Functional Food Friday: Skillet Roast Chicken & Smashed Potatoes

This weekend we visited the Leucadia Farmers’ Market and one of our stops was at Descanso Valley Ranch’s stall. We bought one of their heritage chicken broilers and the farmer told us how he likes to cook his chicken. While we have roasted many chickens we had never thought to roast it in a skillet. He said that this method – which is so simple – results in juicy tender meat and crispy skin so we were ...

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Functional Food Friday: Lamb Wraps with Smoky Aioli

We typically buy our lamb from Costco. The lamb is sourced from New Zealand and the cut we get is a boneless leg. This is a big cut which is usually more than our family of three can typically eat in a meal so we always have leftovers. One way we eat the leftovers is crispy fried but another favorite is in stir fry served on Napa cabbage leaves with a homemade Smoky Aioli.

This week we make ...

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Functional Food Friday: Braised Leg of Lamb with Pan Sauce

Braising is a slow-cooking technique that delivers rich taste and tender, succulent meats. The meat is first seared in oil and then simmered slowly at a low temperature while partially covered with liquid, usually beef or chicken stock. The use of bone broth or stock increases the nutrient density by providing an array of additional minerals.

Braising is best done in a crock pot, pressure cooker or Dutch oven. We use our ceramic cast iron dutch oven.

In ...

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Functional Food Friday: Chicken Liver Paté Two Ways

If you didn’t grow up eating liver, whether it be from chicken, beef or some other animal, it can seem a bit daunting to try it. If you aren’t a vegan or vegetarian with philosophical reasons to avoid food from animals then liver is something worth trying. While muscle meat obviously provides lots of protein some other beneficial fatty acids and nutrients, liver is where the nutrients are!

Why is ...

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Functional Food Friday: Cabo Fish BBQ

When we are down in Cabo we visit the local farmers’ market to pick up fresh organic vegetables, eggs, raw goat milk and of course fresh fish just pulled from the Pacific or the Sea of Cortez that morning. The selection varies so we never know what we will get but we have enjoyed sea bass, shrimp, scallops and our favorite yellowfin tuna.

A favorite way to prepare our catch of the ...

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Functional Food Friday: Paleo Chunky Chili

It seems like Memorial Day is a day when there are many Chili cook offs around the nation so we thought today would be a good day to share our favorite Chili. Chili comes in many styles and flavors influenced by various regions and with specific differences that identify it as Mexican Chili Con Carne, Texas Chili or some other variant. rhe core starting point is always slowly braised hunks of meat. With some quality ingredients and a ...

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She’s a gatherer!

Since she started walking, walks with my daughter have been an exercise in frustration because she has to stop and examine every flower, every leaf, every insect. As she got older I started noticing some other oft-repeated behaviors but just thought it was a developmental phase. I commented to my friend that my daughter is like a pack rat. She just can’t resist a shopping bag and then walks around filling it up with random toys, stationery and other ‘treasures’ ...

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