Rosemary Parsnip Chips

011I’m constantly playing around with making various types of chips and fries (frequently wrapping them in bacon). Today I carry on with my parsnip theme and my chip fascination. I tried parsnip for the first time four years ago. I was working on a mash trio. I had recently discovered the magic of mashed cauliflower, but I wanted to explore and see what else I could try. I wanted variety. I wanted to try new vegetables. In the trio I tried: rutabaga, parsnip, and celeriac (all for the first time). The parsnip intrigued me the most. It had an interesting flavor all on its own. Even though I confess, my initial reaction was: I don’t like this. I kept returning to the parsnip. It was definitely something I had to give a second chance to, so I could appreciate what it had to offer. And so four years later, I revisit it today in another form: crispy chips. These are so easy to make, so if you’re looking to try parsnip for the first time you may go this route, plus they’re just plain good.

Rosemary Parsnip Chips

  • 2 parsnips
  • 2 tbsp Coconut ghee (or lard or coconut oil or raw grass-fed butter or tallow)
  • Sea Salt
  • Rosemary (mine is from my market neighbor Carol)

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Hearty Parsnip Hash

005This week I got to thinking about parsnip. Why? Who knows why things float through my brain flow, but I intuitively felt I needed to give parsnip a chance this week. Let it shine. Plus I think it’s another one of those vegetables that many have never tried or even heard of. And I for one like to try new things, I am always hungry for change. So I wanted to begin this week with breakfast. I love eggs  in the morning. What goes better with eggs, but a nice hearty hash? Here is what I created.

Hearty Parsnip Hash

  • 4 oz. Sausage
  • 3 slices crispy, chopped bacon
  • 2 parsnips, cut into tiny cubes
  • 1 diced small onion
  • 1 diced red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cayenne
  • Italian seasoning
  • Grated grass-fed cheese (I used Sand Crest Jack from our local Swiss Connection)

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Almond Butter Banana Ice Cream on a Bacon Chocolate Dipped Cone

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You know I’m know I am truly loved? Because people spot shirts like this and not only think of me, but get it for me. So blessed to have such radical people surrounding me (shot out to the wonderful Wegers). Do I have a bacon problem? Is there counseling for bacon lust? Okay so I’ve posted 15 or so recipes featuring bacon. Oh damn, now that I look at this maybe I do, especially since this blog hasn’t even reached its first birthday. Well I am forced to do another bacon post in honor of my new t-shirt. I know you’re disappointed and I hate to do it (NOT) but here is a NEW recipe today (if you want more click my recipe page to discover more). What to do to celebrate bacon? It should definitely highlight my taste buds craving for savory-yet sweet. Maybe a little Elvis inspiration, or rather my nephew Trenton who loves peanut butter and banana sandwiches now, and who crushes ice cream? It’s getting hotter and I for one do not like cooking or baking in the summer. How about something cold? Then it just came to me: Almond Butter Banana Ice Cream on a Bacon Chocolate Dipped Ice Cream Cone. Is it too much? Possibly, okay yes, but we’re celebrating?!?

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  • 16 oz almond butter
  • 2 bananas
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp local honey (optional)
  • bacon
  • Enjoy Life Chocolate

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler

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After Easter, I have reaffirmed that: cooking is in my blood. Going to my Grandma and Grandpa Paulin’s means: Gluten-Free. After my grandma sounded off on box cooking, I knew we were of the same mind when it comes to food. Cooking from a box is not cooking and it is not homemade (at least to me). I remember my friend telling me she made a homemade cake. Did it come in a box? Yes. Oh, what is happening to this world? To me cooking is an art. A skill. It is soulful. It’s self-expression. Today’s world of convenience, instant gratification, and busyness, are killing the art of cooking. Thank you to my grandma’s and dad for teaching me the value of taking time to make a meal. To enjoy the process. To put love into my food. One of my grandma’s favorite things to make for my grandpa right now is this Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler (which I have tweaked a little bit here and I know it is not Paleo, which is why I didn’t tag it as such-but occasionally I like cream cheese). It was quick and easy to assemble too!

Strawberry Cream Cheese Cobbler

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1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup coconut flour
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Egg Breakfast Pizza

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This is the last egg recipe of the week (and it is GOOD)! The other day while browsing through the store produce section, I stopped at the cauliflower: I haven’t made pizza in a while. Hmm…. born was today’s post, a delicious, easy to assemble breakfasteque pizza. Note of course that this recipe is free for interpretation and personal creativity. Add mushrooms, take away the cheese, add ham and pineapple, whatever you want, Make it Happen.

Egg Pizza Breakfast Bake

  • 5 pasture-raised eggs
  • ground sausage
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • green pepper
  • salsa (homemade if you can)
  • grass-fed cheese

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Spaghetti and Eggs

021While pregnant with me my mom craved a lot of/ate a lot of Italian foods. Growing up I confess I always looked forward to spaghetti or pizza dinners (Yes I believe what you eat when you’re pregnant effects your children’s eating habits- my sister loves sugar). So why not do a spaghetti and egg meal this week? Exactly, it can never hurt to try! Here is what I came up with and the result is that not only was it incredibly easy to make, but absolutely delicious to eat.

Spaghetti and Eggs

  • Spaghetti Squash
  • 2 tbsp ghee or grass-fed raw butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk
  • sea salt
  • a tiny bit of cayenne pepper

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Creamed Eggs

This handsome man is my lovely, crazy, passionate dad. I believe he is a one of the reasons I love to cook so much. He is a bomb ass cook. Growing up, we lived in the country. Trips to town or fast food were rare. We had dinners together- prepared by my father. I also remember how we each had our Hell No I’m Not Eating That foods (mine was Tuna Casserole I hated it, but we also had the “You’re not leaving the Table until you’re finished rule, so I also have memories of being spoon-fed heaping forkfuls of casserole- I was a quite a stubborn child sometimes). My sisters were peas and creamed eggs. Mention creamed eggs today and my sister is sure to go into mocking fits of gagging. Me and my brother on the other hand adored creamed eggs. What are they? Think biscuits and gravy, but with hard-boiled eggs. So last week when I decided to feature egg recipes, I knew this was the first one I wanted to modernize. The result? I vote tasty and like I said I grew up on Creamed Eggs. I think another option to the bread could be doing the eggs and gravy over a sweet potato hash possibly. Hmm….

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Plantain Granola

095I have been on a bit of a plantain kick lately. Really I think I like the adventure of working with something new. When I told my friends I need to bake my plantain last week for my market they said, “whatever that is.” Even at work (a bakery), although, they’d heard of a plantain, none of them had any experience with one. Are they sweet? That is generally the first question. They look like bananas, so I think our first instinct is to think they would then taste like bananas. They are definitely starchier. And their peel is harder. You’ll have a hell of a time just trying to peel a plantain. I make two slices. All the way from top to bottom on both sides (sometimes they require four cuts). As I was prepping for my menu, I always wan to put granola. Maybe because my Grandma Paulin is notorious for awesome granola. Maybe because I like to think of hiker, travel/adventure, on-the-go, breakfast variety foods. So here is what I have come up with for a nice little change in granola!

Plantain Granola

  • 1 Plantain
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • Sea salt
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 5 dates
  • 1/3 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chunks (if I were making this to hike in hot weather, I would probably omit this one)

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Blissfully Baked Hard-Boiled Eggs

017I could eat eggs everyday! And I have. When I took off to Yosemite a few years ago with a plane ticket to San Fransisco and my back pack, I had four dozen hard boiled eggs to nourish me on my adventure. Besides generally, just liking eggs, I believe in the benefits of a good egg. What do I mean by good? I would first encourage you to click the link on grass-fed that I did. Pasture-raised are packed with more nutrients than conventional eggs. I get mine from a local farm (L & A Farms, which I have visited) at the Farmer’s Market, which also sells to a local grocery store. An easy way to tell if your eggs are nutrient dense and superior is the color. Pastured eggs are a deep, rich yellow color compared to the lighter, cloudier colored store-bought egg. If you want to find grass-fed farmers around you check out Eatwild. com, which lists state-by-state. Even better would be to raise your own chickens! Continue reading “Blissfully Baked Hard-Boiled Eggs”

Home Coming Burgers by Carl

I frequently talk food with people. When they share with me something tasty they’ve made, I say let’s do a post. Well I told my friend Carl and he was down for sharing a recipe. So here we go with my first guest recipe!

image(6)I am honored to say this is my friend Carl. After years of being a Marine, a hero, a soldier, he is home. Kicking butt, doing it all, hanging out with three (amazing) girls, being a Modern Renaissance man, and cooking delicious dinners for us all. Continue reading “Home Coming Burgers by Carl”