On Saturday, our friends Stacy and Matt of the Paleo Parents, hosted their annual Halloween party. Brent and I have a habit of inadvertently bringing foods to their parties that Stacy can’t have (she follows an autoimmune protocol, AIP), and I always feel bad about it. Plus, we knew another AIP friend, Sarah Ballantyne, aka The Paleo Mom, was going to be attending. So this time, I was determined to make sure we brought something that everyone could enjoy.
I began experimenting a couple weeks in advance, and the result was this AIP-Friendly White Barbecue Sauce. It is tangy and smoky, but you won’t find a multitude of nightshades that are present in traditional barbecue sauces. In fact, the only pepper is white pepper. It’s optional because some people following AIP can tolerate it (Stacy and Sarah both can), but others cannot.
Lastly, I want to point out that I made this white barbecue sauce using our homemade mayo recipe. Some folks can tolerate eggs when following a modified AIP. However, if you’re following a strict AIP, you’ll want to use egg-free mayo. Melissa at The Clothes Make the Girl has an excellent egg-less homemade mayo recipe that we’ve linked to in our ingredients list for you all to try.
After tasting my AIP-Friendly White Barbecue Sauce, Brent crafted our AIP-Friendly Game Day Wings recipe—Also live on the blog today!—and the two are a match made in heaven. Everyone at the Halloween party enjoyed the wings and sauce. We hope you will, too.
As far as I was concerned in college, bolognese was nothing more than browned ground beef drowned in tomato sauce. It was quick and easy to plop on top of a plateful of spaghetti, and it tasted pretty good. It was never as good as what I got in Italian restaurants, but in all honesty I was too busy and/or lazy to figure out what I was missing.
Lately, however, I have been craving pasta and Brent suggested we learn to make bolognese. So, I did some research and found a wide variety of approaches in cookbooks and on the internet. Some of my results: the meat was not always just ground beef (some recipes even included pancetta!), some recipes included wine, and just about every recipe used a different mixture of herbs and spices. Traditionally, bolognese is named after its rumored birthplace, Bologna, Italy, and is often also called ragù alla bolognese or just simply ragù (like the commercial brand). Dating back to at least the late 18th Century, this is a hearty sauce that comes with an interesting history.
We hope you enjoy our rendition of bolognese over zoodles or other veggies!
The following is a guest post we did about a week ago for Nom Nom Paleo. Michelle, who maintains the blog with her family, is a cooking/blogging sensation and are one of the handful of places we first turned to when trying to figure out how to “be paleo” [more gushing below]. Be sure to check out her regular posts and giveaways, as well as download her iPad app–it’s beautiful, full of great content, and worth buying an iPad (or iPad mini) for if you don’t already have one.
Once upon a time, when Heather and I first started our own documented cooking adventures, we were pretty lost. Still in the initial sticker shock/grief period of, “but what can I eat,” we spent a lot of time scanning the internet looking for “paleo-friendly” recipes and meal ideas. Michelle’s blog was one of the first I came across, as I was a pretty intense tumblr addict. Once I moved to Virginia and was juggling two jobs, tumblr went away, but nomnom stayed. I later found out the connection between fitbomb and nom nom paleo, and I was excited to see a pair that really thought about fitness and health when it comes to movement and diet. Plus, there’s the added benefit of following the family adventures since I’m not quite ready to enlist my own little army of helpers.
Just over a week ago, Heather and I received terrible news. Our friend and former neighbor Brian had died suddenly at home. We had seen Brian last at our house to watch a UFC fight and indulge on one of the most intense feasts of 2012: bacon-wrapped venison, steak, and sweet potato fries. I was full for 2 days. It was a great night of food and fights. His wife had recently been relocated for work to North Carolina, and we were looking forward to hosting them occasionally while Brian continued his school and work up here in Virginia. We were devastated when we heard the news, and have spent a good deal of time reflecting on our time together.