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A Tale of Two Chilis: My Review of The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook (and a Giveaway)

20 Mar


Left: Chili Con Carne from The Ancestral Table. Right: Texas Chili from The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook

I don’t know about you guys, but my teenage years were not very productive. I played and sang in punk rock bands, and we churned out a cassette tape release every six months or so. That was about it. At the time I felt like a pretty prolific chap, but it pales in comparison to the milestones that teen blogger Joshua Weissman (the writer behind the website Slim Palate and the newly-released cookbook, The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook) has reached in the past couple of years.

Writing a cookbook is not easy. Surviving your teenage years is not easy. Somehow, Joshua managed both, and while I can’t speak for how easily his adolescence is going, this book is a significant accomplishment in and of itself. But this book is even more impressive; it is the tale of one young man’s journey from obesity to health (he lost 100 pounds along the way). Ultimately, this project is more than a cookbook – it’s an early chronicle of someone destined for great(er) things.

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US Wellness Meats $200 Gift Card Giveaway!

10 Feb

People say nice things about companies all the time, and I’m always leery of endorsements. After all, companies are just big, hulking, impersonal machines, right? While it’s probably easy or convenient to say that The Ancestral Table is solely the result of my own hard work over the years, the truth is that my cookbook wouldn’t have been possible without the support of many people, chief among them my friends at US Wellness Meats. I realize that sounds a little extreme, so hear me out.

Two years ago, I sent them an email asking if they were interested in partnering for some recipes. This was my first time putting myself (and this blog) out there like that, and I felt sheepish writing such an assuming email – after all, at the time I had only a few hundred Facebook “likes” and a regular readership of around 50 people. But the USWM team saw something they liked in my little site, and sent me a box of various meats to work with; they also added me as their April 2012 Featured Chef, and my website took off from there. I attribute the turning point of this blog – from something I was writing for mostly myself to what it is today – to their support in early 2012.

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Le Creuset 5.5qt Round French Oven Giveaway!

16 Jan

In the months leading up to my newly-announced cookbook‘s release (less than a month now!), I have been giving away some of the tools I used when making the dishes found in the book. This month is no different – I’m giving away one of my favorite kitchen items. I’ve been using a Le Creuset 5.5qt Round French Oven for years, and it was one of the most important tools I used in making this book. Simply put, nothing beats it when it comes to braising and roasting foods. Le Creuset was awesome enough to team up with me to give away one of their French Ovens, which carry a $345 retail value.

To enter the giveaway, click here and enter via Rafflecopter. The giveaway ends midnight (EST) January 24th 2013, and I will pick a winner on January 25th. Giveaway limited to US residents. Good luck!

Cooking with Marinades (and a Giveaway)

9 Jan

We follow some very simple guidelines when it comes to making meals. First, we really only cook one big meal a day, dinner. Breakfast is usually eggs/meat and berries or fruit, or in my case during the week, I’ll often eat canned or smoked fish and berries or fruit. Lunch is leftovers from previous dinners. On many weekends I’ll cook a bunch of dishes at once (usually for the blog) and we can also use those leftovers throughout the week. That’s it – super simple, and definitely cuts down having to spend long hours in the kitchen.

But to be fair, there are some drawbacks to the type of recipes I often post on this site: they require a sizable time commitment. Not everyone has time to braise a hunk of meat for several hours, or the inclination to thaw and marinate something overnight. I try to combine some of my involved recipes with other, faster recipes (my Maldivian Fish Curry recipe comes to mind). I’m also very thankful for other like-minded sites that come up with quick, delicious creations using both ingenuity and talent (see: The Clothes Make the Girl’s Turkey & Cranberry Meatballs and Nom Nom Paleo’s Paleo Sausage Egg “McMuffins”).

Along those same lines, I still appreciate the use of pre-made sauces when in a hurry, like tomato sauce and Thai curry pastes. So when Steve from Steve’s Paleo Goods offered to send me a sampling of their PaleoChef sauces and marinades, I was intrigued.

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Essential Kitchen Tools Giveaway ($180 Value!)

14 Nov

In the months leading up to my cookbook‘s release, I’ll be giving away some of the tools I used when making the dishes found in the book. For my second giveaway, I’m giving away seven of my favorite kitchen tools:

Wusthof 7″ Santoku knife ($100)
13×18 baking sheet ($13)
12×7 cooling rack ($16)
10″ cast iron skillet ($16)
quick-read thermometer ($18)
4-cup fat separator ($15)
3 square yards of cheesecloth ($5)

As you’ll see in later posts, I highly encourage everyone to try cooking through my book when it releases. These tools will definitely help you get on your way. Note that this giveaway is for brand new versions of the items pictured above, not the actual items I used to make the book – I’m far too attached to my tools to give them away!

To enter the giveaway, click here to enter via Rafflecopter. The giveaway ends November 23rd 2013, and I will pick a winner on November 24th. Giveaway limited to US residents, and items will be shipped via Amazon.com. Good luck!

Giveaway – Win a Blendtec Designer Series Blender ($620 value)!

24 Oct

In the months leading up to my newly-announced cookbook‘s release, I’ll be giving away some of the tools I used when making the dishes found in the book. For my first giveaway, I’m teaming up with Blendtec to give away one of their Designer Series blenders (factory restored, $500 value), plus a Twister jar ($120 value).

Blendtec was kind enough to send me one of their blenders about halfway through cooking the recipes that would make it into the book. Our ordinary blender worked fine for what we needed, but the Designer Series Blendtec blenders take cooking to a whole new level. The touch-screen interface is a thing of beauty, and its features take the guesswork out of blending altogether. We now use it for just about all of our pureeing, blending, and sauce-making needs, as seen in this week’s Gobhi Musallam recipe.

To enter the giveaway, simply click here and enter via Rafflecopter. The giveaway ends November 2nd 2013, and I will pick a winner on November 3rd. Giveaway limited to US residents. Good luck!

Book Review (and Giveaway!) – Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining

25 Apr

Hey folks, I’m starting to get quite a collection of cookbooks (although it pales in comparison to this stash!), so I’m going to review some Paleo-minded cookbooks as I receive them, and give a copy away as well. If you have a book coming out soon, I’d be happy to have a look and run it through its paces.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Molly D. from Houston, TX, who won the giveaway. Thanks to everyone for participating!

I’m really excited about Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining, which releases next week. Personally, I think it is a huge step forward in the Paleo cooking world. Not only have Bill Staley and Hayley Mason created some really tasty recipes, they’ve upped the bar in terms of presentation and thoughtfulness. This is the first Paleo cookbook I’ve seen that I think can stand toe-to-toe with the best non-Paleo cookbooks coming out this year.

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Perfect Health Diet (Signed Copy) Giveaway!

11 Dec

UPDATE: Congratulations to Heather M., who won the giveaway!

Today I’m taking a break from my regularly scheduled recipe to host another giveaway. I feel like Father Christmas – two giveaways in one month! Don’t worry though, I will still be posting a recipe this week (on Thursday). And it’s a doozy.

The new edition of Perfect Health Diet comes out today, and I’m proud to say that I’m teaming up with Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet to host a giveaway: a signed copy of their new book! The Perfect Health Diet is the template I use to guide my own dietary habits, and it’s quite a coincidence that this book is coming out on the same week as my two-year anniversary of switching my own diet.

The Perfect Health Diet is a simple and thoughtful approach to eating, which could probably be summed up as 3/4 vegetables and safe starches, and 1/4 meats, with healthy fats and acids to taste. The diet avoids the same foods as a Paleo diet (cereal grains, legumes, added sugar, grain-derived oils) with the exception of white rice, which is considered a safe starch.

Here’s how to enter the giveaway (first one is required, second is optional):

1. Sign up for the Perfect Health Diet RSS feed and leave a comment on this post letting me know you did it. If you don’t use RSS feeds, you can “like” the PHD FB page or follow Paul on Twitter instead.
2. Sign up for my newsletter (on the right sidebar of this page) and leave a comment on this post letting me know you did it.

If you do both options, I’ll give you two entries into the giveaway! You can tell me which options you did in one comment to save time. The giveaway ends midnight Saturday, December 15th (EST), and I will select a winner using a random number generator on Sunday. Good luck!

Giveaway not restricted to US residents – international entrants are welcome!
Giveaway graphic by Alex Boake Illustration.

$50 Lava Lake Lamb Gift Card Giveaway!

2 Dec

Update: Congratulations to Evin H., who won the giveaway!

Hey everyone, I’m teaming up with Lava Lake Lamb again to give away a $50 gift card for their delicious lamb and beef products! You could be making dishes like my homemade gyro meat, Turkish grilled sirloin steak, or Rogan Josh in no time flat, or send some awesome lamb to a loved one for Christmas!

Here’s how to enter the giveaway (first one is required, second is optional):

1. Sign up for Lava Lake Lamb newsletter and leave a comment on this post letting me know you did it.
2. “Like” The Domestic Man FB page and leave a comment on this post letting me know you did it.

If you do both options, I’ll give you two entries into the giveaway! You can tell me which options you did in one comment to save time. The giveaway ends midnight Saturday, December 9th (EST), and I will select a winner using a random number generator on Sunday. Good luck!

Fine print: Giveaway for US residents only – Lava Lake Lamb is not able to ship internationally. The last day to order from Lava Lake Lamb in time for a Christmas delivery is December 17th.

The Domestic Man’s Illustrated Vegetable Mug Giveaway!

2 Sep

The giveaway is now closed, congratulations to Kent C., our lucky winner! For those that didn’t win, Alex has now set up an online store where you can buy her mugs, including a custom mug using any illustration she’s done in the past!

As you may recall, I’m a huge fan of Alex Boake’s illustrations and website (so much so that I made up her Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict recipe and also tricked her into illustrating my Kalbi recipe). So when she showed me her new vegetable mug designs, I knew that I HAD to host a giveaway for them!

Here’s how to enter the giveaway (first one is required, second two are optional):

1. “Like” the Alex Boake FB page and leave a comment on this post letting me know you did it.
2. Follow Alex’s twitter account and leave a comment on this post letting me know you did it.
3. “Like” The Domestic Man FB page and leave a comment on this post letting me know you did it.

If you do all three options, I’ll give you three entries into the giveaway. You can tell me all the options you did in one comment to save time. The giveaway ends midnight Sunday, September 9th, and I will select a winner using a random number generator on the following day. The lucky winner will receive a set of all four mugs delivered right to their door.

Fine print: Giveaway for US and Canadian addresses only.

More pictures of these beautiful mugs after the break!

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