Brent recently bought a case smoked oysters because they are super nutrient dense. He ate them for breakfast one morning but I didn’t think I would enjoy them plain like that. As it turned out, they are pretty delicious on their own.
Still, I wanted to find a way to use them in a more palatable way. Smoked oysters are super savory. So, I perused the produce aisle in the grocery store looking for things to balance them with bright, refreshing flavors. Enjoy this salad on it’s own or with a side of steak!
When I was a young girl, my parents served lamb with mint jelly literally every time we had it. Plus, the lamb was often overcooked. (Sorry, Mom and Dad!) Of course, I didn’t realize that at the time. I thought lamb was supposed to be like that; and the mint jelly actually helped counteract the bland, dry, chewiness of it.
Lamb can be so much more, though. From lamb chops to lamb shanks, there are a variety of preparations and flavor combinations that work with this delightful meat. This roast recipe is super simple, moist, and delicious. Plus, it looks super fancy and feels very appropriate for a big holiday dinner with lots of friends and family.
Back in July, our friends Matt and Stacy of Paleo Parents released their second book, Beyond Bacon. I was at work the evening of the book release, but Heather attended in my absence and had a fantastic time. Among the guests were George from Civilized Caveman, Sarah from The Paleo Mom, and Russ from The Domestic Man. It was Russ who introduced us to Kathy, from the Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund. The FTCLDF is a fantastic non-profit that provides support and council to real food farmers, and I encourage you to check out their website and consider joining to support the cause. Long story short, they were hosting an event in August coined Baconpalooza. I was hooked at the name, and was even more intrigued to cook for hundreds of people using real food ingredients and raise money for a good cause. Oh, and Robb Wolf was a guest and presenter, which made my fanboy alarm go off as well.
Whenever Heather and I go out to eat, whether for work, or the rare occasion that she and I actually take the time to go eat out rather than cook at home, we’re typically pretty hard pressed to find healthy appetizer options. One of our favorites for the occasional treat (which we then regret) is every restaurant’s creamy spinach and artichoke dip. This past weekend in preparation for having neighbors over, I decided to finally give this a shot, and I’m happy to report that it’s not as difficult as you might think to recreate without the dairy.
I do also want to take a quick second to celebrate that Heather and I were selected as the featured chefs for U.S. Wellness Meats for the month of July. This was a great experience, and I think you will enjoy the recipes we put together for their blog. Most of them are new, and we’ll cycle in step-by-step with photos here on the blog over time. Please check out their great, grass-fed and pastured products and our write up!
For this week, I wanted to share a variation on breakfast sandwiches that I put together for Mother’s day. As a lifeguard growing up, we often went to the local deli for ham, egg, and cheese on an everything bagel, and I remember how great it was to be able to eat whatever I wanted with no noticeable affect.
These are a little fancier, but will still hit the spot for breakfast. Feel free to go wild and take your own spin with them, this is just a basic suggestion. The added bonus was being able to pick up these eggs from the local farm the morning of and enjoy them hours after laying. Cooking eggs that fresh requires a different approach, but boy are they delicious.