with an avocado-lime-jalapeno dressing. I added a spare buffalo chicken meatball and a plastic turtle for garnish.


    Veggie egg scramble with avocado, uncured bacon, and more Cholula

    Veggie egg scramble with avocado, uncured bacon, and more Cholula

    I just touched base with Jack last night and he said that he had been “hard core Paleo” for two weeks straight. He and his wife cleaned out their pantry and said good-bye to the Ranch Fritos and Blazing Hot Cheetos.  He said it wasn’t as hard as he thought.  Last night, a piece of pizza tried to beckon him to the dark side while at Whole Foods, like the sirens to Odysseus.  My guess is that he had his wife tie him to the grocery cart while she stuffed her ears with beeswax to escape…