Confession time: a couple weeks ago, when a reader requested that I make this dish, I had to look it up because I had never heard of it. Somehow, I had inadvertently avoided Chicken Piccata my whole life. Although truth be told, I rarely visit Italian restaurants any longer since bread, pasta, and pizza all contain that pesky (but delicious) protein, gluten. And after that, what’s left at your typical Italian-American restaurant – salad? Regardless, I did a bit of research on the dish, and here we are.

The origin of this dish isn’t confirmed, but most believe it to be of American design, most likely by Italian-American immigrants during the 1930s. In Italy, Piccatas today are commonly made with veal, but here in the US, chicken prevails. The cutlets are breaded and pan-fried, and then a sauce is made with the drippings. It’s a simple technique made remarkable by its combination of flavors – wine, broth, lemon juice, and capers.

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It must be bundle season! A couple weeks back I shared about the Primal Life Kit, which ended last week, and I’m happy to announce that I’m a part of another bundle, The Autoimmune Wellness Bundle, which came online this morning and is available through the weekend.

I’m particularly fond of one of the (40+) resources available in the bundle, The Best of Autoimmune Protocol 2015 eBook, which collects over 160 recipes from a group of bloggers, myself included.

The eBook features a comprehensive look at the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), a low-inflammatory version of the Paleo diet designed to reverse autoimmune symptoms. And my favorite part: five of my recipes are featured, all tweaked for the Autoimmune Protocol: Blaukraut (German Red Cabbage), Apple, Bacon, & Duck Breast Salad, Mofongo, Oven Roasted Jerusalem Artichokes, and an AIP-friendly Flatbread.

On a personal note, I’ve been implementing elements of the AIP over the past year and have recently found a significant improvement in my own autoimmune issues. If you or a loved one are dealing with an autoimmune disease, I definitely recommend checking out this resource.

In my new office here in Pensacola Florida, we have an interesting combination of Navy families. Two of my co-workers have spouses they met while stationed in England, and another met his wife while serving in Canada. I’ll often ask them what new dishes they’d like for me to bring into work, as they typically (and unknowingly) are my tasting judges. The question inevitably gets passed to their spouses, and all too often I hear complaints that there are “no good curries” to be found in our town. This Chicken Korma recipe is the result of those conversations.

“Korma” comes from the Urdu word ḳormā, which means to braise. This dish, as with other braised dishes like Rogan Josh, is characteristic of Moghul cuisine, which was first introduced to Northern India by the Mughal Empire in the 16th Century; the Mughal were a predominantly Muslim people of Turko-Mongol descent (some claimed to be direct descendents of Genghis Kahn).

There is a lot of variation to kormas, but the underlying theme includes a slow braise in a rich, mildly-spicy curry sauce, often flavored with yogurt or heavy cream. For this recipe in particular, I kept it relatively dairy-free (what’s a recipe without butter or ghee?) and used a bit of lemon juice to impart the tanginess you’d expect from using yogurt.

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Last month I had the opportunity to visit Avery Island, Louisiana, the home of Tabasco. Each year the company selects a group of bloggers to visit their island (which is actually a salt dome surrounded by bayou). In turn, the bloggers are asked to write about their experience and create some recipes using Tabasco sauces. Since I was probably going to make some recipes using Tabasco this year anyway, it was an easy decision to join the event.

I’ve always valued Tabasco sauces for their short ingredients list (the original red pepper sauce contains just three ingredients – peppers, vinegar, and salt), and their ability to add a complex flavor to any dish; I feel that acidity is a tragically underutilized dynamic in most kitchens, and Tabasco has acidity in spades. But until this trip I never realized how much care Tabasco puts into each bottle, which you’ll see in my pictures below the recipe. But first, the food.

It’s coming into flounder season here in Florida, and it is easy to find in my area right now. The fish are caught using a spear (called a “gig”), typically at night, much in the same way that frogs are traditionally caught. A favorite preparation for flounder is to simply pan-fry them in Cajun seasoning (often used interchangeably with the term “blackening seasoning”); since I was already making the seasoning from scratch, I figured this is also an opportunity to incorporate it into one of my other favorite dishes from this area, Étouffée.

Étouffée translates to “smothered” from French, which indicates that the main ingredient (often crawfish, but in this case, shrimp) is smothered in a thick sauce of broth and vegetables. Might as well add some bacon to it for good measure, because bacon.

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2015 Primal Life Kit

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know that my eBook, The Safe Starch Cookbook, is part of a pretty sweet bundle that became available today. The Primal Life Kit features over 55 eBooks and over 25 exclusive discounts, valued at over $1,400 altogether.

This kit is only available for the next week, so be sure to check it out!

As a reminder, here’s what you’ll find in The Safe Starch Cookbook:

  • a discussion on the historical precedence for starch consumption
  • 64 recipes (15 rice, 17 potato, 11 noodle, and 21 other starch dishes)
  • a picture for every recipe, taken by yours truly
  • comprehensive recipe index with thumbnail hyperlinks to each page
  • a look at portion sizes and meal timing for optimum health
  • tips to save money using starches (nearly $1,000/year per person!)
  • a breakdown of meal-planning in the context of carbs
  • a thorough substitution guide for common food allergies
  • all recipes are gluten-free and developed using a whole-food mindset
  • my argument for why white rice should be considered “Paleo”
  • rice-buying guide to avoid arsenic and other toxins
  • 167 pages total

Please note that by buying the kit through my link above, I receive a commission from the sale. As you may have noticed, I don’t have any ads on my site, so participating in events like this help me to pay my blogging bills! But either way, this is a resource that I feel is definitely worth your attention, or else I wouldn’t be promoting it. Thanks for your continued support.

Also, I should mention that the version of The Safe Starch Cookbook that’s part of this kit does not include a preview to Paleo Takeout – that one is sold directly through my site, right here.

You’ve heard of Samosas, right? They’re those triangle-shaped savory pastries served in Indian and Central Asian restaurants. They’re a surprisingly ancient dish, first mentioned in the Middle East (under the name Sambosa) during the 10th century before eventually making their way across Central Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and even Southeast Asia. They’re practically everywhere today – you can even find them pretty easily in South Africa, as Indian cuisine started to influence British colonial food culture.

I loved Samosas in my pre-Paleo days, and I’ve been wanting to tackle them for a while. The problem is, well, pastry. I tend not to fiddle with baked goods and leave them up to the masters (see: Jenni Hulet’s My Paleo Patisserie). So after a bit of brainstorming, I settled on the idea of Samosa-flavored mashed potatoes. I like this idea because, heck, most people are probably eating mashed potatoes anyway, so why not kick them up a notch in terms of flavor and vegetable count.

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Folks, I have some great news for you – Paleo Takeout was sent to the printer last night! In celebration, I’m totally going to buck a few trends here. Instead of teasing you with snippets of the book, only showing off the very best dishes, I’m just going to let you see the whole shebang right now! This is the actual visual index taken straight from the book. I’m confident that once you see this full recipe list, complete with the picture for each recipe, you’re going to flip a lid.

Bear in mind that many of these recipes have variations and sub-recipes listed for them. For example, the combination of techniques, rubs, and sauces for the wings yields 20 different experiences! Similarly, there are 8 different types of ramen in this book. All told, there are over 200 recipes in Paleo Takeout – how awesome is that? Read on to see everything that is included in the book when it releases on June 23rd.

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Chile Colorado (sometimes spelled Chili Colorado) is a Mexican dish featuring a red sauce and tender pieces of beef.

There is a lot of excessive naming in the world of chile peppers. For example, the primary chile used in this dish, the New Mexico chile, is often called a Chile Colorado in Mexico; it’s not due to a poor grasp of American geography, but because the names once denoted their place of origin. Similarly, the Anaheim chile, which is a milder version of the New Mexico chile, is so named. The Spanish word Colorado also can mean “red”, so who knows. Granted, each of these peppers have subtle differences in flavor, but it all makes for a confusing shopping experience.

To give the sauce its best flavor, I found that blending a fresh jalapeño into the sauce adds a tangy dynamic. If possible, use a ripe red jalapeño, also known as a Fresno chile (see! confusion!) instead of a green one, as the former will have an earthier taste; but it’s not a deal breaker.

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The NY strip loin, sometimes called loin roast or top loin, is a cut taken from the top of the cow’s short loin. The short loin is located near the spine, past the ribs but before the tenderloin and round. This is a crowded area of the cow in terms of butchery, as the porterhouse and tenderloin also come from this section. In fact, this strip loin is basically an uncut series of NY strip steaks. Confused yet? Don’t worry, you don’t need to know how to break down a cow in order to cook up this delicious specimen.

We’re going to roast this loin in a method similar to my most popular post, this Perfect Eye of Round. We’ll blast the roast at 500F to create a nice crust, then reduce heat to 250F until it’s medium-rare.

Not one to leave a job half done, I also roasted some veggies with the strip loin. In duck fat. Naturally. To quote one of my favorite Navy war-era posters, “We Can Do No Otherwise.

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Hey everyone, for the first time since first starting this blog in 2010, I’ve finally done a redesign!  I spent this past weekend in Phoenix, at a WordPress event called Press Publish, where I spoke about my journey in health and writing.  I had a great time connecting with other bloggers and sharing stories.  While there, the kind folks at WordPress finally convinced me to try out a new look, and here we are.  There are still some minor tweaks I’ll be making over the next week or so, but let me know what you think!

Secondly, I’m happy to announce that I’ve teamed up with a service called Paleo on the Go, who delivers pre-made meals to your door.  I gave them an early look at Paleo Takeout, and adopted two of the recipes for their website – Sweet and Sour Chicken, and Eggplant Parmesan!  Better yet, every purchase of at least $125 will include these two menu items, plus an order of certified organic free-range chicken broth to boot.  To redeem, simply use the code “NEWPOTG” when you order (the items won’t show up in your cart, but the staff will add it when they fulfill the order).  This deal is only valid today (Sunday) and tomorrow (Monday), so don’t delay.  We’ve sampled their menu and enjoyed everything we tried – the items are frozen in food-grade plastic, which can be reheated in boiling water to delicious effect, similar to what I did with this Stew for You (or Two) recipe.