I’m a pre-med student, foodie, wino, strength and power athlete, Iraq War veteran, hopelessly devoted wife, and mommy to two huskies and a kitty cat.
This blog is my happy place–my creative outlet for everything food related because that happens to be what I love in life. I’ve been cooking ever since I can remember. Mom put me to work as soon as I was old enough to stand next to her on my step-stool and help mix, grate, cut, whisk, temper, fold, baste, boil, dice, peel, and saute my little heart out. And…yeah… do a heck of a lot of dishes. Kids are so economical.
In case the blog title didn’t tip you off, I follow a Paleo diet. OMG, what does that even mean?! To me, the Paleo lifestyle encourages a whole new way of thinking about food. Food isn’t just something to satiate the appetite, not something to be treated as reward or punishment, friend or foe. Food is nourishment. Food builds, sustains, heals. When we make food into something artificial, cruel, and cheap, we become artificial, cruel, and cheap.
Making the leap into Paleo Land was scary. I had prided myself in being so adventurous with food and cooking my whole life and now I was cutting out entire food groups. I mean, WTF? I felt deprived. I felt like I was missing out.
Cue the HANGRY.
…But that was just silly. When I out processed foods as well as all grains, legumes, and most dairy products, I was determined that I would still find a way to make food beautiful and enjoyable. If anything, it’s easier and more fun. I mean, every recipe is an attempt to find new and creative combinations of fresh, whole foods to give people something they’ve never even seen before…whether it’s a fancy-pants new entree, decadent dessert, crockpot concoction, or quick and healthy weeknight meal.
Take the ho-hum and get jiggy with it.
Have my cupcake and eat it, too.
And when all else fails…um…BACON.