I know I haven’t been cooking a ton of new stuff lately. There’s a lot going on in my life, for one…and for another I’ve been subsisting on chicken and egg whites a lot more than I’d like to. At least on that front, I’ve only got a couple more weeks and I can start hacking away at my insane list of things I want to make. Think FALL and PUMPKINS and MAPLE SYRUP and BACON.
These are going to happen. Pinky swear.
Anyhoo, I was recently asked a handful of questions (thanks, Alexander!) about the blog, my Paleo journey, and cooking. You guys know I lovelovelove talking about myself, so how could I resist?
*What prompted you to adopt a paleo lifestye?
I had heard a lot about the Paleo diet and lifestyle from a friend of mine, but it took a while for the idea to really sink in. Finally, my husband and I decided to give it a shot on our first Whole30. I kept it up off and on over a year-long deployment to Iraq (it was definitely tough with limited food options in general) and when I came home I went all out. I read up a lot more and learned a few things along the way, too…haven’t looked back since!
*What did you find the hardest, and are there any guilty pleasures you still indulge in?
I had a hard time giving up some of my staples like bread and cereal–it was the convenience factor more than anything else. When I finally got into a good rhythm and was able to quickly and easily prep my meals for the week ahead of time it got a lot easier. Admittedly, I had to get used to eating different foods than what I was used to–a lot more veggies and red meat at all meals of the day instead of my cereal and bagels, sandwiches, and pasta. As far as guilty pleasures, I love wine, chocolate, and rich cheeses.
*What is your favorite cookbook and why?
I can’t possibly name a favorite…Every time a new one comes out it’s on my Amazon pre-order list. My top three are definitely Well Fed, Paleo Comfort Foods, and Everyday Paleo.
*Your favourite recipe?
I love any good, fatty cut of meat. But a specific recipe? Fried Chicken and Waffles, hands down. I had to re-work the recipe a bit after I stopped cooking with nuts and nut flours, but my go-to waffle recipe is still the same. It’s good any day of the year and is outstanding with butter and maple syrup!
*Dish you’d recommend to cooking novices?
Anything in the crock pot. All you have to do is toss in whatever meat and veggies you want and leave it all day. Some of my favorites are pork shoulder, pork belly, carnitas, and whole chicken. All take minutes to prepare, are cheap, and will feed a crowd.
*Recipe blogs seem to be very popular, and there are a lot out there. What advice would you give to anyone wanting to start their own?
Patience and luck are everything. Sometimes your blog is a hit, and sometimes it isn’t. Sometimes you just have to wait a while and keep writing before the readership grows. There are a whole lot of “tricks” people use to draw in readership but at the end of the day you have to have substance and you have to have well-written posts that people like so they will come back for more.
*Top guests you’d want to have at your fantasy dinner party?
Robb Wolf because he’d get the party started…his Podcast makes me laugh out loud every week on my way to work. Mat Lalonde because he’s uber-smart. Ditto for Chris Kresser. They make our brains hurt but we’re all better for it. Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo because I want her to make me some of her famous sous vide pork belly! Oh…and Mark Sisson because he’s a badass. Duh.
Sorry there’s no delicious recipes today…I’m open to suggestions! Like I said, I have a pretty good list of ideas but honestly, what would YOU like to see?by