Hanger Steak with Bordelaise Sauce

6 Jan


Local friends: I’ll be cooking a four-course dinner as a guest chef at So Gourmet Pensacola on Saturday, January 17th from 6-8pm. There are still seats available, RSVP for the event here. See you then!

Hanger steak is a v-shaped cut taken from the diaphragm of the cow. It was a relatively rare cut until recently, because butchers commonly kept it for themselves; in fact, another name for this cut is “butcher’s cut”. It weighs less than two pounds, which is a perfect size for whipping up a date-night dish. Gents, take note: we’re only a little over a month out from Valentine’s Day – plenty of time to practice this recipe beforehand!

Hanger steak works best when cooked quickly over a high heat, and served medium rare. Marinating the cut will infuse it with a punch of flavor, but it takes a little away from the spontaneity of this dish. Instead, I like to complement the simple, tender steak with a rich sauce, like the Bordelaise in today’s recipe.

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Two Days Left: Family Resolution Revolution Bundle

2 Jan

Folks, just a quick note to remind you that there are only two days left to get the Family Resolution Revolution bundle. Three reasons why this bundle might be good for you:

1. If you’re looking to dive into a healthier lifestyle for you and your family, this bundle is an excellent tool. It features over 40 resources, including eBooks, workshops, meal plans, shopping lists, and calendars. All told, these resources are valued at over $880.

2. The bundle comes with a wide array of discounts, including 20% off Primal Life Organics (natural skin care, deodorant, and tooth powder), 15% off Honeyville (high quality almond flour) 15% off Chosen Foods (100% avocado oil, makes an excellent mayonnaise), 15% off the One-Stop Paleo Shop, and $5 off any purchase of $25 from Pure Indian Foods (one of the best ghee sources around). These discounts alone can easily cover the $39 bundle price.

3. This reason is purely personal: this bundle includes an early-access copy of my eBook, The Safe Starch Cookbook, which officially releases on February 1st!

Please note that by purchasing the Family Resolution Revolution bundle through my link I receive a commission of the sale.

2014: A Year in Review

31 Dec

Wow, 2014 really flew by; it definitely seems like I wrote my 2013 roundup post less than 12 months ago! Let’s take a look at what happened in 2014, and what’s in store for 2015.

First and foremost, thank you to everyone who has read and supported this website over the past year; The Domestic Man had just under three million views in 2014, up from a little over two million in 2013. It’s amazing to think that this little blog started in 2010 as a crazy whim, and it’s now grown to what it is today. None of that would have happened without your readership, and I really appreciate it.

I kind of, sort of released my debut cookbook in February. That was a pretty big moment. It’s funny, but having a blog has never felt that tangible to me, since it just hangs out there in the ether. But having a product in stores is a strange, awesome experience. The idea that people can walk into a bookstore and find it is just surreal. On a similar note, I recently found out that Costco is going to do a test run of The Ancestral Table in select stores starting mid-January. Depending on how well the book does in those stores, it could be pushed to Costco stores nationwide! When I know more info I’ll be sure to share it with you (and coax you into going to the test stores and buying up their stock!).

I experienced my share of other exciting news, too. I signed on with Food & Wine as a contributor, and you’ll start seeing my recipes appear on their site soon. In the meantime, here are some tips I recently shared with them for how to enjoy a Paleo-friendly Thanksgiving and Christmas.

I was also approached by the casting agency behind The Food Network to cast for this upcoming season of Food Network Star. I’m not sure that my personality aligns with the unique style that TV requires, so I don’t think I’ll get a second call; but it was cool to be approached nonetheless!

I also had a great time developing and posting recipes on the blog this year. Some favorites included Tuna Stuffed Potatoes, Chicken Tikka Masala, and Soft-Boiled Scotch Eggs. I also started recording some videos to accompany my recipes, which has been both challenging and fun. Finally, I started a new project: visiting health-minded food producers to see what makes them tick.

Hope you had an awesome 2014, and cheers to an even better 2015. Read on for what I have planned for 2015, including two eBooks and a ton of tasty recipes. Plus I’m going to sneak in a few lists, like my favorite cookbooks, novels, movies, and music of the year.

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Ham and Kale Risotto

30 Dec


So here we are, five days after Christmas, and you’re probably wondering what to do with the leftover holiday ham in your fridge. After all, there are only so many ham soups you can make before they get tiring (and I’m a big fan of ham soups). As I was thinking about everyone’s ham problem yesterday, I put together this ham and kale risotto for lunch. I thought you folks would enjoy it as well.

Risotto is the most popular way to prepare rice in Italy, and has been around since the 1500s. The rice varieties used in risotto (typically Carnaroli, Arborio, or Vialone Nano) are high in starch and impart a creamy texture to the dish. There’s a certain technique to making risotto: you create a soffrito using fat and onion, toast the rice and coat it in the fat, pour in and evaporate wine, ladle in hot broth until cooked through, then finish with butter and/or cheese.

The risotto-cooking process requires almost constant stirring in order to loosen up the starch and to keep the rice from sticking to the pan, so expect to spend a lot of time in front of your stove when making this dish (I usually grab a book or watch some Netflix on my phone). As an added bonus, your arm will get a bit of a workout along the way.

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The Safe Starch Cookbook

26 Dec

UPDATE: This eBook is now available, check it out!

Hi everyone, hope you’re having a great holiday! We decided at the last minute to spend our Christmas at Disney World (one of the perks of relocating to Florida). I’m in a giving mood, and so I wanted to share some news with you folks: I’m proud to announce that I am releasing a new eBook soon, called The Safe Starch Cookbook.

Along with compiling over 60 of my favorite carb-centered recipes, I used the eBook as an opportunity to put together all of my thoughts concerning this grossly misunderstood macronutrient. I discuss the historical precedence for starch consumption, the cost-effectiveness of mindfully incorporating starches into your diet, and some ideas concerning portion sizes and food timing. Not just a big carb-fest, I designed The Safe Starch Cookbook to teach you about the judicious use of starch to increase meal satisfaction and balance macronutrients to overcome cravings.

The recipes are divided into four main categories: rice, potatoes, noodles, and other starches (starch flours and starchy vegetables). The eBook is an interactive PDF, and will work on any PC, tablet, or smart phone. I wrote and designed the whole book from scratch, and I’m really proud of it; to get an idea of the design, here is a sample recipe for Bangers and Kale Mash.

The Safe Starch Cookbook will be released through this site on February 1st, but it is available right now as part of a really cool package called The Family Resolution Revolution Bundle.

This bundle features a ton of resources to help your family kickstart their health, including cookbooks, meal plans, eGuides, and annual digital subscriptions to Paleo Magazine and Paleo Living Magazine. It also comes with over $200 in discounts for Paleo-friendly products, too. All told, the $39 bundle comes with more than $1,000 worth of content. If you’re looking to grab some great resources for the New Year (and get early access to The Safe Starch Cookbook), this is a great way to do it. The Family Resolution Revolution Bundle only runs until January 4th, so be sure to check it out!

Please note that by clicking on the above link I receive a commission of the bundle sale.

I have another project in the works, but I’m not quite ready to share it yet – but soon! For now, let me know what you think of The Safe Starch Cookbook, and enjoy this time with family and friends.

Apple, Bacon, and Duck Breast Salad

23 Dec


I love the idea of a good salad. They are simple to put together, and can be immensely satisfying under the right conditions. For me, a salad should be about varying tastes and textures, while still fairly satiating; after all, nothing’s worse than sitting down to 15 minutes of chewing and not feeling satisfied. In terms of satiety, duck breast is pretty high up there – it only takes a little to feel full, especially compared to something leaner like chicken breasts.

So I threw together this duck breast salad, paired with the opposing tastes of apple and bacon. Not too flashy, but it makes an excellent midday meal. There is a lot of good advice out there on how to properly cook a duck breast, but I really like my method: crisp it skin-side down in a skillet, then flip and transfer to an oven until it’s ready. It’s an easy process, assuming you have an oven-proof skillet. If you don’t, no big deal – simply leave a baking sheet in the oven as it heats, and transfer the breasts to the hot sheet instead.

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Introducing My Meal-Planning Plate

19 Dec

Folks, just a quick note to show off some of the cool stuff I’ve been working on behind the scenes here at The Domestic Man. This illustration was drawn by my friend Alex Boake and highlights my approach to meal planning. For future reference, this plate will be featured on the About page of this site.

There is no one way to eat that is perfect for all of us. That being said, I developed this plate above over the past several years as a way to ensure that my meals are healthful, diverse, and satisfying. This “four corners” plate is based on traditional and historic cuisines (what I would expect to see on a plate during an episode of Leave it to Beaver), and meal portions that humans seem to naturally gravitate towards.

Proteins: seafood, fish, beef, lamb, bison, wild game, pork, duck, chicken, turkey, eggs
Starchy foods: rice, potatoes, sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips, plantains, yuca, taro, squash
Hardy veg: broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, radish, turnip, cucumber, green beans, eggplant
Leafy veg: lettuce, cabbage, kale, spinach, greens, herbs (side salad or braised greens)

I treat fruits, berries, chocolate, and nuts as treats (first articulated in the Perfect Health Diet), to be eaten seasonally and sparingly, and not factored into meal building. Healthy fats (olive oil, coconut oil, lard, tallow, duck fat, butter, and ghee) and acids (citrus fruits, vinegars, alcohol, and acidic vegetables like tomatoes) are added during the cooking process to taste.

That’s it. Have a great weekend.
Russ

Seasoned London Broil (Flank/Sirloin/Round)

16 Dec


Note: after talking to the farmer that provided the meat for this recipe, I realized that this cut was actually top round and not flank. I apologize for the mix up, and I’ve updated the post accordingly.

Let’s talk about the cut referred to as “London Broil” for a little bit. Back in the day, flank steaks (taken from the abdomen of the cow) were prepared using a method called “London Broil” (marinated and broiled). Over time, stores started referring to the cut itself as “London Broil”, and then started to use that label for top sirloin (from the cow’s rear end) and top round (from the cow’s hind legs) cuts as well. Today, you’ll find all of these cuts labeled as “London Broil”, but rest assured that this recipe will work well for any of those three cuts.

We usually use these cuts to make beef jerky, because it is consistently lean and easy to slice. But the other day I decided to prepare it traditionally by marinating it overnight and throwing it on a hot grill. I was surprised by how flavorful the steak turned out, and in the end it was a lot of delicious meat with little hands-on work.

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Faster Pho

9 Dec


Pho is one of my favorite dishes of all time. It was one of my first meals when I moved to Hawaii nearly 15 years ago, and I’ve eaten it regularly ever since. To this day, if I’m feeling under the weather, I immediately reach for the nearest pho bowl that’s lying around (if only it was that easy).

I spent years working on a good recipe of my own, which I wrote in 2012 (confidently declaring it my “definitive recipe” – ha!). I then updated and improved upon the recipe for my cookbook. I love my cookbook recipe, and I would confidently put it toe-to-toe with your favorite bowl of soup. Unfortunately, it takes over 7 hours to make it from start to finish, since I make the broth from scratch. While spending a whole day making one soup is very satisfying (and slightly therapeutic), I wanted to put together a faster version with similar flavors, which I’m proud to debut today.

This dish first emerged as a Hanoi street food during the late 1800s, and was brought to the US in the 1970s by refugees after the fall of Saigon. The inclusion of beef in the dish is reflective of its French influence; prior to French colonialism, cows in Vietnam were mainly used for labor and not as a food source.

Be sure to scroll through to below the recipe text, because I also recorded a video of the recipe. Thanks to everyone for your feedback on my last video; I adjusted my side camera angle so that you can better see what’s in the pots, but since this recipe is basically just a lot of boiling, it’s not very exciting footage!

For this recipe I used the US Wellness Meats eye of round, oxtails, and marrow bones, all sourced from grass-fed cows. I pressure-cooked the oxtail and marrow bones to make broth; I then picked the meat off the oxtails and added it to the soup with some thinly-sliced eye of round. US Wellness Meats is currently offering 15% off all orders under 40lbs using the code “soda”, and the deal expires at midnight CST tonight (December 9th), so jump on it! Okay, on to the recipe.

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Easy Glazed Pork Chops

2 Dec


First of all, I want to thank everyone who bought my cookbook or spread the word about that crazy deal last week. The Kindle version of The Ancestral Table climbed from somewhere in the top 105,000 to the #12 book on all of Amazon! My time near the top of the list was short-lived, but it was pretty awesome knowing that my book made it into so many new hands.

We spent our Thanksgiving with Sarah Ballantyne and her family in Atlanta, and came home earlier this weekend with enough time for me to develop and photograph a few dishes. After the hubbub of a holiday meal, I was in the mood for something simple and straight-forward. Pork chops came to mind. These easy glazed chops come together in less than an hour and are impossible to mess up. Bear in mind that you’ll want an instant-read thermometer to make sure they’re perfectly done; we use and love this one.

Don’t worry about the cut of chop (bone-in, center-cut, etc) for this recipe. Any of them will work fine, although thick chops are preferred; thin chops tend to try out quickly and are best prepared with a marinade, like in the Lemongrass Pork Chops recipe found in my book.

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