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Costco has always been one of my favorite stores, for various reasons, over the years. As a child, I loved it because of the free samples they would give out (I’ve always been obsessed with food, especially the free kind). As a young adult, I liked perusing their gadgets and, ahem, cheap alcohol. Today, I like that they have become increasingly quality-conscious when it comes to food items; in many remote cities, Costco carries the freshest, highest quality ingredients around. It’s slowly become a legitimate, viable option for families looking to improve their health through diet.

I was ecstatic to learn that every Costco in the United States is currently carrying my cookbook, Paleo Takeout. So much so that I’ve written up this guide to how to make the process of cooking through my book even easier (and more affordable).

Before we get to the guide, let’s talk about a giveaway I’m running right now: I’m giving away a $25 gift card to eight different readers. There are two cool things about these Costco gift cards (they call them “cash cards”): $25 covers the price of Paleo Takeout if you don’t have it yet, and you don’t need to be a Costco member to use the card! To enter, click here and fill out the Rafflecopter form. Giveaway limited to US residents, and will end at midnight EST on August 6th, 2015. Good luck!

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I have a long history with Bill and Hayley of Primal Palate. We first met online on, of all places, a Paleo diet forum in early 2011. I had recently changed my eating habits and was looking for a place to share my thoughts on the burgeoning movement; I remember that someone on the forum asked for a jerky recipe, and both Bill and I posted the recipes from our freshly-minted blogs, and the connection was made. If someone had told me that a few years later I’d be a guest at their wedding, I would have laughed them out of town. But I was! Over the years, we’ve both been at it nonstop – I’ve kept this little blog trucking (and wrote a cookbook or two along the way), while B&H wrote four cookbooks, created an iOS app, redeveloped and redesigned their blog multiple times, started their own frozen Paleo cookie dough, and have now begun a really neat project which I’m excited to share today: organic spices.

While their landing page will give you all the info you need to know on these newly-announced spices, I wanted to share a bit about them from my experience. I was lucky to be one of the first to taste-test the spices, and I was immediately impressed with their quality. The ginger, garlic, turmeric, and oregano are extremely potent and fresh – they put the spices in my spice rack to shame. The spice blends they developed (Adobo, Barbecue Rub, and Meat & Potatoes) are impeccably balanced, with distinct aromas and flavors that aren’t overbearing. I’ll admit it, I’m not the type of guy who gets excited about pre-made spice blends (I tend to make my own from scratch), so I think it means a lot when I say that I will likely be ordering replacements for my test bottles pretty soon.

If you’re interested in upgrading your spice cabinet, or if you are looking to stock up on some of the spices that are featured in Paleo Takeout, I encourage you to check out their selection.

Although my recipes principally follow a gluten-free, Paleo, Primal, and Perfect Health Diet framework, I often get requests to adapt my recipes for Whole30 and the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). These two eating styles in particular are further restrictive in that the former is intended to reset your eating habits, while the latter is designed to heal and reverse autoimmune symptoms.

I’m familiar enough with both eating parameters that I was able to go through every recipe in Paleo Takeout and make individual adjustments to comply with those requirements while still preserving the spirit of each recipe. So if you’re trying out a Whole30 or healing from autoimmunity, feel free to use this guide as a means to enjoy my book. I’m very proud of this guide, as it took me nearly a month to compile everything, and I was able to retain 94% of the recipes for Whole30 and 80% for AIP, which is pretty awesome. Plus this is definitely my longest post ever, over 7,000 words! Substitutions are referenced in order of appearance in the recipe.

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Hi everyone, I’ll be hitting the road this summer to meet readers and sign copies of Paleo Takeout. Along the way, I’ll be teaming up with some of my favorite authors. Read below for the details, and be sure to RSVP for the event so I know how many folks to expect.

Please bear in mind that while I’d love to add more dates and locations, due to my day job, this is likely all the travel I’ll be able to manage this summer (I am working to squeeze in one more date, more info on that soon!). I’ll be adding more information on each event as I confirm the details; for now, you can periodically check my Events page as the events near.

If you know of a great location in one of the cities below that doesn’t have a firm venue booked, I’d love to hear your suggestions. It’s surprisingly hard to get book stores to do signings, so any help you can provide (like asking your local shop to host my signing) would be very helpful, thank you!

If you’re not able to make it one of the signings, never fear – if you call FoxTale Book Shoppe at (770) 516-9989 before June 27th, you can order a copy of the book and I’ll sign and personalize it for you during my signing at their Atlanta shop, and they’ll ship it anywhere in the US! Okay, on to the dates.

June 19th – Pensacola, FL (more info) I’ll be at SoGourmet Pensacola and cooking dinner using dishes from the book, which will include Egg Drop Soup, Cauliflower Rice, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Kung Pao Pork, Vegetables in White Sauce. I’ll be also throwing together a Rice Pudding dessert from The Ancestral Table. Be sure to pre-pay for the event, and I’ll see you there – lots of fun (and wine) to be had!

June 23rd – Pensacola, FL (more info) Come by and get a signed copy of Paleo Takeout on the day it releases! I’ll be doing a small, informal celebration/signing at my local Barnes & Noble.

June 27th – Atlanta, GA (more info) This is my official book release party, with special guest (and Atlantan) Sarah Ballantyne in attendance! We’re going to have all sorts of fermented drinks, plus a broth tasting featuring broths and soup bases from Paleo Takeout, made by yours truly!

July 9th – Seattle, WA (more info) I’ll be returning to my home state of Washington and co-signing with Ciarra Hannah (author of The Frugal Paleo Cookbook) and Jenny Castaneda (author of One-Pot Paleo).

July 10th – Portland, OR (more info) with Mickey Trescott (author of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook) and Jenny Castaneda (author of One-Pot Paleo).

July 12th – San Francisco, CA (more info) with Simone Miller (author of The Zenbelly Cookbook) and Jenny Castaneda (author of One-Pot Paleo). Simone will be bringing snacks!

July 18th – Los Angeles, CA (more info) with Jenny Castaneda (author of One-Pot Paleo).

July 25th – Denver, CO (more info)

August 1st – Boston, MA (more info)

August 7th – Washington DC (more info) with Matthew McCarry and Stacy Toth, authors of Real Life Paleo, Beyond Bacon, and Eat Like a Dinosaur

August 8th – New York City, NY (more info)

August 15th – Austin, TX (more info) with Jenni Hulet (author of My Paleo Patisserie and Joshua Weissman (author of The Slim Palate cookbook. This event is going to be super fun, hosted by Picnik Austin; $30 admission includes a full-course dinner featuring catered dishes from Paleo Takeout!

August 21st – Chicago, IL (more info)

August 22nd – Kansas City, MO (more info)

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.

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.

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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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.

Hi everyone, just a quick note to let you know about this awesome event coming up in a couple days. If you remember, back in November, the Kindle and iBooks versions of my debut cookbook The Ancestral Table went on sale for super cheap as part of a “Buck Books” event. Well, the folks behind the last event are repeating this sale but with new Paleo-minded books! The books will range in price from $.99 to $2.99, depending on how large of a file size they are (books with lots of pictures, like cookbooks, have to carry a higher price on Amazon). As far as I know, all iBooks versions will be $.99.

This sale will be for one day only – to be notified the moment the books drop in price, be sure to sign up for the Buck Books newsletter. Here is a list of the books that will be available, in order of which ones I personally will be buying first! If you’re looking to stock up on resources at an unbeatable price, this is a great opportunity. Enjoy!

The Paleo Cure by Chris Kresser – one of my favorite Paleo-minded nutrition books
The Zenbelly Cookbook by Simone Miller – one of the best Paleo cookbooks out there
Paleo Grilling by Tony Federico – one of my favorite cookbooks of 2014
The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook – by Joshua Weissman – beautiful, simple recipes
Paleo by Season by Peter Servold – excellent intermediate recipes
Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker – NYT bestseller
The Primal Connection by Mark Sisson
Make it Paleo by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason – over 200 recipes
The Paleo Slow Cooker by Arsy Vartanian
Paleo Eats by Kelly Bejelly – just released in January
Make Ahead Paleo by Tammy Credicott
Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook by Sarah Fragoso
52 Healthy Paleo Breakfast Ideas by Caitlin Weeks
The Everything Paleo Pregnancy Book by Tarah Chieffi
Merrymaker Paleo by Emma and Carla Papas

Hi everyone, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at a one-day blogging conference, called Press Publish, which is hosted by the folks behind WordPress.com. This blog has been hosted on WordPress.com since day one, so I’m honored to be a part of their team for this event. I’ll be attending the Phoenix event, which is on April 18th – I haven’t been to Arizona in years, so I’m looking forward to spending some time in the Grand Canyon state!

The purpose of the conference is to allow bloggers to connect, learn new tips and tricks from the staff behind WordPress.com, and to hear from other bloggers regarding what they did to reach their audience. Specifically, my segment is titled, “How I Found My Voice”, and I’ll be talking about how I discovered (and honed) my niche in the world of food blogging. It should be a lot of fun!

Tickets are $150, but here’s the cool thing: I have a super secret discount code for you folks, for 40% off, using the code DOMESTIC40. Your ticket also comes with a free $99 WordPress.com premium upgrade if you use WordPress.com for your own blog, or for self-hosted WordPress blogs, a 1-year subscription to the VaultPress Backup Bundle. So let’s do the math: 40% off $150 is $90, plus a $99 value thrown in = I’m basically paying you $9 to come hang out with me.

Hope to see you there! Be sure to check out the Press Publish page for more info.