About Me

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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.

26 thoughts on “About Me

  1. thankyou so much for your recipes ! I have just started ‘paleo’ 7 days ago and have been stuggling. For me paleo was last ditch attempt to cure dermatitis on my hands – very painful & not very pretty. I have now been steroid free for 2 days and my hands are healing for the first time in 18mths !! your recipes are a godsend thanks !!
    Nicole

    • I’m so glad you like the blog and it sounds like you’re off to a terrific start. Keep it up–and please continue to share your amazing progress!

    • I have the exact same reason as the other Nicole before me! What a trip! Also I am going Paleo for multiple sclerosis. Hoping to heal myself and begin to feel symptom free!
      Thank you so much for all the tasty looking recipies!

      Nicole

      • Thank you so much….my aunt and cousin have MS so it’s near and dear to my heart. Please let me know how the journey treats you!

  2. Your recipes look delicious. I’m just starting to try to incorporate a more primal diet. It is extremely difficult considering my husband is a carb junkie and has a hard time experimenting with new foods (he doesn’t like avocado, coconut, mushrooms, cauliflower, etc.). So I’m trying to make small changes where I can. I’d love to try some of your recipes but I don’t know where to get a lot of ingredients.
    Do you have a preferred ingredient list for us newbies? Can I just go to whole foods to get coconut, almond and arrowroot flour or should I look online for specific brands?
    I’d love to see a post on your favorite pantry ingredients to have on hand and where to buy them.
    Thanks!!!!

    • Thanks! I was actually thinking of doing something like that once we get settled in the new house and have to re-stock the pantry–there are definitely some “little things” I can never, ever be without!

  3. I am allergic to egg whites and sensitive to chicken. So many Paleo staples and recipes have eggs. Any substitute suggestions?

    • I can probably post on this by itself (and I still might, it’s a great idea!), but for baking you can use 1 Tbsp ground flax mixed with 1 Tbsp warm water to equal 1 egg. For meat dishes, I may need to do a little more research, but in meatballs and meat loves–for example–you can sometimes get away with no eggs or you can use some kind of purée or gelatin powder. Email me if you’ve got questions on a specific recipe and I’ll see what I can do!

  4. I also saw your post on CNC. It was totally captivating. I cannot resist a honest blogger with a solid philosophy. I added you to my reader and plan to peruse the archives like a book :)

  5. Love your blog! So glad I found you. Been following paleo for 5 months and am on Day 20 of the Whole30! Love your sense of humor and great recipes!

  6. I have got to say that I have been following you blog and have been debating between diving in or not! You have been a great help in making that decision. Even though I don’t know you and you don’t know me and not to mention we are miles away lol. Thank you! For being an inspiration!

  7. THIS BLOG IS THE AWESOME! I just stumbled upon it while doing some random paleo googling (I’m pretty sure I googled paleo monte cristo….one can dream, right?) and then I come across this dream of a site! BOOKMARKING THIS! :D

  8. I stumbled upon your blog by searching for sweet potato fries and I’m so glad I did! I’m not a strict paleo nut but love the idea of introducing the lifestyle into mine ever so often. It makes me feel great. I started back up in support of a friend who is doing a crossfit paleo challenge. It’s tough but I can’t wait to see the results.

    I’m also in the military…AF officer and 26 years young. I enjoy meeting other people in my age group aspiring to live a healthy lifestyle and motivating others to do the same. Thank you for your awesome blog. I’m intrigued to try your recipes soon.

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  10. Um, I just read your blog post about your rant. <3-ed it!! I have Crohn's disease and celiacs and I too fell in love with paleo when it was a last step to my natural healing. (Get real doctors…medication is for squares) I tried a searh for you on Facebook and twitter because I really like your no bullshit approach to paleo advice! Do you have other social media sites apart from the blog I can follow. Ima fan!!

  11. I find myself coming to your site as one of the regular paleo-themed food blogs I get recipes from. Thank you especially for your paleo friendly dessert recipes! They have really helped when I am having a stressful week and just need something sweet to get me through, while still staying true to my diet choices.
    I finally just read your about me section and realized we have something else in common.. I also am a two dog mommy, one is a husky and the other is a husky mix!
    Keep up the great work, thanks again for the great recipes!

    • Thanks, Whitney! I’m definitely a sugar addict so that was a big reasons I started making my own healthier versions so I wouldn’t give myself diabetes :-)

      Also, huskies are the best. I don’t think I could have any other kind of doggie :)

  12. Hi, I am looking for this great cherry chocolate chip banana upside down cake I was told about from this site about two summers ago. Can you help me find it on your site? Thank you!

  13. I just printed off your recipe for the Eggnog Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. I plan to make them for a Solstice Party I’m attending this Saturday. My hostess must be gluten-free, as I am, and many of her guests have particular food issues, too. I can’t wait to try these! Thanks so much for your blog AND your service! And best of wishes with your finals and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

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